The Government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is taking action to prevent workers falling from vehicles following a recent increase in accidents.

Companies are being warned to prohibit workers from climbing onto vehicles to clean their rear view cameras, which is a major cause of the incidents.

Falls from vehicles are among the most common accidents with on-site driving and the HSE says they are likely to result in damaging personal injury claims.

By law, employers must take suitable and effective measures to prevent anyone from falling a distance that is likely to hurt them, says the HSE.

Rear view cameras help drivers negotiate their way around objects, and recording incidents can bring substantial legal benefits.

Companies that value safety above everything else should fit reversing cameras to their vehicles as standard.

But, when rear view cameras become dirty after being exposed to the elements, operatives often climb up onto the vehicle to clean them, putting themselves at risk of potentially serious falls.

To avoid this, Vision Techniques has created a variety of innovative camera products to help prevent this situation occurring, eliminating any accidents and potential litigation costs.

These amazing new products include rear view cameras specifically designed to protect against dirt – so there is no need for manual cleaning.

The Vision Techniques shutter camera clears away dirt and protects the lens at the push of a button.

And the company’s exclusive high-quality Wiper System with Jet Wash system serves a similar purpose, representing a revolution in health and safety.

Steve Perrin, of Vision Techniques said: “The jet wash and wiper camera is a fantastic cost efficient solution to keep the reversing camera clean.

“The system prevents the age old problem of operatives climbing on the rave plate, or lifters to reach the reversing camera in its high location.

“A number of waste vehicles are now being specified with multi-channel CCTV systems. A clean camera is critical to capturing vital images for evidential purposes. Both Jet Wash and Wiper Cameras can be retro fitted on any type of vehicle.”

All too often, even the most comprehensive safety programmes are compromised when employees climb onto a vehicle.

The correct vehicle safety equipment is an essential part of every employer’s risk management programme.

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