Red light zones around machines to protect Colas workers safe

Red light zones around machines to protect Colas workers safe

Colas has connected up with an a local construction machinery specialist in the North East to boost safety on its road sites.

Colas and Highway Service are radiating a reasonable red danger zone around their biggest machines.

The red beam is an obvious cautioning to operatives that they are in the threat zone in the event that they are inside the red line.

Colas said other contractors are now showing interest in adopting the system.

Carl Fergusson, CEO at Colas UK said: “Our approach at Colas is to inspire, pioneer and freely share improvements to safety.

“We are keen to foster relationships with other expert UK businesses which create innovative solutions which will be good for the whole industry – not just ourselves.

“We want to share this technology and are already sign-posting other firms to the developers, Highway Service.”

Working with Colas operational teams, Highway Service took existing innovation and created it to make an indisputable LED-lit red zone around the Colas construction machines.

Tossing a light cordon around pavers and rollers leaves Colas staff in most likely where workers and vehicles should be – and where they should not venture.

The system utilizes LED lights situated over the machine or on the canopy. During the evening, these toss a clear red box around the vehicle, marking out a solid red line around the sides of the machine to a standard distance of two metres.

This can be stretched out to coordinate the extent of the clearing action at the back of the machine with a five meter leeway at the back on account of pavers.

The framework additionally incorporates blue bolt lights, which clarify to the roller drivers the degree of the rejection zone at the back of the paver.

Lee Corbett of Highway Service said: “We have been delighted to work closely with Colas on this project and we are really pleased with the results.”

Fergusson added: “This type of knowledge transfer and collaboration in our industry is a strong example of the new direction of Colas in the UK, underpinned by our commitment to a safe, quality operational environment for our workforce.”