Fatigue Science Wins Green Cross Safety Innovation Award
Sponsored by Amazon
Sponsored by Amazon
Worker fatigue is a costly and deadly problem, and a major concern in mining and other heavy industry sectors. While reactive technologies can detect when an operator is about to fall asleep, they require a company to halt operations. Fatigue Science’s Readi FMIS, the world’s leading predictive fatigue technology, helps solve that problem, promoting productivity while keeping employees safe.
Using Machine Learning and optional wearable technology, Readi analyzes workers' sleep patterns to predict their fatigue levels. Supervisors receive daily predictions for each employee, which they can use to assign tasks based on fatigue levels. Operators also receive information on their sleep patterns, which they have used to improve their sleep habits. Readi has had a significant impact on both worker safety and business’ bottom lines, reducing fatigue-related incidents at two mines by an estimated 26% and improving output by $6 million per year.
Hundreds of employees for Crescent Point Energy, a Canadian oil producer, were put at risk every day while working alone in remote locations, often without cellular coverage. If an employee missed a check-in, the company had no insight into why or where they were located. To solve the problem, Crescent Point turned to Aware360’s SafetyAware solution. SafetyAware uses a smartphone app, satellite devices and live monitoring to keep track of workers’ locations and needs.
Since implementing SafetyAware, Crescent Point has seen significant improvements in safety for employees. Using the app and satellites, supervisors are better able to track and find workers should an incident occur. The company also encouraged employees to use the technology off the job. Employees took it to heart and have used SafetyAware to call for help in deadly emergencies, including a landslide and wildfire.
As a leading specialty contractor in North America, Quanta Services has long valued safety as a core priority over all other business pursuits. While data showed injury and illness prevention programs reduced the number of injuries, they had done little to reduce workplace deaths. To solve this, Quanta began to shift focus away from preventing incidents to building the capacity for incidents to happen safely. Mistakes will always happen, but Quanta’s Capacity Model seeks to ensure that no mistakes are life-threatening, life-altering or life-ending.
The model involves learning from mistakes, applying safeguards and controls and creating the capacity for failures. So far, the company has seen positive results, including an increasing awareness of serious hazards among employees, a shift in organizational tone toward learning, improving and holding healthy dialogues and an increased appetite among employees for learning about the context of events.