Automated side loader (ASL) garbage trucks have revolutionized waste collection by improving efficiency. However, the very design that makes these trucks so efficient also presents unique challenges, especially regarding visibility. Proper camera mounting on these trucks is crucial to enhance safety and efficiency.
Mitigate Key Blind Spots
The first step is identifying the major blind spots on an ASL garbage truck. Typical blind spots include areas behind the truck, the side where the loader operates, and the hopper area. Knowing these spots will indicate where cameras should be mounted to maximize visibility.
Rear Camera Placement
Unlike roll-off container trucks, cameras can be mounted high on ASL garbage trucks. The backup camera should be mounted as high and as centered as possible and will provide valuable depth perception.
Side Camera Placement
Side cameras offer many benefits such as refuting false claims of damage and enabling safer lane changes by seeing the camera views when the turn signal is active. Some possible locations include the front fender or a mirror-mount with both facing the rear. An added benefit is the passenger side camera capturing the loader arm to refute false claims of property damage like mailboxes.
Cover the Road Ahead
Adding a forward-facing camera will capture all activity ahead of the vehicle. While the other views are critical to driver visibility and displayed on the in-cab LCD Monitor, the forward-facing view is only needed for recording in the event of unsafe driving maneuvers and accidents.
The footage can aid in training drivers and refuting false claims. If a third-party forward-facing camera is already in place, the side and rear cameras can integrate into the system so all recorded footage is accessible in one place. Generally, forward-facing cameras (commonly known as “dashcams”), are mounted high in the center of the windshield to minimize any visual impairment of the driver and attached via 3M VHB adhesive.
Added Efficiency from Hopper Cameras
A hopper-mounted camera offers numerous benefits. Since the feed can be viewed on a monitor in the cab, it saves workers from having to get out and check the trash compactor and its volume. This ultimately increases worker efficiency and safety.
Weather & Impact Protection
Given the nature of their job, ASL garbage trucks operate in all kinds of weather conditions and can often be subject to rain, snow, and debris. Cameras should be enclosed in weather-resistant and durable housings to ensure longevity. Choose cameras that are rated for high durability and are waterproof.
Clear Views, Safe Roads: Final Reflections on Camera Mounting
Ensuring the proper mounting of front, side, and rear cameras on Automated Side Loader garbage trucks is vital for improving visibility and having a video record of all activity to refute any false claims. It’s also a significant step towards ensuring the safety of both operators and the general public.
There’s also the option to integrate the cameras to have all the recorded footage in one place. By following the best practices outlined above and collaborating with industry leaders, waste management companies can make their operations safer, more efficient, and more reliable.