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How is Technology the Key Driver of Worker Safety?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Technology can play an essential role in improving worker safety, and many companies are adopting it to ensure their employees' safety.

FREMONT, CA: Companies are using numerous safety software in order to help them predict and prevent injuries and death. The workers' safety is not just a competitive advantage but something that a company owes its workers. Thus, the best way to stand up to their promise of ensuring workers' safety is by utilizing technology to provide data in real-time, which helps the workers to make better decisions. As 80 percent of the workers consist of the desk-less workforce and do not have access to desktop dashboards, having technology at the job location becomes vital.

Top 10 Environmental Technology Solution Companies - 2020The majority of the workers are still dependent on paper-based analytics. This shift to digital opens up a new view into data, as now more functionalities can be included. Technology has allowed companies to share the incoming data with the managers and leaders in real-time, and even the lineworkers can be connected.

This communication is particularly important in high-risk situations where conditions change like emergency maintenance, or where work is done on heavy equipment like construction. In times where the workers might be alone at a job site, the software can assess the worker's job safety by asking a series of questions. For instance, a worker might be asked if they are trained for this situation or asked to take a photo of the situation and assess their ability to manage the risk. Based on the answer to that question, they might be prompted to contact their supervisor before moving forward.

One of the most crucial aspects of the implementation of this technology at the job site is that it now provides line workers with a voice. The workers can use this technology to report unsafe conditions that may have been noticed before, but there was no practical way to report it.

Including technology as a part of performing a job appeals to the younger workers who will fill future jobs. Furthermore, several studies have found younger workers to prefer a say in how their jobs are carried out.

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