Fatigue Science: The Readiband

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Construction equipment operators have one of the toughest, and most dangerous, jobs in the nation. These highly-skilled individuals must be diligently focused on the task at hand to avoid accidents and injury. However, long hours, physically-demanding tasks, and unconventional schedules can lead to fatigue, which increases the rate at which incidents occur. Often, fatigue is not detected until after a problem occurs, that is, until now. A new, wearable device helps monitor operator fatigue, and predicts when an accident is most likely to occur. The Device Most people are familiar with the wristwatch-like devices worn by athletes that measure their activity levels. This same technology is behind a wearable monitoring device created by Fatigue Science called the Readiband. It measures the quality and amount of sleep the wearer has gotten and predicts when they will become too fatigued to perform their duties safely. That means operators and managers can see, at a glance, when the highest potential for accidents will occur at the beginning of each shift. Adjustments can then be made to the worker's schedule to ensure the highest level of safety is achieved and maintained on the job site. The Science Scientists have long held that the average human requires somewhere between 7.5 and 9 hours…show more content…
By monitoring sleep rhythms, and providing feedback about the individual's status and potential for fatigue, companies can reduce the number of accidents, increase productivity and, ultimately, increase the company’s bottom line. Workers that use a device, such as the Readiband, are better able to understand and manage their own sleep cycles by identifying times that they are not sleeping properly. Correcting sleep issues also has an impact on the individual's overall health and happiness, which helps them live
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