“Anecdotally, on average one heavy vehicle Rollaway occurs every day in Australia. Of these incidents, one per week requires emergency services intervention. How does this happen? The driver forgets to- or does not apply the Parking Brake” (Dr Peter Hart (Chairman of ARTSA) – Prime Mover Article April 2018.
As seen on the news recently, Heavy Vehicle Rollaways are a common event- and they occur far more that what is reported.
Many people suffer serious and fatal injuries due to incidents involving the uncontrolled movement (Rollaway) of all types of heavy vehicles, including Tractors, Trucks, Buses, Forklifts, Tractors, Mobile Cranes, Earthmoving Equipment, Waste Vehicles, Sweepers, etc- and more.
In most incidents the predominant cause is where the Handbrake has not been engaged. Unfortunately, forgetting to apply the Handbrake is a terrifyingly easy mistake to make when exiting a vehicle. Add to this the risk of Rollaways when the driver uncouples the brake line or the air tank disengages the handbrake as it is pressurised during vehicle start.
Bus Safety Victoria- Bus Rollaways research released 23 November 2016, in Victoria alone, 47 bus Rollaways have been reported since 2000 resulting in injuries and fatalities to drivers, passengers, damage to infrastructure, homes and vehicles.
But there is a solution – LSM Technologies’ internationally patented- BRAKESAFE- Handbrake Failsafe Technology that prevents Runaway / Rollaway accidents once and for all.
BrakeSafe will automatically apply the vehicle handbrake:
- If a driver forgets.
- Leaves the seat.
- Opens the door.
- If brakes are engaged due to air pressure loss, BrakeSafe will monitor release to prevent Rollaway during start- up.
- Works with Ignition On or Off.
- Provides audible and visual alerts.
In addition, BrakeSafe integrates to LSM Technologies’ FSM Fleet Safety Manager Telematics / Web Based System for alerting, reporting, analysis of events and compliance.
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