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Unanswered Questions, Facts About Beeper Alarm Exposed

Updated on February 29, 2016
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Know the facts

I know that today's topic is nothing new, but after reading it, I do hope that you share my excitement in presenting it to you, my treasured-followers.

If you have ever been driving or walking near a construction site you were to have heard that very annoying, unmistakable "beep . . .beep . . .beep . . ." coming from a bulldozer, front-end loader or dump truck. No matter where the heavy equipment is being used or a delivery truck, you are bound to hear that "beep . . .beep . . .beep" on these vehicles as well. It's as if our country has been secretly invaded by a swarm of nerve-racking electronic warning gadgets.

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LOOK FAMILIAR? Everyone knows what a bulldozer looks and sounds like. But did you know that the beeper alarm device (B.A.D.), was first used on a bulldozer? Yes. And are you not amazed at how much you have learned already about this annoying invention?

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Another exciting fact

about the beeper alarm: Delivery trucks in America and Great Britain are now required to use a beeper alarm for safety reasons, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazard Assn.)

Beeper alarm, not just another device

This sound can be categorized with the electronic car horn on the "General Lee," orange Dodge Charger driven by "Bo and Luke Duke," on "The Dukes of Hazzard." With each death-defying jump, we would hear the old standard, "Dixie," over our television sets. But now in 2016, that tune would be considered the root of an offense by some in our country and CBS along with the producers of this once-famous show would be forced into changing the tune from "Dixie," to something more politically-correct such as: "Tip Toe Through The Tulips." I am not trying to be funny. This would stand a good chance of becoming a reality if the "Duke" boys were on television in 2016.

Back-up beepers or an observer is required by OSHA for motor vehicles and heavy equipment with an obstructed view to the rear. These alarms are loud because manufacturers do not know the ambient noise level where the machines will be used. Matsusaburo Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Electric Company, Japan, is credited for inventing the back-up beeper. It was first manufactured as model BA1 in 1963. This warning device should be able to warn pedestrians or people loafing (actually not paying attention) standing behind the heavy equipment which is a very dangerous (and dumb) thing to do.

The beeper alarm invaded the entertainment industry right under our noses

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Look out behind

Is what the beeper alarm device is really saying to people who do not know any better than to stand behind a forklift and gawk at what the forklift is moving.

Beeper alarm cannot be ignored

The "beep . . .beep . . .beep" is a warning device designed to save lives. It works on the same principle as that piercing whistle in your smoke alarm. And isn't saving lives what it's all about?

I could leave my story right here and you would be all the more educated on the beeper alarm, but I am bothered by some underlying questions about this beeper invention. And I want to present my queries in the same format as mostly do with all of my subjects.

Unanswered Questions, Facts Concerning The "Beeper Alarm" Exposed

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Even our old reliable

Front end loader has been equipped with a beeper alarm to cut down on severe accidents.

Garbage trucks on a snow-covered streets are all equipped with beeper alarms.
Garbage trucks on a snow-covered streets are all equipped with beeper alarms. | Source
A look at the rear of a beeper alarm equipped garbage truck.
A look at the rear of a beeper alarm equipped garbage truck. | Source
Side-view of a forklift that is equipped with a backup alarm.
Side-view of a forklift that is equipped with a backup alarm. | Source
Even our old friend, the dependable yellow garbage truck uses a beeper alarm to help save lives.
Even our old friend, the dependable yellow garbage truck uses a beeper alarm to help save lives. | Source

Attention Hub reader:

More Exciting Facts About Beeper Alarms

  • Listening to beeper alarms will not brainwash you.
  • The C.I.A. does not use beeper alarms to interrogate dangerous felons who pose a threat to national security.
  • You cannot purchase beeper alarms at most yard sales.
  • Only Jason "George Costanza" Alexander, of Seinfeld, has had the nerve to do the sound of a beeper alarm on film (see video).
  • You can dance to the constant beep's, but you really have to be flexible.
  • The late movie star, Jayne Mansfield did not have one a beeper alarm on any of her vehicles.

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I need to know

  • What was the employee or employees' name(s) at Matsusaburo Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Electric Company who worked so hard to invent the beeper alarm? I would like to know so I can nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. You think I am kidding? I am the one who, in the beginning of my hub career, wrote about leasing the top of my bald head to some internationally-known corporation for $100,000.00 a year by getting the company's logo tattooed in the center of my head, so I am serious about my getting the beeper alarm inventor(s) some overlooked recognition.
  • My research said the beeper alarm was used in 1963. I was in the third grade during that year and I do not recall any big truck or bulldozer "beeping" a zesty tune as it rolled backwards, so why was it not until many years later (in the United States) were we first exposed to the beeper thing-a-ma-jig?
  • Can this beeper alarm also be used to keep up with your cats and dogs you take out of your house to let them run and get exercise? Why not? The device can't be that big and just sit it on your cat or dog's back secured with a strap of Velcro then relax while your pets have a great time running and beeping.
  • If the beeper alarm or backup alarm works this well with your pets, why not attach them to your toddlers who are in the "terrible two's" and into everything? Think it over. Would you not be more relaxed and stress-free knowing while you chat with your best friend, "Susie," about things girls talk about, that your toddlers are always within earshot? (I might have accidentally hit upon a new idea for infommercials).
  • I have wonder if the employee(s) at Matsusaburo Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Electric Company, after knowing that they had "hit the mother lode" of inventions with the beeper alarm started naming their children after this ground-shaking invention? Yes. Giving them names like: "Billy Beeper," "Beeper Creeper," and other cute nick-names.
  • Why did OSHA only require the beeper device to be activated when a truck or forklift is backing up? People are accidentally hit when these mammoth pieces of equipment run forward as well. So I say to OSHA, isn't it time you learned what the term "upgrade" means?
  • Why the sometimes-annoying beep? Back in the day, would it not made as much sense for the Matsusaburo Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Electric Company to design their beeper alarm device (B.A.D.), with the customers' favorite song? Maybe the upbeat tempo of a popular polka or some good old big band music made popular by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Lawrence Welk. Those of "my" generation would have loved tunes by Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix or The Who. A snappy tune would be a more-pleasant way to have your life saved. Am I right?
  • Did the person or people at Matsusaburo Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Electric Company, just wake one morning and have a burning desire to be one of, or the inventor of the beeper alarm? I wonder about things like this. I mean, a device this important just couldn't be a random idea dreamed up by some second-year vice president and thrown to the assembly line. I think I do make a valid point.
  • When the person who invented the beeper alarm and his (or her) spouse attends their 20th high school reunion, and that time of standing and telling what you have done with your life comes, what does the beeper alarm say? "Uhh, thank you very much, honorable classmates. In the last 20 years I have invented the beeper alarm device and other notable pieces of equipment." I hate to say this, but could you stay awake with someone telling you about a beeper alarm device?
  • Is it against Federal law for someone, say an average citizen, stand around construction sites and do believable impressions of the beeper alarm?
  • And if they are accosted by the authorities, what would they be charged with, unlawful impressions of a beeper alarm device?
  • Is this crime a misdemeanor or felony?
  • My very last question: Does anyone really care?


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