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Measures to save lives and costs

In relation to the articles on safety in Construction News September 27 (‘Widening the safety net’, ‘Death fine’), I would like to express some necessary precautions.

Take for example, reversing vehicles. The HSE estimates that a quarter of all work related deaths are caused in this way. Other accidents are caused due to blind spots when vehicles are manoeuvring.

By simply fitting a side view and reversing camera/monitor system, drivers can see people and objects beyond their normal field of vision, preventing accidents, costly damage to vehicles and saving lives.

Brigade Electronics has been at the forefront of vehicle safety for over 30 years and worked hard to reduce the number of fatalities caused by work related road and site deaths. Our blind spot solutions such as Dobli mirrors and our side and rear view camera systems enable drivers to see beyond their normal field of vision, preventing accidents.

Another problem in the construction industry has been remedied with the revolutionary bbs-tek reversing alarm. Bbs-tek is a safer, more effective alternative to the traditional, but irritating, shrill of a reversing vehicle. The ‘white sound’ (broadband) frequency emits a sound that can only be heard mainly in the danger zone. The concentrated sound is both directional and easily located, unlike traditional alarms that can cause confusion as to which vehicle is reversing.

Bbs-tek has been endorsed by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) for its ability to reduce nuisance noise. This is a welcome move for many neighbours of construction sites, who no longer complain about the noise.

Members throughout the construction industry are realising the benefits of such devices, not only in saving lives but also the massive savings that can be made from costly repairs, damage claims, time vehicles are off road and accident pay outs.

Emily Randall
Brigade Electronics