Safe To Work Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:48:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Queensland Rail Improves Safety With Driver Fatigue Monitoring Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:38:07 +0000 Continue reading Queensland Rail Improves Safety With Driver Fatigue Monitoring ]]> Queensland Rail (QR) have identified Driver Sleepiness (Fatigue) as a major safety risk to their remote field service workers, who are generally on shift work and often need to drive hours to and from sites in North West Queensland.

In light of this, QR initiated a trial of 10 x LSM Technologies Driver Fatigue (+Distraction) Monitoring Systems in 2015 and after nearly three years, this technology has shown to significantly reduce fatigue and distraction events.  As a safety initiative, QR have installed the DFM Systems into several light field service vehicles across regional Queensland, and are planning a fleet wide implementation.

So far, QR have reported very positive results and reliability, and the LSM Technologies DFM which has helped to identify and reduce driver distraction behaviour, (using a mobile phone while driving) and has already prevented fatigue related incidence. QR spokesman advised “Because the DFM system detects both distraction and fatigue behaviours, we have now become much more aware of the state and behaviour of our drivers during shifts”.

“This technology will form a vital part of QR’s overall fatigue management practises and procedures for field maintenance operations. The system is a cost effective solution to help protect drivers from fatigue related incidents occurring while providing of additional reporting capabilities for management,” said QR’s health and safety representative.

The LSM Technologies DFM Camera is a non -contact system that can be utilised with Safety / Prescription or Polarised Sunglasses.

For more information on how LSM Technologies can assist you with the latest in Driver Fatigue (Distraction) System Technology, download the whitepaper here.


It’s no secret that Driver Sleepiness (Fatigue) is one of the biggest killers on our roads, 20-30 per cent of road crashes and as much as speeding and drink driving according to the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) – 08/2015. However, Driver Sleepiness is particularly dangerous because it can happen to anyone, no matter how experienced a Driver they might be and a micro- sleep can occur and the Driver not even be aware of it – Micro- sleeps (brief sleep episodes that can be as brief as a few seconds).

Yawning?… A Micro- sleep can kill!

LSM Driver Fatigue (+Distraction) Monitoring Systems (DFM) is a Non-intrusive Dash mounted Infrared illuminated Monitor Camera unit, which combines the unique pupil identification and facial recognition technology to detect and analyse the changing characteristics of pupils and signs of drowsiness such as yawning.  When the DFM identifies, a driver has become inattentive, either due to drowsiness or distraction, it will provide In-Cab audible / visual warnings and subsequent alarms to the Driver.

Reduce Fatigue and Distraction Events

When fatigue or distraction has been indicated by the DFM, the system provides In-cab Audible / Visual Warning to the Drivers. There are options for live alerts notifications (Email and / or SMS) with a ‘Snap Shot’ photo from the DFM back to “Operations”, and live on the LSM Technologies (SAFETRACS) On- line Monitoring interface. There is also a live video feed output which can be used to record and review potential events via a Mobile DVR unit.

LSM Technologies DFM (Fatigue + Distraction) Monitoring Systems

Contains an Intelligent Video Analytics Technology, high-speed Pentium II Processors, configurable operating speed (Kph), sensitivity and volume settings with RS-232 and digital output, plus video output for recording options and telematics integration.

Some additional features are

  • In-time Driver Fatigue detection audible and visual alarms.
  • Non-invasive sensors continuously analyse the driver for signs of fatigue and distraction behaviour.
  • Patented pupil identification technology.
  • Uses a Pentium II high-speed digital signal processor
  • HD CMOS camera analytics
  • Face recognition monitoring to detects yawning behaviour.
  • Driver Distraction or non-attention alarm.
  • Adjustable speed threshold levels for alarm activation.
  • Over-speed audible warning.
  • Adjustable Alarm sensitivity and volume setting.
  • Connection and integration with Fleet Management System (FMS) via a RS232 communication protocol (Requires RS232 input).
  • Captures infrared images
  • Instantly outputs Driver Fatigue or Distraction event images to FMS.
  • Full FMS integrated solution or Standalone versions available
  • Speed detection via integrated FMS GPS device or built-in GPS module in the DFM Standalone version.
  • Power connection (12/24 V) and digital signal outputs and suspend signal input (connection harness provided).
  • HD Video output for connection to MDVR device for event video capture and recording.
  • Customisable solutions to suit almost any application for operation/ driver monitoring.
  • For more information on how LSM Technologies can assist you with the latest in Driver Fatigue (Distraction) System Technology, download the whitepaper here.
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RadarEye Safety Camera Viewing And Proximity Detection Systems Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:17:35 +0000 Continue reading RadarEye Safety Camera Viewing And Proximity Detection Systems ]]> CITIC Pacific Mining has utilised LSM Technologies RadarEye-Camera Safety Viewing / Proximity Detection Technology for more than three years now on their Letourneau Whee Dozers.

