Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"One-stop" safety site debuts

"One-stop" safety site debuts

By Amy Materson

Caterpillar launched a new website June 5, devoted to safety and safety-related issues. The site, safety.cat.com, features excerpts from the company’s operations and maintenance manuals, videos and general safety information as well as guidelines for performing machine walk-arounds.

Kevin Brennan, senior consultant, Customer Safety Services, Caterpillar, says the website was designed based on requests from customers. “They said they wanted a separate safety site,” he says.

Visitors to the site can choose a product category from the Caterpillar product line and then find specific information related to a particular machine. Brennan says the site is not limited to the most recent offerings. “We do have information on the latest products, but historical products are included,” he says. “We go back as much as 40 years.”

The site has a multimedia section that includes the virtual walk-arounds and a safety label interactive section that gives about the symbols used on universal safety labels. A general topic section has downloadable, printable information on equipment maintenance, equipment operation, jobsite safety and personal safety.

Brennan says he expects the site to be used as a safety training tool. “The videos are three to four minutes long and can be used for safety presentations on jobsites,” he says. “It’s going to be a one-stop shop.”

Cat will update the site as videos and manual excerpts are added. Brennan expects the company to also launch Spanish and French versions of the site. For more information, visit http://safety.cat.com.

"...nice to see OEMs being proactive with safety, leading by example -- Cheers!
Skip Gosnell,
Marketing Director
Rieker Inc