Supporting Construction Sites With Health & Safety

The construction sector is critical to the UK’s economy, contributing around £117 billion in revenue each year. Projects, such as HS2, the Thames Tideway tunnel and the Stonehenge tunnel, require hundreds of workers and dozens of machines operating on site to ensure work is completed as per the required specification on time.

Vehicle safety systems play a crucial role in delivering these projects, along with many others, safely and free from incidents.

Health & Safety is taken extremely seriously by the construction industry. And for good reason. According to the World Health Organization, construction is among one of the highest-risk work populations in the world with many injuries and fatalities caused by moving vehicles or machinery.

The good news is that incident rates are falling and in part, this is thanks to the requirement of vehicle safety devices like Brigade’s. Regulations enforced by FORS, CLOCS, HS2 and Crossrail that require construction machinery to be fitted with vehicle safety devices have, according to data released by Logistics UK, helped reduce accident rates by 22%.

Tough and durable safety systems with construction in mind

Despite these improvements, incidents involving groundworkers and moving vehicles are still a cause for concern. Here at Brigade, we are delighted to offer a range of vehicle safety devices that are suitable for construction plant and machinery. These include our best-selling 360-degree camera system, the Backeye®360, and our tough and durable ELITE range comprising our Backsense® radar obstacle detection systems, bbs-tek® White Sound reversing alarm, shutter cameras and monitors. Our ELITE products have been carefully developed to cope with heavy duty environments that require exceptional quality and consistent performance in the harshest conditions, including construction sites.

One of the latest additions to our product range, ZoneSafe, provides an extra layer of safety for groundworkers. It uses RFID technology to create detection zones around vehicles, reducing the risk of injury or damage from collisions and near miss occurrences to people and property.

Designed for use in challenging environments, including construction sites, ZoneSafe uses vehicle-mounted antennas that communicate with detection tags, which can be worn by workers, set up in restricted areas or placed on objects or property. When a tag enters a detection zone, the vehicle operator will automatically receive a visual and audible alert via the in-cab control unit, which will enable them to take the necessary action. Tags worn by workers on foot will also vibrate to warn of an approaching vehicle.

Approximately 70% of incidents on sites happen during initial machine start-up and low speed movement because of poor visibility. This makes ZoneSafe ideal for vehicles and mobile plant that frequently operate within close proximity to workers and other machines, particularly in difficult conditions. It provides fast, reliable and accurate data exchange without any limitation on the number of tags or antennas in operation.

For further information about Brigade and our safety products for construction vehicles, please get in touch.