A warning system, supplied by OnGrade, that uses radio frequency identification to alert drivers and pedestrians of each others’ presence should help to keep workers on waste sites safer and allow sites to run more efficiently.
The SiteZone Proximity Warning system lets the driver know when a pedestrian is close to the vehicle, and warns the pedestrian that their safety is compromised.
It uses transmitters that communicate with each other, providing a 360˚ detection zone around the vehicle and the ability to see around corners. The onboard receiver detects the location of tag-wearing personnel, and alerts the driver and pedestrian to each other.
The system also logs data, so it can be used for targeted training and continual improvement in site safety.
Andre Rayson, health and safety manager at Powerday, which uses the system, said: “The need to segregate moving vehicles and plant from pedestrians or workers is essential but not always easy. SiteZone has provided us with a workable method of making everyone aware of what is going on around them and reducing the likelihood of any contact between a vehicle and person.
“Clients and visitors to our yard have already introduced it to their workplaces.”
OnGrade recommends customers follow Health and Safety Executive guidelines for safe working practices relating to workplace transport before installing Site- Zone. It then provides training, servicing and maintenance.