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Scottish road workers glow in the dark

16 May 14 Road workers in southwest Scotland have been issued with a new type of battery-powered glow-in-the-dark, super high-visibility workwear.

The illuminating strip works by using orafal reflexite prismatic technology combined with a battery-powered illuminated core
The illuminating strip works by using orafal reflexite prismatic technology combined with a battery-powered illuminated core

Scotland TranServ, a highways maintenance joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Mouchel, says that it is “reinventing the hi-viz wardrobe”.

Scotland TranServ health and safety manager Brian Hume said: “We’ve been working closely with Fhoss Technology to develop this product for use by road workers in what will be a first for Scotland. The health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance to Scotland TranServ as we work on behalf of Transport Scotland to improve the trunk road network across the south west. By increasing the visibility of our employees working across the region we are also improving the safety of drivers, ensuring they have the distance to react and slow down ahead of the work area.”

Fhoss CEO Andrew Kimitri said: “We’ve been working closely with Scotland TranServ over the last few months to develop the product’s capabilities in the field. Following a successful trial the trunk roads operator is now ready to roll out our product to key employees. We hope other such organisations observe their use of this technology and follow a similar personal safety lead.”

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Network Rail has also been trialling Fhoss Technology’s illuminated clothing system and has helped to develop refinements.

Fhoss powered light safety wear will allow drivers to see our road workers from 300m, even in harsh conditions. The illuminating strip works by using orafal reflexite prismatic technology combined with a battery-powered illuminated core. This means that unlike traditional high visibility tape, Fhoss illuminates without the need for ambient light such as vehicle headlights or street lights.

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