December 1, 2020
For immediate release
Chapel Hill: Back-up beepers can be very loud and very annoying. Individuals who live near construction zones are often forced to hear a constant “beep! Beep! Beep!” all day long. The American Academy of Engineering reported that back-up beepers are the American public’s sixth most annoying source of noise.
Thankfully, there are several alternatives which can be presented to companies which employ back-up beepers:
- An “observer/ signal person.” In other words, a human being who warns when there is a danger.
https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2004-09-27 (scroll to the bottom third)
- A “white sound” alarm, manufactured by Brigade Electronics, which can only be heard in the danger zone (rather than from many blocks away).
Here is contact information for Brigade Electronics:
- The variable loudness “Smart Alarm” manufactured by ECCO, which retails for $83.01:
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet LINK is a national citizens’ coalition opposed to excessive noise.