Vehicle Camera Impact On Industrial Safety

According to the most recent statistics published by the U.S. Department of Labor, workplace injuries involving transportation account for 40% of all reported incidents. Additionally, fatalities reported in the transportation and material moving industries increased by 7% in 2016. Gaining popularity as standard industrial safety devices, vehicle cameras are a simple, cost-effective solution to the nation's rise in on-the-job accidents. Learn how companies are using vehicle cameras to enhance safety in industrial environments.

Real People, Real Impact

It can be difficult to imagine how cameras have a real-world impact on people who work in industrial fields. To illustrate the difference vehicle cameras can make, consider one worker's story. As reported by OSHA, an incident occurred in 2013 where a worker who was returning from a bathroom break was injured. As the worker was crossing the construction site following his break, a heavy equipment operator in an excavator did not see the worker walking in front of the machine.

Unfortunately, the worker was in a muddy environment and unable to get out of harm's way before the machine ran over him. The result was a fractured leg requiring major surgery and hospitalization. If the operator's equipment was outfitted with cameras, the worker walking in front of the excavator would have been seen before the operator chose to move forward. This is just one example in which an onboard camera could have kept a worker safe.

Backup Assistance Cameras

Passenger vehicles have long had backup cameras as an added feature, but now more companies are adding backup cameras to standard commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles, like delivery trucks and garbage trucks, that spend most of their operating time in the community are at higher risk to experience unseen obstacles or pedestrians in route. In addition to enhanced safety, backup cameras offer fiscal benefits. Insurance claims, lost man hours and legal expenses associated with an accident are reduced when prevention methods, such as backup cameras, are implemented.

Collision Avoidance & Lane Departure Cameras

Any commercial vehicle fitted with a collision avoidance or lane departure system relies on cameras to detect lane position and potential hazards. Beneficial for both on-site use and long-distance travel, these cameras help reduce the number of multi-vehicle collisions, improve obstacle avoidance, and decrease the incident rate of accidents and injuries in an industrial environment. Particularly useful for tractor trailers, heavy equipment, and material transportation, onboard cameras call attention to otherwise unseen objects or individuals.

360-Degree Cameras

Designed to monitor front, rear, side and interior views of an industrial vehicle, 360-degree cameras provide a comprehensive look at everything going on in and around a commercial truck, bulldozer or other equipment. In addition to this enhanced view, 360-degree cameras help keep operators accountable for their attentiveness and reaction to potential hazards. Companies have increased the number of 360-degree camera installations in recent years, but widespread adoption of this accident prevention tool is recommended to see a measurable reduction in workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Cameras in Industrial Environments

There are many types of vehicles that never put the general public at risk because they stay within an industrial environment, but that doesn't mean vehicle operation is risk-free. Industrial workers, site visitors, and operators themselves are at an increased risk to sustain injury without onboard cameras. According to the National Safety Council's 2015 report, occupational incidents resulting from forklift operation are most common in the construction, manufacturing, trade, and transportation industries. Onboard camera use within industrial environments can prevent injury, loss of life, workers compensation claims, and secondary expenses associated with occupational incidents with proper implementation and training.

Video: The Key to Industrial Incident Prevention

With a little planning and minimal resources, business owners can take effective measures to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Though not yet an industry-wide standard, cameras on industrial vehicles have the power to significantly impact individual lives as well as business outcomes by enhancing safety for workers and the general public.

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