Numerous devices already exist to enhance safety on jobsites, although the new 'Crew Hawk' system from Salunda Limited also protects in hazardous and toxic environments, in areas of high voltage, where heavy plant is in operation and for people working in and around machinery in industrial, engineering and maintenance sectors.
The patent protected Crew Hawk integrates multiple technologies into a robust zone management system that improves the location of both people and machinery, providing position performance to avert incidents and cut the risk of workplace injuries and accidents.
Crew Hawk connects wearable locators attached to PPE and compact mag-mounted equipment sensors to a reliable and secure network, to automatically trigger personalised warnings and pause equipment to prevent a collision if someone is too close. In such cases individuals are alerted to the risk of danger by an alarm on the wearable device, with the system also preventing the equipment from moving until the individual has left the area and returned to a secure location. Hawk can also be deployed in explosive atmospheres and is ATEX and IECEx certified.
An intuitive user interface allows swift set-up to create a portable safety system that can be rapidly deployed across different industrial zones and will warn people before they enter a restricted or red zone, reducing the occurrence of costly lost time incidents or production downtime. Meanwhile ‘Flight recorder’ playback features permit incident investigation and analytical tools pinpoint accident blackspots.
Being modular, the system is upgradeable and the incorporation of digital ranging cameras provides additional levels of work area access, safety and security. It can also be integrated with machine vision to discriminate between ‘authorised’ and ‘unauthorised’ personnel and detects those workers that do not have wearable sensors, providing a uniquely fail-safe solution.
System versatility allows configuration for extended levels of access control to critical areas, assigning a serial number to an individual, or their role, to allow only authorised personnel to enter restricted or hazardous areas. Access control is also configurable more dynamically to manage different stages of an operation.