Publications / 2013 Proceedings of the 30th ISARC, Montréal, Canada

Improved Methods for Evaluation of Visibility for Industrial Vehicles Towards Safety Standards

Soumitry J. Ray, Jochen Teizer, Roger Bostelman, Mike Agronin, Dominic Albanese
Pages 1021-1028 (2013 Proceedings of the 30th ISARC, Montréal, Canada, ISBN 978-1-62993-294-1)

Poor visibility of powered industrial vehicles, such as forklifts, used in industry is often the cause of accidents that include pedestrians. Current standards allow up to 20 % non-visible regions for forklifts where measurement of these regions is performed by using lamps. A collaboration of research organizations, including National Institute of Standards and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology (NIST), and Direct Dimensions, has been evaluating advanced methods for measuring a forklift operator’s visibility. These methods can potentially improve visibility standards. They can also help forklift and sensor manufacturers to determine (1) how visibility-assist sensors and algorithms can be designed and (2) where sensors can be mounted on forklifts. This paper includes explanation of visibility measurement experiments performed and results, associated language suggested to standards organizations, and a prototype design for measuring the visibility of forklifts automatically.

Keywords: Blind spots, Construction Workers, Construction Equipment, Vehicle Operator Visibility