Fatalities during the 2011-2012 financial year continue to highlight the hazards associated with reversing vehicles in workplaces globally. Following a recent Queensland case, the coroner recommended that vehicles be installed with “smart alarms” for reversing. These alarms automatically adjust their volume to suit the level of background noise, increasing the chance that they will be heard by other workers in proximity to the reversing vehicle. They also emphasised the importance of using a universally recognised reversing beep rather than other warning tones, to ensure the alarms were not overlooked or misinterpreted.
Reversing Vehicles a Major Workplace Hazard