Veolia integrates working zone and reversing camera feeds on RCV fleets - UPDATED17 March 2022

Resource management company Veolia has addressed the challenge of vehicle blind spots, areas that cannot be directly seen by the driver while at the controls, by integrating the working and reversing camera on refuse collection vehicles.

This high-definition camera, supplied by Vision Track, meets the work area zones for EN1501 at the same time as offering a wider field of view for the driver to use for reversing the vehicle. Providing both a reversing and working view at the back of the vehicle will enable vehicle drivers to avoid incidents involving large vehicles or mobile plant, and the potential injuries or damage to buildings.

These vehicle upgrades are being backed by advanced training, and are part of a campaign to improve the awareness of the dangers associated with blind spots for those working with or around large vehicles and mobile plant. To make this training more realistic, the supporting videos were shot using cameras and aerial drone footage for a RCV, a hooklift (roll-on-off) vehicle, and a loading shovel.

To help vehicle crews to avoid any problems caused by activities which involve getting in and out of vehicles and slips or trips on steps, Veolia has worked with Back in Action (BiA) UK to identify new footwear. The new safety shoe is lighter and more comfortable to wear, and allows good movement in the ankle and foot which reduces stress on the joints when stepping forwards out of a cab.

Richard Hulland, chief risk & assurance officer at Veolia said: "By using a combination of technology, backed by the latest training methods, we have given drivers enhanced visibility and raised awareness about the dangers of blind spots, and have seen a reduction in incidents. This has also enabled non-drivers to gain a completely different perspective and understand how their interactions with these vehicles can remain safe at all times."

UPDATED 21/3 11:00 to include the name of the camera supplier.

Transport Engineer

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