Loxam launches LoxSafe telehandlers
By Belinda Smart15 July 2021
Loxam is launching a range of LoxSafe telehandlers, co-designed with Manitou Group and pre-tested by Bouygues Construction Matériaux, which designs, builds and operates projects in the building, civil works and energies and services sectors.
Loxam says the focus on making telehandlers safer comes in the context of the machines’ typically high annual accident rates.
Jointly designed by Loxam and Manitou Group, the vehicles were tested for six months by Bouygues Construction Matériaux, which observed up to two thirds reduction in behavioural errors.
Olivier Grurez, CEO of Loxam Rental France, said, “Loxam is particularly proud today to unveil its Loxsafe telehandlers and their assets for improving safety on construction sites.
“This is the result of our observation and long-standing risk analysis, which we have reconciled with the expectations of Bouygues Construction Matériaux to arrive at the design - with Manitou Group - of the solution: a loop of real-time alerts from the operator, associated with a platform for reporting and analysing information in the service of prevention.”
The new 14 and 18 metre LoxSafe telehandlers feature connected safety devices, safety alerts to support driving and operation, and telematics for reporting.
They also include new equipment including a side safety bar, a rear reversing radar with audible warning, an open door alert, sensors and alerts for tilting risk, and a safety belt.
Telematics connectivity through IoT (Internet of Things) technology generates alert notifications in high risk situations, which can be sent to the site foreman by SMS for immediate information, or to the work supervisor via email.
Data can also be used by safety managers through online access to a dashboard displaying statistics on alerts, by machine and by site.
Adrien Vacherand, head of external rentals France at Bouygues Construction Material said, “Thanks to the telematics service set up by Loxam on their LoxSafe trolleys, all the data collected allows us to better understand the reasons that lead the operator of the machine to put himself in a risky situation when carrying out a task.
“The exchange that is created between the teams who design the work to be done and those who carry it out is more qualitative, reducing the risk of mobile equipment.
Benjamin Carrouer, Global Fleet Sales Manager at Manitou Group confirmed production of the vehicles has started “and some equipment has even already come off the line and delivered. We have also started to develop this solution on new ranges of machines.”