Three ways two way radio boosts on-site safety

Your average construction worker relies on all sorts of tools and equipment to help them through their working day. But one of the less talked-about pieces of kit that is nevertheless to be found in the hands of hundreds of thousands of contractors across most sites is two way radio.

Two way radio has a long history of use in the construction industry stretching back decades. As the first wireless communication device, it has played an important role in on-site communication and coordination, helping to improve the efficiency of how large teams are managed.

Linked to effective and efficient works coordination, another reason two way radio has always been such a big hit with construction firms is the way it supports safety protocols. With health and safety becoming an increasingly important regulatory agenda in recent years, firms naturally welcome all the help they can get achieving compliance.

Here are three ways two way radio helps to protect staff on site so firms are better placed to meet their health and safety obligations.

Convenience and mobility

The first way two way radio supports on-site safety is through its simplicity and convenience. The very first two way radios, despite providing a viable means of communicating on the move, were large and unwieldy to carry, not ideal when you have your hands full working on a busy site. But over time, manufacturers shrank down the size and improved the usability, introducing the familiar push-to-talk operation that allows one-touch communication with an entire network.

Although larger, more sophisticated digital models are now available, there is still a strong market for super-compact, lightweight, no frills two way radios which do the job simply, reliably and effectively. The first principle of communication equipment for site safety is that it must be straightforward enough for everyone to use, inconspicuous enough for everyone to carry comfortably and affordable enough for everyone to have one. Follow this link to see examples of these kinds of radios for sale.

Open lines of communication

The big appeal of two way radio for construction operators is the ability to keep everyone in touch as they move around a site. This means that information about potential risks can be shared in real time, for example warning people in different areas about vehicle movements and use of heavy machinery. It also means accidents and incidents can be reported more quickly and effective responses organised.

Reliability is crucial here. Modern two way radios are engineered to deliver excellent audio quality in all circumstances, with noise suppression technology to make conversations audible even when used around loud machinery. They also focus on maximising signal range, so users can get coverage in all areas, with a range of ancillary solutions available to boost network area. Another very useful innovation is hands-free VOX operation, which automatically triggers calls from the sound of your voice, meaning you can keep talking as you work.

Safety alerts and monitoring

Nowadays, the majority of two way radio models designed for use in industry come with various features purpose-built for safety management and worker protection. Emergency Button is now standard on the majority of handsets, providing a one-touch override which issues an alarm across the network. Man Down is another common alert feature, only the alarm is triggered if an unusual movement is detected, suggesting a fall. Lone Worker, meanwhile, is a monitoring protocol for users operating in hazardous areas, requiring them to make contact with the network at fixed time intervals.

Find Out More

Whatever the size of a construction site, two way radio offers a reliable, durable solution for keeping your workforce in touch and safe. Brentwood Radios has more than 40 years’ experience supplying two way radios to the construction industry. We offer full site surveys and equipment trials before purchase or hire. To find out more, contact us today.

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