When sleep becomes a safety issue
As most installation, renewal and maintenance of overhead catenary systems takes place at night, and because Mobility cares about the health and well-being of its catenary workers, Safety Week 2017 offered an opportunity to raise awareness among all of our installers as to the science of sleep and the impact of sleep on the physiology of the human body.
Rémy Hurdiel, a lecturer and researcher at the multi-disciplinary sports research unit at the University of the Littoral Opal Coast (ULCO, France), gave a presentation to explain how the brain functions in relation to sleep and how the body regenerates while we are sleeping. When tired, the brain function of a night worker is identical to that of a Vendée Globe sailing competitor or of the trail runners that Dr Hurdiel studies.
The aim is to ensure that everyone is able to rest and recuperate appropriately.
Dr Hurdiel's presentation led to worthwhile discussions with the catenary workers, who now know just how valuable sleep is to their well-being at work!