When you're overseeing a work zone, it's important to give some thought to the various pieces of equipment that you'll need. Pylons and barriers can be effective for many work zones, but another valuable piece of equipment is a camera trailer. As its name suggests, this is a trailer that you can tow behind a truck. It's equipped with a large tower that extends upward and holds a camera. Generally, camera trailers are powered by one or more solar panels, which means that you'll be able to use this device even if there isn't a power source nearby. Here are three effective uses for a work zone camera trailer.
Capturing Evidence Of Criminal Acts
Criminals can often target work zones in a few different ways. For example, people may visit a work zone after hours with the goal of stealing the expensive equipment that remains on site. Vandalism can also be an issue — for example, someone may enter the work zone to destroy something that is under construction. In addition to being a good visual deterrent against such acts, a camera trailer can capture footage of any criminal act that takes place. You can then share this evidence with the proper authorities, who may be able to use it to identify a suspect and charge them.
Documenting Work Zone Injuries
Injuries can sometimes occur in work zones, and there is always a risk of a work-related injury leading to an expensive workers' compensation suit. When you have a camera trailer on the site, it can be a valuable tool for documenting any work zone injuries — particularly, those that appear dubious. Sometimes, workers attempt to commit fraud by faking an injury. For example, if an employee alleges that they've slipped, fallen, and hurt their back at your work zone, the camera footage will show what actually happened. In the case of fraud, the camera could show that the person seemingly "fell" on purpose, rather than by accident. This footage may be instrumental in saving your company money.
Showing The Progression Of The Job
One way that you might not think of using your camera trailer is to capture footage that shows the progression of the work that you're doing. For example, if you're building a bridge, you'll have video footage of the project from the start to the end. A video editor can use this footage to create something short and impactful — perhaps a time-lapse sequence of the work — that you may be able to effectively use on your website or social media channels.
To learn more, reach out to a resource like Stripes & Stops Company, Inc.