AE Faulks Lead the Way in Sweeper Safety

AE Faulks continue to the lead the way in pedestrian safety by fitting Brigade Electronics 360° camera monitor systems to their fleet of sweepers.

The company are a leading plant hire and waste management company servicing the building and construction industries and consumers in the East Midlands. They take safety very seriously especially where vehicles are working in close proximity to vulnerable road users. Faulks has a fleet of vehicles including ten sweepers. Terry Faulks said:“The big concern where sweepers are operating is the risk of collision with people, especially in confined spaces and near road works.”

In order to reduce the risk a driver needs to be able to see all the vehicles blind spots. Brigade’s Backeye®360 Select is an intelligent camera monitor system that provides a birds-eye view of a vehicle in real-time on a single image on the driver’s monitor. Four ultra wide angle cameras each cover one full side of the vehicle with a viewing angle of 180°. High mounted on the front, rear and sides, the calibrated cameras capture all of the surrounding area eliminating the blind spots.

Terry said: “We were the first to fit Brigade’s radar system to our sweepers and it was welcomed in the industry but we wanted to keep ahead of the game. Brigade’s Backeye®360 Select is the best product on the market to do just that. We trialled a competitors system but Brigade’s product was better quality and had the clearest picture.”

In addition, Faulks then added Brigade’s Mobile Digital Recording system to record the Backeye®360 footage. Brigade’s MDR-304 mobile digital recorder captures up to 780 hours of real-time footage from four cameras fitted around the vehicle. The lockable hard drive is easily removed for connection to a PC or laptop for data download. The system is ideal for preventing false insurance claims but also to monitor best practice. Terry said: “The recording makes drivers more aware. It makes them stop and think. It has definitely changed their driving behaviour for the better.”

Faulks have also fitted Backeye®360 to one of their excavators to comply with customer requirements including the Skanska specification, and Brigade’s camera monitor systems to their eight wheeled tippers to comply with the FORS and CLOCS specifications. The retrofits were carried out by Brigade’s Service Partner, PB Auto Electrics based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Terry said: “PB Auto Electrics provide an excellent service and work with us to provide the best fitting options for the vehicle type.”