Earth-moving machinery: The EN ISO 5006 standard revised for improved operator’s visibility

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The final stage of the process of revision of EN ISO standard 5006 on “Earth-moving machinery – Operator’s field of view – Test method and performance criteria” has been completed.

This revision was requested by the EU authorities’ Administrative Cooperation Group (ADCO) for market surveillance, alarmed by the large number of serious injuries related to earth-moving machinery. In a note on visibility and the prevention of collisions between machinery and pedestrians, the French national research and safety institute INRS reveals that no less than 200 injuries due to crushing, more than half of which were fatal, have been counted in the past ten years.

The main purpose of the revision was to update the standard in line with state-of-the-art practice regarding the following aspects:

  • A direct field of view always preferred;
  • Improvement of the field of view in the area in the immediate vicinity of the machine;
  • Visual aid devices, such as monitoring camera systems and rearview mirrors, placed in the direction of forward travel;
  • Devices which must not risk being masked by moving parts of the machine such as an articulated arm;
  • Systems including mirrors reflecting one another are no longer authorized.

Again according to the INRS, these improvements, such as the combination of three cameras which would reduce the rate of blind spots on earth-moving machinery from 80% to 27%, should make it possible to prevent or reduce the seriousness of a large number of accidents.

As of its publication, this standard will become the authoritative national, European and international standard regarding the field of view of earth-moving machinery.

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