FCC Case study

Plant equipment

Vehicles operating on varying FCC sites include:

  • Wheeled Loaders
  • Bulldozers
  • Telehandlers
  • Excavators
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Articulated Dump trucks
  • Compactors

 

SiteZone services used

As part of the deployment process a several site surveys were conducted to ensure smooth implementation of the system.

SiteZone Safety used its national engineering network for the installation of the systems and during this process several regional training sessions were carried out. Additional training was also provided to FCC’s own training team, so they would be able to meet the company’s own training needs post deployment.

 

Background

SiteZone Safety first met with FCC in late 2012. During 2013 trials took place at two FCC sites: one landfill and one waste transfer station.

The trials were successful but also identified scope for improvements to the system which would make it more suitable for deployment across the waste industry. The most significant of these was the development of the ‘limiter technology.’

FCC decided to move forward with the deployment of SiteZone proximity warning systems across its network of site operations.

 

The environment

FCC operates a large national network of varied sites and vehicles, including Transfer Stations, Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), Landfills and Energy from Waste sites (EfWs).

 

Deployment

The majority and 150 vehicles at most of the 50 sites had SiteZone systems installed and in full use for a six-month period.  

During the implementation process we realised that to optimise the system’s performance in certain applications and areas, an additional sensor was required.  This would allow for the creation of a different zone shape on loading shovels. A sensor would be required that could be positioned much closer to the end of the working equipment of a machine. This led to the development of the BucketZone sensor which has now been more widely deployed both on FCC sites and those of other clients.

 

Continuous improvement

Since the initial deployment of the SiteZone system, a service and inspection regime has been implemented by the SiteZone Safety Engineering team to inspect all the SiteZone equipment. Any system faults or breakdowns are covered under the service level agreement.

 

Conclusion/ Benefits

Paul Stokes, Head of SHEQ at FCC Environment says:

“As one of the UK’s leading environmental services providers, we are always looking to improve the way we manage health and safety. Modern methods, such as the SiteZone proximity warning system integrate very well with our other site safety measures and enable us to ensure continual improvement in the safety of our workers.”

About the author

Gary Escott is the co-founder of SiteZone Safety, he has worked in the field of mobile plant safety for 15 years and has worked on the introduction of technology based safety products across other sectors. His goal is reducing the risk of collisions between vehicles and vulnerable persons using innovative products and technology.

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