Avoid Confined Spaces & Fines While Reducing Risks to Workers

A pole camera system – like those from Zistos – can bring substantial value to a company by both reducing risks to its workers and helping the company avoid confined space entries and the consequences of worker fatalities and injuries. The cost of getting fined for a worker fatality can be significant and may have several adverse effects on a company, including financial, legal, and reputational repercussions. Here’s how the value of a pole camera compares to the potential costs of fines due to a worker fatality.

  1. Enhanced Safety and Risk Mitigation: A pole camera provides a safer alternative for confined space inspections, reducing the risk of worker injuries or fatalities. By using a pole camera, companies can proactively mitigate hazards, prioritize employee safety, and minimize the likelihood of oversight violations.
  2. Avoiding Fines and Penalties: Fines for worker fatalities resulting from confined space entries can be substantial, ranging from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the severity of the violation and the company’s history of compliance. A pole camera investment is likely significantly lower than the potential cost of fines.
  3. Legal Liability and Lawsuits: Beyond potential fines, companies can also face civil lawsuits and legal liabilities if a worker is injured or killed during confined space entries. Implementing a pole camera as part of safety protocols can demonstrate due diligence in preventing accidents.
  4. Preserving Reputation and Business Continuity: Workplace fatalities can damage a company’s reputation, leading to loss of trust from customers, investors, and employees. Negative publicity can have lasting effects on business continuity and growth. Using a pole camera to prioritize safety reinforces the company’s commitment to employee well-being and can help maintain a positive reputation.
  5. Improved Efficiency and Productivity: With a pole camera, companies can streamline confined space inspections, reducing downtime and improving productivity. Employees can focus on other essential tasks, enhancing overall operational efficiency.
  6. Preventive Maintenance and Cost Savings: Regular inspections using a pole camera can help detect issues early, allowing for preventive maintenance and avoiding costly emergency repairs that may arise from neglecting confined spaces.
  7. Employee Morale and Retention: Demonstrating a commitment to employee safety through the use of advanced tools like pole cameras can boost employee morale and job satisfaction. It may also help attract and retain skilled workers who prioritize a safe work environment.

Overall, the value of a pole camera lies in its ability to enhance safety & prevent accidents for workers, as well as protect the company from the potentially devastating consequences of worker fatalities and large fines. It is an investment that not only reduces financial risks but also demonstrates responsible corporate practices, fostering a positive work culture and securing the well-being of employees.

ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System Accessory – The Valve Inspection Camera

The Valve Inspection Camera (VIC-2-HD) is the ideal tool for searching drop valves of tanker trucks and rail tankers. This accessory is the perfect complement to the ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System (HDTI-5AR-TIP6-3.5Z)

The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System has been designed to perform a safe visual inspection of the interior of a tanker trailer or rail tanker car for hygienic conditions, residual heel, foreign objects, cracks, and corrosion. This uniquely configured video pole camera inspection system is inserted into the tanker hatch. It allows an inspector to visually assess interior conditions inside of a tank, without the need to enter into the confined space. The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System features a self-illuminating, 30X optical zoom camera mounted on a telescoping pole that can be positioned in any orientation for a thorough tank inspection.

The Valve Inspection Camera is a self-illuminating, high resolution, color camera on a 2-foot, semi-rigid gooseneck that attaches directly to the ZistosHD System handle. It can be manually manipulated to any desired position and can be interchanged with the pole camera portion of this system to visually inspect the drop valve and piping for hygienic conditions, missing gaskets, and other issues, from the back end of the tanker. This area is not usually visually accessible for an inspection and can be a source of contamination.  

The images produced by the system are displayed locally on a 5” or 10” display. Still images and video clips can be recorded for later review. The wireless display has a removable SD card for easy image archiving, but images can also be uploaded to cloud storage, if desired. The wireless video produced by the system can be viewed locally by the inspector, or over a network to others who can be situated in a remote location.

The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System with the Valve Inspection Camera accessory, allows an operator to conduct a thorough inspection in critical areas of a bulk transportation or storage vessel, in a safe and efficient manner.

Visit us at NTTC Tank Truck Week 2019!

From September 30th to October 2nd we will be showcasing the capabilities of our wireless ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System at NTTC’s Tank Truck Week 2019. Stop by Booth 326 for a hands-on demonstration.

ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System Benefits:

Zistos Applies New Technology To Help Reduce Confined Space Entry Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced the first regulation that protected personnel who work in confined spaces in 1993. Since then, we have come a long way in keeping confined space workers safe but until the number of fatalities from confined space accidents is at zero, there is still room for improvement.

According to a NIOSH study out of the 100 deaths investigated, the main reasons workers entered a confined space were to perform their work functions of routine maintenance, repairs and inspections. Most maintenance/repair operations start by visually inspecting conditions. We design the ZistosHD Tanker Inspection system to reduce the need to enter a confined space, such as a tanker truck, hopper, vault, or rail tanker. It accomplishes this by allowing an individual to make a visual assessment of the interior of the space without the need to enter. The ability to inspect these locations without the need to enter the confined space makes this phase of the process safer and more efficient.

The system (Part #: HDTI-5AR-TIP6-3.5Z), has a self-illuminating color camera head that features a 30X optical zoom. The camera head is attached to a telescopic pole which sits on the man-way and extends down into the confined space and can wirelessly send the video images onto a 5-inch, (optional 10-inch), tablet display. The inspection system can transmit video to off-site personnel and viewed remotely in real-time. In addition, it can capture the images on an SD card as still images (jpg), or motion video (mp4) in 1080P resolution. The captured images can be stored on a computer for future reference or included in maintenance inspection reports.

OSHA specifies in regulations 1926.1209(e), that if an individual enters into a confined space, (the entrant), that there must be an individual who remains outside of the space, (the attendant), and is specifically tasked with ensuring that the entrant is not in duress.

Camera technology can play a role to increase safety here as well. If following the visual inspection of the confined space it is determined necessary to enter, then the same video inspection system can assist. The OSHA mandated attendant can utilize it to visually monitor the status of the entrant from outside of the space via the video image.

Stay safe by using the ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System to inspect the entire interior of a confined space from outside the space. If a confined space entry is unavoidable, keep safe by using this same system as an entrant monitor with live video and two-way audio communication.

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