Safety in the Construction Industry

Construction vehicles and mobile plants frequently operate within close proximity to workers and other site machines. Safety is fundamental but the driver and operator visibility are often limited due to blind spots around vehicles and mobile plant, meaning collisions can occur. Site workers may also be wearing ear defenders, restricting their ability to hear plant machinery approaching, which increases the danger. 70% of incidents happen during initial machine start-up and low speed movement because of poor visibility.

The UK construction sector also faces challenges in vehicle safety whilst operating on public highways. Vehicles often have extensive blind spots to the rear, side, front and nearside of the cab.

Many incidents involving vulnerable road users, especially cyclists are due to the nearside blind spot. Avoiding such incidents is vital to a company’s reputation and construction regulations compliance.

Construction vehicles and plant machinery operate in a range of environments and therefore require vehicle safety equipment to keep them safe. Health and safety in construction require companies to meet construction regulation specifications set by CLOCS and FORS for road-going construction vehicles. Brigade’s solutions include heavy equipment camera systems designed to eliminate blind spots, prevent costly vehicle damage and,  save lives.

Which Products Do I Need?

Brigade's construction vehicle safety systems are suitable for most commercial vehicles and plant machinery.
To help you select, we have created a series of guides featuring the safety products we recommend for the most common applications.

Select below to view the recommended Brigade products for each vehicle.

Problems Within the Construction Industry

Incidents and problems in the construction industry include:

  • On and off-road collisions due to rear, front a side blind spots
  • Site workers being stuck by vehicles and plant machinery
  • Ear defenders reducing site workers’ ability to clearly hear approaching vehicles and outdated tonal reversing alarms
  • Outdated tonal alarms being ignored by site workers
  • Noise nuisance complaints

How Brigade Can Help

By investing in Brigade’s safety solutions you can improve worker and public safety. Benefits include:

  • All-round visibility for safer, more efficient operation
  • Reduced accidents on and off-road
  • Reduced vehicle downtime due to accidents
  • Ensure compliance with construction regulations

Case Study - Smiths & Sons (Bletchington) Ltd Specifies Brigade Electronics’ Products for Entire Fleet

Smiths & Sons has taken a proactive approach towards ensuring the safety of vulnerable road users. Concerned about driver information overload and encouraged by the introduction and industry acceptance of specifications such as CLOCS and FORS, Smiths’ has specified Brigade’s Backeye®360, Sidescan® systems and mobile digital recording devices for its entire tipper fleet going forward.

Smiths’ Transport Manager, Paul Needle explains ‘In the past we have been actively involved in vehicle safety days around Oxford and we were also involved in the launch of the Mineral Product Associations’ cycle safety scheme. Smiths are very proactive when it comes to vulnerable road user safety and having trialled various vehicle camera systems, we were the first tipper operator to fit the Backeye®360 system ’.

Since fitting the systems Smiths & Sons has reported driver benefits, commenting in particular on the reduced information overload. Paul continues ‘I was very impressed with Brigade’s product, the Backeye®360 in particular. The drivers immediately saw the benefits of the all-round view and the system has now been made a part of our standard specification for all new vehicles’.

Safety Solutions for Construction Vehicles & Plant Machinery

  • Backeye®360 is an intelligent four-camera system designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and assist low-speed manoeuvrability by providing the driver with a complete 360° view of their machine in a single image.
  • Camera Monitor Systems can help eliminate vehicle blind spots to prevent collisions. Our heavy equipment camera systems are available to cover the rear, side and front blind spots as well as internal views and to monitor vehicle-specific functions. Multiple camera images can be viewed on a single in-cab monitor.
  • Radar Obstacle Detection informs the driver of distance between the vehicle and obstacles, whether moving or stationary, by providing a graduated in-cab audible and visual warning. Backsense® radar works effectively in harsh conditions and poor visibility. Programmable system with bespoke detection range up to 30m in length and 10m in width.
  • Reversing and Warning Alarms are vital audible devices to warn pedestrians and workers that a vehicle is manoeuvring. bbs-tek® alarms are the safest and yet quietest on the market due to their instantly locatable and directional sound. Options include smart alarms, which adjust to the ambient noise level and speaking alarms. bbs-tek® warning alarms are patented to Brigade.
  • Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection 2,3 or 4 sensor systems which inform the driver of distance between the vehicle and any obstacles, whether moving or stationary. Increases safety when low-speed manoeuvring, reversing or in the near-side and front blind spots where pedestrians and cyclists can otherwise go undetected.
  • Mobile Digital Recording By simultaneously recording footage from up to eight vehicle-mounted cameras, a digital recorder can provide irrefutable evidence in the case of an incident. The lockable hard drive can store up to 1164 hours of data which can be easily accessed via a PC or uploaded via the 3G network or dedicated WiFi.

Featured Product


Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system designed to assist low-speed manoeuvring by providing the driver with a complete surround view of the vehicle in real time. Benefits of the system extend beyond reducing collisions with people and objects. The comprehensive view of the surroundings aids the driver when manoeuvring at low speed and minimises damage, as drivers of larger vehicles can see and avoid objects lying on the ground.

  • Eliminates blind spots, improves safety
  • Comprehensive view of the surrounding area in a single image
  • Reduces collisions with people and objects

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