HAMILTON, Ont. – Poor weather increases risk and affects the safety of workers. Whether maneuvering garbage trucks , or using equipment at facilities, one thing’s for certain – the safety devices have to be effective. Working at night and battling poor visibility caused by rain, snow, and ice, are everyday hazards for tens of thousands of waste collection drivers across Canada.
Heavy equipment and trucks often have to maneuver into tight spaces, as well as interact with other site workers and machines in congested areas. With adverse weather conditions it’s no wonder accidents happen.
The complex shape and size of many machines and work trucks means drivers have to deal with a significant number of blind spots. Given that vehicle blind spots are cited as one of the leading causes worldwide of machine work place accidents, it’s clear that drivers need a helping hand to identify when there is a risk of collision.
Blind spots are responsible for thousands of collisions around the world each year. According to the 2016 WSIB statistical report, being struck by a vehicles accounted for 13 per cent of all workplace fatalities. It is the third highest cause of work-related deaths after motor vehicle incidents (36 per cent) and falls (18 per cent).
Technology to assist drivers to avoid collisions with both obstacles and people is becoming ever-more sophisticated. Brigade Electronics – which is at the forefront of this technological revolution – has been pioneering a range of systems to warn and help drivers negotiate a raft of hidden dangers, protecting workers and road users alike.
“The priority is keeping people safe and saving lives by avoiding accidents but also protecting equipment from costly damage and down time. We’ve worked hard to develop technology that helps highly skilled drivers to be even safer and assist them with not only eliminating blind spots but doing this in difficult conditions and tough terrain,” said Henry Morgan, at Brigade Electronics Canada.
“For example, our Backsense Radar Obstacle Detection can detect both people and objects in blind spots even in harsh conditions, such as fog or snowfall, and provide the driver with the distances between the vehicle and nearby obstacles, whether they’re moving or stationary.”