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What Is the Best Helmet Camera? Features of our helmet cameras.

What Is the Best Helmet Camera? Features of our helmet cameras.
What Is the Best Helmet Camera? Features of our helmet cameras.

Clearway provides cutting-edge body-worn and helmet-worn cameras, with a growing demand for real-time site management, robust health and safety enforcement and liability protection. Helmet cameras are one of the most popular models, with lightweight casing and excellent visibility, without impeding the wearer’s range of movement.

These slimline cameras simply clip onto a PPE-compliant helmet. In this article, we’ll look at the features and functions available, the benefits they offer, and what to look for in a professional-grade helmet camera to safeguard your site and workforce.

body worn camera capturing footageWhat Is the Best Helmet Camera for Site and Commercial Use?

Our preferred helmet camera is the inSite model, which is also available to be worn as a security body camera, easily clipped to a uniform for ease of use. These cameras are designed specifically to meet the needs of higher-risk working environments and evolving safety legislation, rather than domestic cameras for cyclists or other wearers, which have only basic functionality and are far less suitable.

A key attribute is a live-streaming capacity, which allows site managers, supervisors, and technicians to keep updated with progress, activities, and problems. If teams encounter something complex or require specialist guidance, they can communicate with central offices and colleagues without downtime. Wearing helmet cameras mounted at eye level gives control room officers and senior colleagues a first-person view, allowing them to diagnose issues or direct teams on the ground.

How Do Site and Commercial Helmet Cameras Improve Safety?

Safety is a fundamental consideration for multiple sectors and work settings, including lone workers, security guards, roadwork teams, construction workers and those in public-facing roles potentially exposed to risk, abuse, or aggression.

In many instances, highly visible helmet cameras can de-escalate or prevent an incident from occurring, with perpetrators far less likely to initiate conflict when they know they are being recorded. However, this is only one of the advantages of adding helmet cameras to your PPE assets:

  • Footage captured can be used to dispute liability claims, record a factual timeline of events, or support investigations by health and safety officers or the police.
  • Employers experience a significant decrease in false claims or complaints or can uphold complaints with independent video footage to corroborate accounts.
  • Fixed CCTV has limited coverage, often leaving gaps in perimeters that are not protected. Helmet cameras move with the wearer and cover any area not being monitored by existing surveillance.
  • Commercial businesses can review footage to monitor staff, ensure health and safety compliance, and pick up on inefficiencies in working processes.
  • Video captures can be used in training, quality assurance and other monitoring tasks, helping risk-assess real-world scenarios and provide realistic training situations for new employees or assist with site management.

To achieve these benefits, site owners or supervisors should ensure their helmet cameras have the right functionality and capacity to provide crisp, quality footage that delivers the information they require.

Clearway inSite helmet camera

Features to Prioritise in Construction Helmet Cameras

Battery life is important, with helmet cameras rendered redundant if they cease to work halfway through the day. Our inSite helmet mounted cams have a 12-hour battery life and quick charging so they can be replenished before every shift. Live communications are also essential for multiple reasons:

  • Two-way communications allow teams and colleagues to liaise, raise alerts, provide updates, or request specific tools or assistance to support high productivity.
  • Real-time location tracking can be invaluable in an emergency or where a worker has become injured or unwell on an active construction site.
  • Broadcast functions for team leaders allow notices to be circulated across all workers simultaneously, advising of changes to the schedule, inbound deliveries, or other information.

Standard helmet cameras provide solely a recording function with an in-built SD card, which does not offer any of these operational resources and has limited usability in a commercial setting. Monitoring is just as important as the functionality of the camera equipment itself; without live reporting or SOS call buttons, a serious incident may go undetected until some time later.

Clearway’s NSI Gold Cat II Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) can manage alerts, SOS signals and alarms from anywhere, 24/7/365, ensuring that where teams encounter an intrusion, material theft or any other problem, security response teams or the emergency services can be dispatched straight away. 

PPE Considerations for Helmet Cameras

Innovative helmet cameras can provide enhanced communications, workforce-wide collaborations, improved health and safety compliance, and oversight to allow managers, consultants, inspectors, or surveyors to review site activity in real-time. As an advanced item of PPE, they can protect colleagues and employers from incorrect accusations, non-compliance allegations, disputes, and abuse, particularly when working in a public-facing environment.

Alongside the camera equipment, employers or site supervisors should also consider the brackets and fixings used for any standalone device to ensure it does not obstruct the wearer’s vision or prevent them from carrying out their duties effectively.

Our front-mounted helmet cams are ideal as a lightweight and discreet unit that fastens securely to any protective headgear without potentially compromising the effectiveness of other PPE items. Eyesight-level footage is ideal, showing the wearer’s view and ensuring their perspective is captured should any videos need to be reviewed or investigated.

Advice on Choosing the Best Helmet Camera for Your Commercial Business

Of course, helmet cameras are not exclusive to the construction sector and are used in industrial and commercial industries wherever heightened health and safety risks, personal safety hazards or potential compliance issues exist. Clearway’s security consultants often work with clients who need outstanding oversight of work in progress or liaise with colleagues with technical specialisms to advise during production, manufacturing, design, or implementation.

If you recognise the benefits real-time helmet camera surveillance could bring to your business, picking the right equipment, functions, and features is important.

Please contact Clearway if you would like full specifications for our featured helmet camera, guidance on which safety wearables are most relevant for your intended uses, or to discuss the cameras we provide and those that would prove most convenient for your workforce.

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