Managing Fatigue with Technology And Continuous Improvement

FATIGUE MANAGEMENT: IMPROVING SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT


Fatigue can be caused by long working hours, low lighting, repetitive duties, shift schedules and solitary work environments—all things that can be present in any mining operation. However, the direct impact of fatigue on mining operations can be difficult to measure.

Studies have shown that more than 40 percent of employees who work non-daytime hours report nodding off several times per week—or even per shift—but fatigue remains a “hidden” cause of vehicular incidents in many organizations.

Fatigued operators can lose the cognitive ability to react safely to changes in the environment. Further, fatigued operators have consistently been shown to use more fuel than alert drivers. These circumstances can result in accidents involving machines with tremendous destructive power, a perilous scenario for employees and a significant financial risk for the operation.

In the absence of an appropriate, well-implemented fatigue risk management system (FRMS), the challenges posed by fatigue will only continue. The rate of adoption of FRMS is accelerating quickly in a number of fields as companies gain awareness of the dangers fatigue poses. Government agencies are even mandating FRMS solutions in certain industries.

While many shift workers are well trained and highly skilled, most have never been trained in how to deal with fatigue, manage their sleep schedule or adapt to the inherent social and physical challenges that come with shift work. They develop solutions out of necessity in the absence of any formal support. Sometimes these personal solutions have negative impacts that can compromise employees’ capacity to perform to the full extent of their abilities, or even present a risk to themselves and other workers. These habits are one of the reasons shift workers have been conservatively projected to cost companies as much as $10,000 per employee per year over their traditional daytime counterparts in higher healthcare costs, reduced performance and increased incidents.

These factors can be combated by the company-wide implementation of a practical, effective FRMS solution. By combining technology, people, processes and systems, a complete FRMS solution can offer monitoring and analysis capabilities that reduce the risk of operator fatigue—thereby preventing accidents and increasing efficiency.

This comprehensive solution incorporates technology to predict, measure and mitigate fatigue events and provide operators with the tools and knowledge to improve their alertness.

Join us on Facebook or Twitter to discuss your fatigue management techniques.

 


Fight Fatigue with a Multi Level Approach

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FATIGUE MANAGEMENT

The Cat® Fatigue Risk Management System provides advanced fatigue detection technologies, along with multiple levels of training and safety education.

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FATIGUE MANAGEMENT: IMPROVING SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT


Fatigue can be caused by long working hours, low lighting, repetitive duties, shift schedules and solitary work environments—all things that can be present in any mining operation. However, the direct impact of fatigue on mining operations can be difficult to measure.

Studies have shown that more than 40 percent of employees who work non-daytime hours report nodding off several times per week—or even per shift—but fatigue remains a “hidden” cause of vehicular incidents in many organizations.

Fatigued operators can lose the cognitive ability to react safely to changes in the environment. Further, fatigued operators have consistently been shown to use more fuel than alert drivers. These circumstances can result in accidents involving machines with tremendous destructive power, a perilous scenario for employees and a significant financial risk for the operation.

In the absence of an appropriate, well-implemented fatigue risk management system (FRMS), the challenges posed by fatigue will only continue. The rate of adoption of FRMS is accelerating quickly in a number of fields as companies gain awareness of the dangers fatigue poses. Government agencies are even mandating FRMS solutions in certain industries.

While many shift workers are well trained and highly skilled, most have never been trained in how to deal with fatigue, manage their sleep schedule or adapt to the inherent social and physical challenges that come with shift work. They develop solutions out of necessity in the absence of any formal support. Sometimes these personal solutions have negative impacts that can compromise employees’ capacity to perform to the full extent of their abilities, or even present a risk to themselves and other workers. These habits are one of the reasons shift workers have been conservatively projected to cost companies as much as $10,000 per employee per year over their traditional daytime counterparts in higher healthcare costs, reduced performance and increased incidents.

These factors can be combated by the company-wide implementation of a practical, effective FRMS solution. By combining technology, people, processes and systems, a complete FRMS solution can offer monitoring and analysis capabilities that reduce the risk of operator fatigue—thereby preventing accidents and increasing efficiency.

This comprehensive solution incorporates technology to predict, measure and mitigate fatigue events and provide operators with the tools and knowledge to improve their alertness.

Join us on Facebook or Twitter to discuss your fatigue management techniques.

 

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