Posted on 23rd Jun, 2016 by Jonathan Peach
Nearly 25% of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur while a vehicle is reversing. Many more reversing-related accidents result in injury or damage to vehicles, equipment and premises too. The way to reduce these accidents is really quite simple; all you need to do is fit your vehicle with a reversing camera.
Earlier this month, a construction company was fined £300,000 after an HGV driver was crushed to death by a reversing lorry. The accident occurred on-site at an industrial state, which was said to be so chaotic it was compared to the ‘Wacky Races.’
The 39-year-old HGV driver, a father of two, who was refuelling his road sweeping lorry at the time of the accident, was died instantly after the lorry reversed into him.
The accident occurred at night and according to a witness, the light was incredibly poor. While this may have usually contributed to an accident like this happening, the victim was actually stood in the reversing lorry’s blind spot – so the poor lighting conditions were irrelevant at this time.
About the events, Adam Farrer, who was prosecuting on behalf of the HSE said:
“A reversing camera that should have been used was found lying in the footwell of the cab and there was no yard supervisor in charge of the movement of pedestrians at the site. Most drivers did not know who was in charge of health and safety at the site. The prosecution say there was complacency at the company and it is only good fortune other drivers have not been involved in further incidents.”
This fatal accident is one of many that have made the news in recent years. In 2014, a reversing telehandler hit a sorter working in its blind spot. The Waste Firm behind the accident had not fit a reversing camera in the vehicle in question – despite having been prosecuted over an almost identical incident in 2011.
About this accident, HSE inspector Simon Jones said:
“Despite having a known blind spot, the telehandler had to undertake numerous reversing manoeuvres and it was only a matter of time before it hit one of the workers.”
He added: “The easiest way to eliminate such blind spots is to install reversing CCTV, which is easy and inexpensive to fit.”
The HSE advises that all large vehicles should be fitted with reversing technology and reversing alarms. At Vision Techniques, we have a variety of reversing technologies, all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of accidents.
Reversing cameras from Vision Techniques give you a better view of the landscape around your vehicle and tackle the issue of blind spots. The cameras cover every angle of your vehicle, no matter what its size. Our VT Cameras also offer features including LED night vision and ultra-wide lenses for those vehicles that would benefit from this.
Labelled our “next generation reversing camera”, the VT MotionEye reversing camera is high-tech solution detects any reversing dangers using analytics. When danger is picked up, a driver is informed of any visible damage. The 180 degree wide angle views also gives you a greater perfective of the area around your vehicle, removing blind spots.