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Recresco invest in ZoneSafe proximity warning system

ZoneSafe warning system

Recycling operator uses RFID technology to ensure worker and mobile plant safety

DESPITE the successful introduction of new technology and better working practices, the incidence of personnel-vehicle collisions/accidents can still occur, especially in high-risk industries such as waste and demolition.

Glass recycling firm Recresco have enforced a strict health and safety policy across all of their sites and recently installed ZoneSafe’s proximity warning system to further improve safe working practices and reduce the risk of pedestrian and vehicle collision.

Recresco had identified the movement of vehicles and poor visibility as key risk factors to pedestrians on site and sought to invest in technology that helps minimize this risk whilst improving worker safety.

After a careful evaluation of the market, the company decided that the addition of the ZoneSafe system – which uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology – would add an extra layer to its safe working environment.

Recresco director Eric Gent commented: ‘We have a strong commitment to worker safety with robust safety systems in place to ensure that wherever possible, pedestrians and plant are kept strictly separate.

‘As one of the highest risks to worker safety involves pedestrian collision with moving vehicles, we felt the incorporation of a sensor and warning system was an essential investment. After reviewing various technologies, including 360-degree cameras, it was decided the ZoneSafe system of electronic RFID tags offered the most reliable and effective solution.’

ZoneSafe, which can be installed on all types and sizes of mobile plant, uses RFID technology to create an invisible 360-degree detection zone around vehicles, assets, crossings and walkways.

During operation, ZoneSafe electronic arm tags are worn by all Recresco personnel on site. When the proximity warning system detects pedestrians in close proximity to mobile plant, a loud audible and visual alert warns the vehicle operator to stop movement immediately.

ZoneSafe tags do not require a line of sight and are detected regardless of any obstructions, blind spots or poor visibility. ‘We are very impressed with ZoneSafe and confident the system is an effective way to ensure pedestrian safety in our facilities,’ said Mr Gent.

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