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VIDEO TECHNOLOGY KEEPS DRIVERS SAFE

While looking for solutions to keep drivers inside their trucks and away from the high-powered concrete pumps, Ed Luce, area operations manager for ready-mix operations in Southern California, found that off-the-shelf solutions did not adequately meet the demands of our nearly 400 ready-mixed concrete truck drivers. "Anybody can provide a camera for looking right behind you when you are backing up," says Luce. "Depending upon where the pump was, what type of pump and how high or low it was, or the angle the driver backed in on, that one rear view camera mounted up somewhere near the hopper wasn't sufficient all of the time to keep the driver away from the pump."

 

Working together with Safety Vision, distributor of onboard surveillance and collision avoidance camera systems, we acquired two cameras for each truck – one at the rear of the truck and one installed on the chutes. We considered several camera configurations and arrangements before selecting the best design, which included an adjustable bracket for the camera on the chute. Now, the driver can make any adjustment needed and safely return to the cab before the material begins to flow down the chute. "The new arrangement keeps the driver away from exposure to potential pump failure," says Luce. "Drivers can sit in their truck with the windows rolled up and watch the concrete chute."

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June 2010