DoD Takes High-Tech Approach to Lift Truck Safety

DAYTON, Ohio—Air Force Materiel Command Bases are trying to reduce industrial accidents involving lift trucks and hand trucks by participating in a new Department of Defense (DoD) safety program.

The DoD Safety and Occupational Health Council (DSOC) is installing video cameras on lift trucks used at Tinker Air Force Base, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center; and Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

At Tinker AFB, a safety team is installing cameras on lift trucks used to repair and maintain aircraft. Data from the cameras will help officials develop preventive safety measures. Installations will be done this month, according to DSOC.

At Robins AFB, DSOC officials developed 3-D Experiential Training, a program that will simulate real-life consequences of workplace accidents. It will include 3-D stereoscopic video, 3-D binaural audio and a headset for viewing.

Civilian industrial operations employees at Anniston Army Depot, Ala.; Pentagon Reservation, Washington; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash.; and Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga., will use the 3-D program, according to DSOC. It will be implemented at each of the four DoD facilities this month.

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