Cap to stop fatigue accidents

IN a bid to combat fatigue-related fatalities and injuries, Queensland mine workers will be fitted with new, world-first anti-fatigue caps to warn when they become dangerously tired.

A model of the SmartCap was developed and trialled last year. Anglo Coal has adopted the technology.

A dragline operator from BMA Blackwater, Ian O'Neill, said the new technology was a step in the right direction.

The miner of 20 years said something to stop fatigue-related mining accidents needed to be put into place.

“It's just something that has to be introduced and if it proves effective it's something that should be adopted right across the board,” Mr O'Neill said.

The cap uses brain monitoring sensors to identify tiredness in the wearer and will be worn by heavy vehicle operators at all Anglo coal mines in a bid to prevent fatigue-related accidents.

The SmartCap is the first application of its kind to apply brain-monitoring technology to address the dangers of driver fatigue when operating heavy vehicles.

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson visited Moranbah yesterday to launch the CRCMining SmartCap technology.

“It should enable our mines to lift the bar even further on existing safety procedures associated with operating large trucks and other machinery,” Mr Robertson said.



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