Due to the longevity / reliability and robustness of the technology, they have upgraded to the latest RadarEye configuration and also are now rolling the technology onto their Letourneau Wheel Loaders.

The RadarEye is the ultimate in Safety Collision Awareness / Detection Technology that provides Operators with:

  • Virtually 360 degree Camera Viewing and Detection of the Machine surrounds.
  • Radar Sensors can be set to detect between 2-20 metres.
  • Numerous Visual Overlays provide the Operator an indication of Radar Sensors detection for upto 5 x zones- Green, Yellow and Red.
  • Highly responsive and sensitive detection- but adjustment for moving of stationary / moving objects to reduce “false alerts”
  • Radar Sensors can be set to initiate connected Camera Views or set to initiate as required- eg Only when machine is in reverse.
  • 12″ RLED provides for selectable Single or Multiple (upto Quad) views of the machines surrounds.
  • Robust and heavy duty design.
  • Horizontal / Vertical line market line overlays.
  • Many other functions for configuring the RadarEye system to customers specific requirements.
  • RS232 / RS485 outputs to provide for interfacing to other devices.

Other specialised Product Technologies and Engineering Services utilised by the Mine Site includes our Q- CABAIR / RESPA Cabin Pressurisers- Filtration and Engine Precleaners) to provide enhanced Safety / Health, Maintenance Cost- downs and Productivity.

For more information on this RadarEye-Camera Safety Viewing / Proximity Detection Technology, download the whitepaper here.

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Bosch unveils technology for increased motorcycle safety Thu, 25 May 2017 02:34:35 +0000 Bosch, in collaboration with Autotalks, Ducati and Australian company Cohda Wireless, has developed a prototype smart solution to reduce the number of motorcycle deaths.

Motorcyclists are among the most at-risk road users, around 18 times more at risk of being killed in an accident than drivers, according to Bosch.

In Victoria, motorcyclists and pillion riders accounted for 19 per cent of all lives lost on the roads in 2016.

In Germany alone, there were approximately 30,000 motorcycle accidents in 2016, around 600 of which were fatal.

Bosch accident research found motorcycle-to-car communication could prevent nearly one-third of motorcycle accidents.

“We let motorcycles and cars talk to each other, creating a digital protective shield for riders,” Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the Bosch board of management, said.

The aim is to prevent dangerous situations from occurring in the first place.

Hoheisel said safety systems such as ABS and motorcycle stability control already made riding two-wheelers safer, but adding connectivity will enhance the level of safety.

Hoheisel explained that through the new technology, vehicles within a radius of several hundred meters will exchange information about vehicle types, speed, position, and direction of travel up to 10 ten times a second.

“Long before drivers or their vehicles’ sensors catch sight of a motorcycle, this technology informs them that a motorcycle is approaching, allowing them to adopt a more defensive driving strategy,” he said.

Hoheisel added that dangerous situations usually occur when a motorcycle approaches a car from behind on a multi-lane road, ends up in a car’s blind spot, or changes lanes to pass.

“If the system identifies a potentially dangerous situation, it can warn the rider or driver by sounding an alarm and flashing a warning notice on the dashboard,” he said.

The public WLAN standard (ITS G5) is used as the basis for the exchange of data between motorcycles and cars.

