Keyo Agricultural Services Ltd is a leading farming services organisation delivering speciality and agricultural services to food manufacturing businesses across the UK. The company is well established having been in operation for more than 50 years and prides itself on an ethos of premium service at a competitive price whilst maintaining a strong focus on welfare, compliance, and innovation.
Keyo boasts several notable UK food manufacturing customers including 2 Sisters, Moy Park, Avara and Maelor Foods. As part of its service to customers, Keyo personnel travel to multiple farms across the UK that support the UK poultry industry.
With animal welfare a key priority, farms must maintain a calm, quiet and dimly lit environment. When servicing customer farms, Keyo had identified a number of potential risks to personnel safety and sought a bespoke solution that could reduce risk to operators and handlers while causing minimum distress to the animals within the farms. Keyo approached ZoneSafe to create a tailor-made safety solution that would increase situational awareness and reduce the potential for vehicle/pedestrian incidents, whilst preserving the welfare requirements of the animals.
The movement of vehicles, specifically forklifts, in poor visibility was identified as a key risk factor within the farm and entrance areas. It was clear there was a need to alert handlers and vehicle operators when in close proximity without standard audio and visual alarms that could cause distress to the animals. With the Keyo team visiting multiple farms across various locations every day, there was a need for a fully flexible and portable system that could be incorporated into the remote operational safety kit.
Solution and implementation
The first stage of the project was for the ZoneSafe team to gain a thorough understanding of the risks being faced and the limitations to implementing a system in the farm environment. ZoneSafe personnel travelled to various sites, working alongside the Keyo team onsite to gain hands-on experience.
It quickly became apparent that by thinking creatively, the ZoneSafe system could be applied in a new and innovative way. Farm vehicles were fitted with ZoneSafe technology and wearable vibrating tags were allocated to personnel. The system was designed to deliver an audio/visual alert at the site entrance and a pulsed vibration to individuals when in close proximity of a moving vehicle. The easy-to-use system was incorporated into a robust portable case that could travel with the teams to be installed at each location within minutes. Locating the alerts only at the entrance of sites ensured operators could be alerted to vehicle proximity without any need for excess noise or light that could cause distress to the animals.
The solution is now in place across all Keyo teams and all operational forklifts, with very positive feedback and results. The number of recorded incidents has been reduced significantly while users have been extremely positive noting that the technology is easy to operate, quick to set up and makes them feel safer at work. By housing the vibratags and alarms in a portable case, the technology can easily travel with the team to various locations.
Neil Wilson, Training Manager at Keyo, said, “ZoneSafe has a strong reputation as a safety solution in high-risk workplaces so we had confidence that they would be able to create a solution to meet our specific needs. We can certainly attest to the exceptional service we received from ZoneSafe. They were on hand every step of the way to support our team and have provided fantastic follow-up assistance.”
“The ZoneSafe system now forms an integral part of our company procedures, PPE and safety training program. We would highly recommend ZoneSafe and have already identified further areas within our operation where we will undoubtedly incorporate ZoneSafe systems in the future.”