The heavy industries face numerous challenges in managing a dispersed workforce. Serious incidents adversely affecting employees’ well-being may incur significant expense and reputational damage.
Serious incidents adversely affecting employees’ well-being may incur significant expense and reputational damage, ranging to AUD $20M in employee compensation and additional associated operational cost. In 2012-13, work-related injuries in Australia cost industry AUD$61.8B, equitable to more than 4% of Australia’s GDP.
Of these, cognitive fatigue has been cited as the cause of approximately two-thirds of all heavy industrial health and safety accidents. Cognitive fatigue is a biological response onset from continued exposure to extreme environmental factors. Heat stress is a category of cognitive fatigue that is a universal challenge for the sector. In 2019, cognitive fatigue was cited as the underlying cause of 144 fatalities, where 43, or more than 30%, were machinery operators and drivers.
Wearable predictive biometrics systems may be utilized to solve this problem by providing individualized early-warning thresholds alongside integrated safety protocols to ensure our users are kept safe at all times, with or without access to an internet connection.
is lost everyday in the industrial sector from fatigue-related incidents
fatigue-related incidents in the industrial sector each year
Heat stress is a serious problem for heavy industry companies operating in hot climates, with each incident costing $3,500-$6,500 per day per worker affected. There is no individualized solution on the market for this problem yet.
The current solution to this problem is analog wet bulb thermometers placed on set locations at sites of heavy industry operations. When a temperature threshold is breached, the entire site is shut down.
Best practices for establishing acceptable heat stress thresholds for workers on site have been set by the Australian Army and also based on wet bulb temperature. However, these thresholds are not possible to implement in practice ie. During summer in Darwin, Northern Australia, where these thresholds to be adhered to, entire company operations would have to be shut for the entire duration of the hot season.
Specifically, there are three levels of heat stress: ‘heat stress’ in the abstract usually refers to the lowest level of heat-stress (headaches, some dizziness), heat exhaustion is more serious and requires the sufferer to take a day or two off work to recover, heatstroke is the most serious and results in hospitalization and usually irreversible brain damage with a 65% mortality rate for non-exercise induced incidents.
per incident lost in rostering expenses
attributed to heat stress or heat-related incidents each year