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High Speed Two: How can you make your fleet safer and fit for the HS2 construction?

High Speed Two: How can you make your fleet safer and fit for the HS2 construction?

Earlier this month we spoke about how the construction of the national project, High Speed Two (HS2), commences fully this year with the pace on current sites severely picking up. Just like with organisations such as the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) or CLOCS setting industry standards, HS2 have outlined their own requirements to make sure that their construction sites are the safest they can be. Read on to see specifically what products are required to meet the requirements…

Manufactured by Brigade Electronics, an Essex-based HGV safety company, SM UK is one of Brigade’s Service Partners and can install any of their equipment onto most vehicles. Any vehicle that is involved with any part of the construction of HS2 must comply to the rules and regulations as set out by the company themselves and outlined below is the specific safety equipment SM UK can install, and the equipment you require.

“Vehicles accessing HS2 work sites for mass haul movements will be required to adopt additional methods of digitally recording the activity outside of and around the vehicle, which can be stored for a period of at least 4 weeks, to provide digital witness and evidence in the event of collisions and near misses and for training purposes for the reasons of aiming to reduce the risk of future incidents…”

SM UK can help bring your vehicle up to standard by installing required safety systems including:

  • Audible Left Turn Alerts – just like on a van or similar vehicle, a HGV’s largest blind spot can be to the left (nearside) of the vehicle, and the driver may have no clue as to what could potentially be located here. Known as Vulnerable Road Users (VRU’s) these can include pedestrians, motorcyclists, animals and cyclists. The external speaking alarm that is usually installed behind one of the front wheels (usually 2nd wheel on vehicles such as a tipper or a tractor unit) will sound by emitting “Warning, vehicle turning left!” to alert any VRU’s that the vehicle is intending to turn left.
  • Blind Spot Cameras & Sensors – a combination of these two items can mean the difference between a VRU been seen or not. A Brigade camera has been put through rigorous tests to make sure that it can withstand a wide range of elements and conditions to make sure it still functions as it should and provide the driver with the added view they require. A camera can be installed in any location on a vehicle to assist the driver, but through SM UK’s many years of operations, we have found that the best locations for camera installations are in the following locations:
    • Front nearside wing – positioned so the camera shows the driver a full view down the nearside of their vehicle, eliminating any blind spots.
    • Front offside wing - positioned so the camera shows the driver a full view down the offside of their vehicle, eliminating any blind spots.
    • Facing forwards – installed within the cabin, located to the front of the dashboard, this camera has 2 purposes. The first, having a view of the road ahead, like a standard dash camera would do, and secondly providing a driver with an immediate view of the front of their vehicle, which can sometimes be hidden from view due to driving position etc.
    • To the rear, mounted low down or at the top of the vehicle depending on what type of vehicle it is and where is appropriate based around the vehicle function. Usually positioned lower down on vehicles such as a tipper or a flatbed. The camera is usually positioned higher up on vehicles such as a curtain-sided HGV.
  • Mobile Device Recording (MDR) – as an additional safety precaution (and one specified by HS2 themselves) an MDR can be installed and linked to any cameras that are installed onto the vehicle and store this footage for a period of time. Dependent upon which size of Hard Drive required, depends upon how much footage is recorded, before being overwritten once the drive is full. The footage from this device can be downloaded in many ways should there be a requirement to view it. This can be done by removing the hard drive from the vehicle, over a Wi-Fi network when in range of the business network, or through a 3G/4G mobile signal.
  • Side Scan Detection – a series of ultrasonic detection sensors can be installed onto a vehicle which can be used to make moving the vehicle around easier for the driver. These can be installed onto the front, rear or side of any vehicle. The most popular position for SM UK’s customers are along the nearside of the vehicle, mainly for left turn scanning and awareness. The ultrasonic detection sensors can help to alert a driver to an obstacle that could prevent them from making a manoeuvre which could cause an incident or damage.

This is quite an extensive list of products, but all ones that work together to make sure that your vehicle is the safest it can be when accessing any HS2 site. If you would like to know more about how to be the safest you can be whilst under instruction from HS2, speak to one of our team today. The details can be found on our Contact Us page or below.

T: 0845 388 3816 | E: enquiries@smfleet.co.uk

January 2019