Safety takes center stage for Air Liquide fleet

Air Liquide Industrial U.S., a transporter of gaseous products such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon, is taking delivery of 133 new Freightliner delivery trucks all equipped with advanced safety technologies

Air Liquide Industrial U.S., a transporter of gaseous products such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon, is taking delivery of 133 new Freightliner delivery trucks all equipped with advanced safety technologies.

The first of the trucks were delivered last summer and the order should be complete before the end of the year, the company said.

Air Liquide is spec’ing the vehicles with DriveCam video event recorders, Meritor Wabco’s OnGuard collision safety system and roll stability control system, and Iteris’ AutoVue lane departure warning system.

“We are very excited to add these new trucks to our fleet,” said Steve Bellis, vice president supply chain. “This major investment reflects Air Liquide’s dedication to safety and reinforces our commitment to our drivers and the communities we serve. We will continue to maintain high safety standards and look forward to this new technology contributing to our safety goal of zero accidents and injuries.”

The DriveCam video event recorder is a proactive, behavioral safety monitoring system that allows the company to see how drivers respond to unusual or unexpected events. Managers can then provide feedback and coaching. The technology is also being retrofitted onto all remaining trucks in the fleet, the company said.

The Meritor Wabco OnGuard system uses forward-looking radar sensor technology to monitor the distance of the moving vehicle ahead. The system assists the driver in maintaining a safe following distance, and can help avoid and reduce the impact of rear-end collisions by braking as needed.

In addition, Air Liquide is also equipping the vehicles with the Meritor Wabco roll stability control system, that when used in conjunction with the Meritor Wabco 6S/6M anti-lock braking system, can help prevent rollovers by applying each wheel’s brakes in the correct sequence.

Also being spec’d is the Iteris AutoVue lane departure warning system which alerts a driver if the truck has drifted across the lane divider strips.

Air Liquide also requires all new drivers to participate in a safety “boot camp” and to go through a fatigue management training program.
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