Sensors for proximity monitoring are devices that detect objects nearby, or within a set radius, without physical contact up to a nominal range or sensor vicinity. When an object – either person or equipment – enters into the determined range of the sensor, the associated method of detection will record the activity and send data back to the sensor, warning devices or platforms. Common technologies used for vehicle proximity sensing include infrared, radio frequencies, Bluetooth and specialized lasers.
Hazardous situations they mitigate:
Proximity sensors were the most commonly mentioned safety technology for mitigating hazardous situations in our research for the Safety Technology 2020 paper.
Why It’s Important: The use of proximity sensors can help mitigate struck-by and caught-between injuries, which are two of OSHA’s “Fatal Four” leading causes of workplace fatalities.
According to NIOSH, these types of injuries can occur for several reasons, including (NIOSH, 2014):
Successful implementation of proximity sensors can provide a variety of benefits, including:
Proximity Sensors to Avoid Equipment Strikes at the Worksite: Some industries experience equipment and vehicle strikes at a higher frequency than others. This report looks at the use of proximity sensor technology for avoiding equipment strikes at the workplace. Download the report.