Transmission times of a few milliseconds between transmitter and receiver mean that participating road users can generate and transmit important information relating to the traffic situation.

Parked or idling vehicles can also transmit data to any surrounding receivers.

To allow riders and drivers who are further away to receive the necessary information, the technology also uses multi-hopping, which forwards the information automatically from vehicle to vehicle. 

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Job security delays return to work for injured workers: report Wed, 24 May 2017 04:50:21 +0000 Research has found fears over job security and finances are setting back recovery and return to work times for injured workers.

Workplace health solutions provider Konekt’s latest report found job security concerns were the second most common risk factor to injured workers beginning rehabilitation and returning to work – behind psychological factors.

The report was compiled in collaboration with research and data-analysis company Littleton Consulting, and analysed more than 156,000 rehabilitation cases from around Australia over the past eight years.

It found 82 per cent of initial referrals were for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries such as fractures, while 12 per cent were for a mental health condition.

Around one third of fly in fly out (FIFO) workers experience anxiety, depression or stress symptoms, according to research by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia – double the rate of the rest of the Australian population.

The Konekt report also found the highest proportion of fractures happened in the construction sector, while the longest delay to referral time was in the manufacturing industry.

“Over the past 10-15 years, people have become more afraid to speak up when they have an injury because of job uncertainty,” Principal psychologist at CommuniCorp Group, Dr Chris Stevens, said.

“And these insecurities and chronic stresses have certainly been exacerbated in recent times by things such as mortgage stress.”

Stevens highlighted that a holistic approach to rehabilitation is important now more than ever, indicating biopsychosocial injury management which takes into account physical, psychological and social factors that can affect an injured worker’s ability to function and participate in work and their motivation to find a new job.

He suggested the need for ‘work oriented treatment’ which requires all stakeholders including employers, human resources managers, insurers and healthcare professionals, better understanding all factors impacting the worker and developing a suitable treatment plan.

The report also found nearly 50 per cent of all biopsychosocial factors are psychological and the longer the delay to treatment, the greater number of biopsychosocial factors a worker will face that will affect recovery and return to work.

Stevens said the report findings quantify what the industry had intuitively known but haven’t had the data to reinforce.

“Getting people back to work as quickly as possible after injury is in the best interests of the injured person, their family, employer, health professionals, and insurers,” he said.

“Timely, supportive and coordinated return to work rehab programs are likely to reduce pain and improve functionality and quality of life, resulting in improved health and faster recovery.”

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Panel established to review restraint used in NSW mental heath system Mon, 22 May 2017 07:04:38 +0000 A five-member panel has been created to review the practices of restraint and seclusion used in the New South Wales mental health system.

The review is being conduced to find out whether current legislation, policy and practice standards in the system are line with national standards, international best practice and the expectations of patients and the community.

The independent panel, led by NSW chief psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, includes Dr Kevin Huckshorn, CEO of behavioural health consulting business, Huckshorn and Associates; Karen Lenihan, NSW principal official visitor; Julie Mooney, executive director of Nursing and Midwifery for Southern NSW LHS; Dr Robyn Shields, deputy commissioner at the NSW Mental Health Commission; and Jackie Crowe, deputy commissioner of the Australian Mental Health Commission.

The members will visit NSW Hospitals, acute mental health units, mental health intensive care units and declared emergency departments and review past cases of seclusion and restrains. The public will also have the opportunity to make submissions and take part in face to face consultations.

“We need to know appropriate policies are in place in our hospitals and mental health facilities and the extent to which staff actually adhere to existing policies and protocol,” NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said.

“No stone will be left unturned, to ensure people living with mental illness in this state are receiving the best possible care and treatment in the least restrictive environment.”

Mental health minister Tanya Davies said the panel brings together views on ways to reduce restraint and seclusion and an understanding of the NSW mental health system.

“We are keeping an open mind on the best way forward until we receive expert advice on how improvements can be made in ways that do not jeopardise the quality of care or the safety of staff and other patients.

“It is critical that we ensure the mental health system treats patients with dignity, and respect and that their clinical needs are being met.”

The final report and recommendations are expected to be completed in early December.

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