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First order placed for new SiteZone Safety PDS

SiteZone Safety PDS

ESS Safeforce order 150 second-generation wearable personnel distancing systems to use in house

PROXIMITY warning solutions specialists SiteZone Safety are preparing to launch a new, more compact version of their wearable personnel distancing system (PDS) later this month.

In anticipation of its arrival into the safety market, ESS Safeforce, SiteZone’s hire partner, have made an advance order of 150 PDS units for use in their own organization, as well as for making some available for hire.

Ian Holt, who leads the Heavy Construction Division at ESS Safeforce, said: ‘We have been successful, exclusive hire partners and collaborators with SiteZone Safety for some years now and we know how effective their safety solutions are.

‘Given the current pandemic conditions, it’s essential that our workers are protected and meet the 2m distance rule, just as much as our customers are. That’s why we will be using the SiteZone Safety PDS ourselves.’

SiteZone Safety’s PDS design journey started in the first lockdown of Spring 2020 when they were asked to devise, at short notice, a wearable physical distancing system to protect workers building NHS Nightingale in Birmingham, helping them to keep 2m distance apart.

They succeeded in creating the first field-ready backpack PDS unit in the UK, but the team soon realized that the pandemic was going to be a long-term issue and that the design had to be refined and streamlined to meet continuing need, particularly amongst key workers.

Gary Escott, managing director of SiteZone Safety, said: ‘As we have seen, coronavirus continues to affect us adversely as we enter our second national quarantine. It’s vital that we keep essential sectors operational, and do so safely.

‘This is why we have refined our personnel distancing system, to be even more compact, effective and with a long battery life. Collectively, we have to adapt to keep Britain working where possible, and I’m confident that sound safety solutions like ours will lead the way.’

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