Safe To Work Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:18:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Around 70 per cent of young workers experience bullying, harassment: Unions ACT Fri, 19 May 2017 04:15:21 +0000 Research from Unions ACT has found around 70 per cent of young workers in the Australian Capital Territory have experienced bullying and harassment.

The Safety in ACT Workplaces for Young Workers report involved surveys of 15 to 25 year olds taken between January-February 2017 and found 70 per cent felt bullied or harassed.

It also found that 78 per cent of those who felt bullied or harassed were female.

The report highlighted that unsafe workplaces were common for young workers under the age of 18, despite more laws in the ACT designed to safeguard child employees.

“From their very first job, thousands of young workers are facing unsafe working conditions, bullying and sexual harassment,” Unions ACT secretary Alex White said.

“Our research shows that many young peoples’ first experience as a worker is of serious risks, injuries, threats and intimidation, and unlawful behaviour by employers.”

The report found apprentices and trainees experienced serious workplace accidents almost double the rate for rest of the workforce. This is enhanced by research from the ACT Government earlier this year, that found three construction apprentices a month sustain serious injuries.

White added that many young people entered the workforce without knowing their rights to safe work.

“It is unacceptable for employers of young people to put them in unsafe conditions, or to break workplace safety laws,” he said.

“It is even more unacceptable that some employers treat young workers as easy targets for exploitation.”

The report also highlighted that respondents who were aware of their rights felt afraid to speak up or complain, for fear of being dismissed.

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