Occupational Health and Safety Looks at Guided Vehicle Trends for 2017

December 22 18:15 2016

Seegrid’s CTO, Mitchell Weiss, discusses 2017 automation trends in the recent issue of Occupational Health and Safety Magazine. Weiss mentions safety issues, including ergonomics, repetitive motion, health impact issues, and legislative initiatives causing impacts for 2017. Weiss oversees the engineering and manufacturing departments, providing system designs and architectures, as well as the company’s technology roadmap. Weiss’ influential expertise includes automation systems in electronics manufacturing, automotive, warehousing, and distribution.

Weiss spoke with industry leaders and cohorts in the standards and testing community for autonomous vehicles and landed on two new issues that are going to be felt more in industry, beginning in 2017: Alarm Fatigue and Intellectual Overload.

The health care sector, including hospitals, has already seen these safety issues. The first new trend is alarm fatigue. There are so many pieces of automation beeping, flashing, and warning operators and “bystanders” in facilities; the warnings become part of the background noise and are ignored. Only the shrillest, loudest alarms illicit a response because they generate sufficient levels of annoyance.

The second safety trend for 2017 is intellectual overload, resulting in fatigue and accidents. As tasks become more automated, or more tele-operated, the operator must pay attention to more activities. As his/her workload is increased, by virtue of the expanded number of functions being managed, there are dire safety consequences.

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