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[VIDEO] How-To: Fight Fatigue in the Mining Industry

Australian minig company Coal & Allied has introduced an assortment of safety changes over the years to guarantee a safer workforce. The company has...

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|Sep 10|magazine4 min read

Australian minig company Coal & Allied has introduced an assortment of safety changes over the years to guarantee a safer workforce. The company has teamed up with EdanSafe to introduce a “SmartCap” that will assist in better managing fatigue levels in the mining industry as well as help reduce the risk of accidents.

The mining company and EdanSafe (the brains behind the SmartCap technology) have launched a new video presenting the technology in action, as well as a real life incident between a haul truck and a grader at Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley operations mine. The video highlights the importance of effective fatigue management, as well as the significant effects fatigue has on miner’s working ability. The video also demonstrates the SmartCap in use, including how safe and successful it has been for Coal & Allied.

The SmartCap, which looks like a standard cap, has sensors across the wearer’s forehead to monitor signs of fatigue and assess their level of alertness. One of the most important aspects of the technology is the ability to track and analyze fatigue, while measuring alertness in real time.

The video, which was featured at the NSW Mining Health and Safety conference in May 2014, was used to share leading practices, promote improvements in workplace health and reflect on recent changes and challenges. The main theme was learning from the past for a safer future, as well as an underlying focus on risk management regarding vehicles interactions and road safety.