Caterpillar tackles equipment operator fatigue

10 September 2015

Caterpillar has launched a monitoring service that measures fatigue and distraction levels in equipment operators.

Through industry-leading in-cab and wearable safety technologies, Caterpillar now can provide customers with both machine and operator information from data correlated by analysts in its 24/7 Monitoring Centre.

“Our customers want better visibility to the interaction between operators and machines, and how behaviour impacts safety and productivity,” said Tim Crane, Caterpillar safety services manager.

“This solution offers our customers the opportunity to mitigate risk and improve productivity. No organisation is in a better position to provide customers these sustainable improvement solutions than Caterpillar.”

Caterpillar’s solution uses industry-leading technologies to gain visibility to risk. The Driver Safety System (DSS), developed by Seeing Machines, an alliance partner of Caterpillar, includes an in-cab camera and alert system to notify the operator the moment fatigue or distraction event occurs.

Events are tracked by analysts who also capture operator sleep quantity and quality information provided through the wrist-worn Cat Smartband, an actigraphy solution powered by Fatigue Science.

The enhanced visibility to risks extends beyond front-line employees to expose improvement opportunities throughout the organisation, including education and training, shift scheduling, leadership coaching and other cultural elements.

The DSS and Cat Smartband are part of a growing suite of tools to assist customers in improving safety by recognising that some risks are natural, inevitable and fully manageable if made visible.

Property damage, increased fuel burn and tyre abuse have all been tied to fatigued or distracted operators.

“Technology alone is not the silver bullet for a safer or more productive operation,” said George Taylor, vice president of the Caterpillar Customer Services Support Division.

“In fact, most technologies fail without proper consideration of the organizational culture and a plan to manage change.

Caterpillar has launched a monitoring service that measures fatigue and distraction levels in equipment operators.

Through industry-leading in-cab and wearable safety technologies, Caterpillar now can provide customers with both machine and operator information from data correlated by analysts in its 24/7 Monitoring Centre.

“Our customers want better visibility to the interaction between operators and machines, and how behaviour impacts safety and productivity,” said Tim Crane, Caterpillar safety services manager.

“This solution offers our customers the opportunity to mitigate risk and improve productivity. No organisation is in a better position to provide customers these sustainable improvement solutions than Caterpillar.”

Caterpillar’s solution uses industry-leading technologies to gain visibility to risk. The Driver Safety System (DSS), developed by Seeing Machines, an alliance partner of Caterpillar, includes an in-cab camera and alert system to notify the operator the moment fatigue or distraction event occurs.

Events are tracked by analysts who also capture operator sleep quantity and quality information provided through the wrist-worn Cat Smartband, an actigraphy solution powered by Fatigue Science.

The enhanced visibility to risks extends beyond front-line employees to expose improvement opportunities throughout the organisation, including education and training, shift scheduling, leadership coaching and other cultural elements.

The DSS and Cat Smartband are part of a growing suite of tools to assist customers in improving safety by recognising that some risks are natural, inevitable and fully manageable if made visible.

Property damage, increased fuel burn and tyre abuse have all been tied to fatigued or distracted operators.

“Technology alone is not the silver bullet for a safer or more productive operation,” said George Taylor, vice president of the Caterpillar Customer Services Support Division.

“In fact, most technologies fail without proper consideration of the organizational culture and a plan to manage change.

Caterpillar has launched a monitoring service that measures fatigue and distraction levels in equipment operators.

Through industry-leading in-cab and wearable safety technologies, Caterpillar now can provide customers with both machine and operator information from data correlated by analysts in its 24/7 Monitoring Centre.

“Our customers want better visibility to the interaction between operators and machines, and how behaviour impacts safety and productivity,” said Tim Crane, Caterpillar safety services manager.

“This solution offers our customers the opportunity to mitigate risk and improve productivity. No organisation is in a better position to provide customers these sustainable improvement solutions than Caterpillar.”

Caterpillar’s solution uses industry-leading technologies to gain visibility to risk. The Driver Safety System (DSS), developed by Seeing Machines, an alliance partner of Caterpillar, includes an in-cab camera and alert system to notify the operator the moment fatigue or distraction event occurs.

Events are tracked by analysts who also capture operator sleep quantity and quality information provided through the wrist-worn Cat Smartband, an actigraphy solution powered by Fatigue Science.

The enhanced visibility to risks extends beyond front-line employees to expose improvement opportunities throughout the organisation, including education and training, shift scheduling, leadership coaching and other cultural elements.

The DSS and Cat Smartband are part of a growing suite of tools to assist customers in improving safety by recognising that some risks are natural, inevitable and fully manageable if made visible.

Property damage, increased fuel burn and tyre abuse have all been tied to fatigued or distracted operators.

“Technology alone is not the silver bullet for a safer or more productive operation,” said George Taylor, vice president of the Caterpillar Customer Services Support Division.

“In fact, most technologies fail without proper consideration of the organizational culture and a plan to manage change.

“Caterpillar’s safety solutions bring management and employees together to achieve excellence, providing customers the greatest opportunity for successful implementation.”

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