2009-11-01 12:00 - Messages

Development of a more accurate assessment of roughness parameters for flooring

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work and they occur in all workplaces; 95% of reportable major slips result in broken bones. In a typical year, slips and trips account for over 33% of all reported major injuries and approximately 20% of over-3-day injuries to employees.

View research report: RR732 - Development of a more accurate assessment of roughness parameters for flooring

Mobile Equipment Safety System

Many workplace fatalities and serious injuries occur when workers are struck by or caught in heavy mobile equipment, such as forklifts, log loaders, dump trucks and bulldozers.  A key factor is the poor visibility that equipment operators often have, which makes it difficult to see people on the ground. This project developed a wireless system that can detect and issue warnings when a machine approaches workers or certain objects, and shut down or slow the machinery if it gets too close.  In year one, the sensor technology was refined, and a prototype of the device was built, installed in a forklift, and tested. In year two, several improvements were made to the system, and pilot testing was carried out at an industrial worksite.

Source : http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/research_results/res_60_10_640.asp

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