Tag: safety



Are virtual holographic assistants of value?

Our local station, Kings Cross, now has one of these holographic assistants reminding people not to take heavy luggage up the escalators but to use the lift instead. You will note that just to the right, at the bottom of the escalator, is a sign giving the same message. That sign has been there since the station reopened and, we can assume, has not had...

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Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

This takes us back to one of our earliest posts on electric vehicles.  In that post we were looking at the design of a new electric scooter.  It occurred to us in testing the scooter that one of the potential problems with similar electric vehicles was the lack of noise and therefore an increased risk to pedestrians and other road users who wouldn’t hear us coming. We found some...

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Control room safety in pipeline operations

From the US, came this interesting piece on utility / pipeline control room operations and human error.    It features some interesting views on operator fatigue and training possibly contributing to failures to spot abnormal operating conditions and subsequent incidents.   http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_16230206?source=rss&nclick_check=1 It seems surprising that the understanding of the contribution of the use of the SCADA systems was not captured in accident investigation data...

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Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London

Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London

At CCD, much of our work is on transport systems and we are always interested in designs that help improve the passenger, or in this case, pedestrian experience. Transport for London are conducting an interesting trial in to the use of countdown indicators on pedestrian crossings.  The countdown signal shows the person crossing how long you have to cross the road after the “green man”...

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Health & Safety gone mad? What can ergonomics do?

There are always articles appearing in the press about “barmy” decisions taken on the basis of “health & safety”, usually by local authorities. The theme is usually an over-reaction to what, for most of us, would seem a fairly non-hazardous activity in an attempt to remove any trace of liability. Two articles in the press this week highlight this again: firstly, this article appeared in...

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