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Blind Spots in Construction Sites: Is It Inevitable?
In the construction sector, ensuring safety is crucial; however, blind spots, a commonly neglected hazard, pose significant risks to workers and vehicles. In this article, we will explore the concept of blind spots, particularly in construction sites and how they impact safety. By emphasizing the importance of addressing and sharing various solutions, we aim to raise awareness and minimize the risk of accidents associated with these unseen areas.
What Exactly Are Blind Spots?
Blind spots are the areas around a vehicle that are not directly visible from the driver’s seat. Today, “blind spots” are more often understood as “vehicle blind spots”. The image below showcases the viewpoints of the signal person and crane operator, emphasizing the limited visibility that persists for crane operators.
Addressing Blind Spots is Crucial for Safety
Blind spot-related accidents may be more frequent than we predicted. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on prioritizing improvements in truck driver, it was discovered that around 20% of crashes were caused by the restricted visibility experienced by truck drivers.
In 2006, National Transportation Safety Board issued a letter to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take action on the mitigation of blind spots.
NHTSA is aware of the hidden concern of blind spots, as is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH). The NOISH lists blind area diagrams of construction vehicles, including various kinds of dump trucks, loaders, and scrapers, etc.
Are Blind Spots Inevitable?
We have discovered that blind spots can occur on many construction vehicles.
In general, the taller and longer the vehicle, the bigger the blind spots. Compared to trucks and mobile cranes, tower cranes pose significant blind spot challenges, let alone human eyesight limitations and sun blind caused by the weather conditions.
What Are The Solutions?
An expanding array of technology is being investigated to address the issue of blind spots and mitigate the potential hazards or reduce the resulting risk. These include Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, anti-collision systems, collision-detection systems, and tower-crane-mounted live video systems.
Among these solutions, tower crane camera systems are gaining attention due to their ability to save 29% of total traveling time (loading and unloading) at construction sites. Last but not least, it is important to highlight that this is only the measurable quantitative data reported in the study of vision system for tower cranes, without taking into account the enhanced confidence of the operators.
We Have The Solution
Hercules is the tower crane camera system that has been improved and upgraded to fit the market’s needs and expectations. With the latest WiFi 5GHz technology, Hercules has overcome a common latency issue in streaming 2K high-resolution video footage over long-range distances.
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What is Heat Stress?
Heat stress is the effect that the thermal environment has on a person’s ability to maintain a normal body temperature. Physical work generates heat in the body which must be lost to the environment through sweating and evaporation. A hot or humid environment makes this more difficult and this can affect both mental and physical performance. Inability to get rid of body heat adequately may result in heat illness.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.
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What is Heat Stress?
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