Brigade Electronics explains why vehicle safety in construction is still a concern

PORTLAND, Ind., July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Construction site safety has improved dramatically over the past fifty years. However, the latest OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) report shows that construction leads the most dangerous occupations in the United States for fatal injuries.

One of the leading causes of worker fatalities is being struck by a moving vehicle. In fact, OSHA reports that approximately 75% of collision fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes.

Workplace Safety Laws, enforced and regulated by OSHA, provide comprehensive information on the standards that must be in place by companies operating in the construction industry – those found guilty of violating these rules face heavy fines.

In 2021, Atlantic Coast Utilities LLC/Advanced Utilities Inc. was cited for 28 regulatory violations and ordered to pay more than $1.3 million to fines after two employees were hit and killed by a dump truck.

In a statement, OSHA said the violations included “the company’s refusal to train the two fatally injured employees and other workers to recognize and avoid job-related hazards” and that the company “n Nor did they carry out site inspections to identify and correct hazards, including the risk of being struck by construction machinery.

Obviously, vehicle safety should always be taken seriously. But regulations can also be subject to interpretation. Certainly, there are question marks over the duties and responsibilities of companies, operators and individuals when it comes to ensuring that hazards posed by vehicles on construction sites are avoided.

Large construction vehicles are notorious for having complex and numerous blind spots, and visibility has long been an issue for drivers and field workers.

OSHA regulations state that no contractor or subcontractor for any part of the work under the contract shall require any workman or mechanic employed in the performance of the contract to work in an unsanitary, dangerous or dangerous to his health or safety.

Material handling equipment rules also require scrapers, loaders, crawler or wheel tractors, bulldozers, off-road trucks, graders, agricultural and industrial tractors, and similar equipment to be equipped with alarms. sound. but what does that mean?

Although the regulations do not state precisely what type of alarm is best or how this should be applied, it is clear that operators and their drivers have a legal obligation to ensure that people are not put in danger. danger from vehicles under their control. In the event of an incident, an operator or driver could be prosecuted and face heavy fines if found to have broken these rules. So how can operators and drivers ensure they are not breaking these rules?

Corey Heniser is a vehicle safety expert and CEO of Brigade Electronics INC, a leading provider of construction vehicle safety devices and solutions. He said:

“Construction sites can be extremely harsh and unpredictable environments. Therefore, maintaining safety at all times can be very difficult. On construction sites, the need for safety is paramount, especially since the slightest mistake can have devastating consequences.

“A variety of technologies are helping to solve the problem of restricted visibility and blind spots on vehicles operating on construction sites. One of them includes the latest RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, such as the system Brigade’s ZoneSafe proximity warning system, which will be launched in the United States later this month.”

Ideal for construction sites, ZoneSafe uses vehicle-mounted antennas that communicate with sensor beacons, which can be worn by workers or placed on objects or property. When a badge enters a detection zone, the driver of the vehicle automatically receives a visual and audible alert via the in-cab control unit, allowing him to take the necessary measures. Tags worn by workers on foot will also vibrate to warn of approaching vehicles.

Since ZoneSafe uses RFID technology, tags will be detected regardless of obstacles, blind spots, adverse weather conditions or poor visibility. Each tag can be uniquely identified and linked to individuals or objects and does not require line of sight to alert the operator of a potential obstruction.

Corey continued:

“This technology is ideal for all types of construction vehicles that frequently operate near workers and other machinery. The system allows fast, reliable and accurate data exchange without any limitations on the number of tags or antennas in operation, making it perfect for large areas like busy construction sites.”

As the industry prepares for the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Expo: PWX 2022 in August, safety remains a priority.

Corey added:

“Driver training is key to ensuring safety standards are met. However, vehicle safety technology can add an extra layer of safety and peace of mind to operators struggling to keep their workplaces free of danger.”

Brigade Electronics Inc. will attend PWX 2022 at Charlotte Congress Palace, Charlotte, North Carolina of August 28e at August 31st and showcasing its range of mobile and construction vehicle safety systems, including ZoneSafe.

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