Ensuring the safety of staff and the public is a fundamental legal requirement to operate a business in New Zealand.
The focus of reduced harm and working towards zero harm is built into the values and culture of many businesses in New Zealand. Most believe in the ethos that staff should be able to work and return home unharmed. The Health and Safety at Work Act that came into force from April 2016 puts further requirement on company managers and directors to ensure the safety of their staff. One of the fundamental parts of this legislation is that employers must take all practical steps to reduce or eliminate identified workplace hazards.
Commercial vehicles used in transport, forestry, quarry and mining, farming and roading construction present many hazards to the safety of operators and pedestrians outside of the vehicles. Statistics from some of these industries suggest that more than 50% of the incidents where people are injured or killed involve reversing vehicles. Rearsense equipment is designed to either warn the pedestrians and assist the operator to avoid a collision.
We believe the use of this equipment is an essential, practical step employers can make to reduce the risk of injury. It also is likely to reduce the number of non-injury collisions, that may be costly in terms of repair.