Research claims that at least one worker gets injured every seven seconds. That is a staggering statistic, given almost all work-related injuries are preventable. Work-related injuries can result in production decline and impact workplace morale and motivation. However, tech-savvy companies, especially those operating in high-risk environments such as construction firms and maritime companies, have embraced technology to stay OSHA compliant and keep their workers safe. Industries should begin to record a decline in work-related injuries as more OSHA compliant safety technologies emerge. Here are five technologies that can help companies operating in high-risk areas to comply with OSHA.
New smart hats with extra shock protection are a valuable tool for workers in high-risk environments. These hats are fitted with sensors that alert construction workers whenever an object is about to fall on their heads. These sensors can let construction workers know if there is heavy machinery or vehicles in their vicinity. These hats can detect when a worker is in a hazardous environment and can help ensure safety at work. Smart hats will revolutionize high risk working environments and ensure compliance with OSHA.
Drones have become widely accessible. Companies working in high-risk areas use drones to collect data before allowing workers to enter a hazardous area. For example, these drones have transformed the roofing industry by making it safer than ever. Roofers had to climb up to the roof to inspect it. However, homeowners can now use a drone to take videos and images of a roof and use them to estimate the repair and replacement cost. The use of drones not only saves time but increases the safety of roofers.
3D Visualization Technology
Construction workers are using 3D visualization technology to record their working environment from different angles. With this technology, construction workers are aware of the environment in which they will be operating. Construction workers can use 3D visualization technology to point out potential hazards in their working area. The technology enables site supervisors to make the right decisions regarding the safety of their workers. 3D visualization technology can help prevent avoidable work-related injuries and reduce the unknown factors in unfamiliar construction sites.
Companies operating in high-risk areas are adopting safety apps to promote workplace safety. Construction site supervisors can tailor their safety apps to their workplace’s needs. Managers can use these apps to take pictures of an incident and record any necessary data if a worker files for compensation. Safety apps can also alert construction site management and provide them with invaluable data about how things unfolded. Construction site supervisors can then use the data to create a plan to prevent such an incident in the future.
Construction site managers are using virtual reality technology to monitor their surroundings. Virtual reality technology creates a safe training environment that exposes construction workers to similar situations that they will face in their workstations. Virtual reality creates hazardous scenarios that mimic real-life, preparing construction workers to face potential challenges head-on. The technology helps construction workers to build their confidence by exposing them to real-life scenarios. Virtual reality is more impactful than reading or hearing about potential hazards from someone.
Most work-related injuries are preventable. Continued adoption of technology has helped reduce the number of injuries that occur in workplaces. Technology presents a myriad of options for keeping a workplace safe. Virtually every company has begun investing in new technologies and protocols that ensure the protection of their workers. Putting up measures to protect construction workers can result in a happy and motivated workforce and increased productivity. Adopting these technologies can ensure compliance with OSHA and keep workers safe and motivated.