Plant Safety Shield System

On a site where people and plant occupy the same space, there is a greater risk of accident and/or injury to operatives. Sites need initiatives in place to minimise the risk of accident and ensure a swift response to any incident.

See the examples below for how one site addressed this problem:

  • Used the ‘banksman safety shield’ system, which enables banksmen to instantly disable plant with a control fob if they notice a dangerous situation such as people too close to moving plant.
  • Trialled the ‘rail safety shield’ for use when working next to live rail lines. Separate units are placed at a certain distance apart to create an invisible fence between 1m – 4m high. If plant reaches the set distance away from the barrier the plant is disabled; plant cannot cross the barrier.
  • Forward facing cameras have also been installed on all dumpers.

These innovative safety systems greatly reduce the risk of accident caused by plant by automatically shutting down the machinery when it enters a dangerous situation.

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Monitor report. VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd. London. March 2017.

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