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Not Your Grandpa’s Worksite: Modern Technology Could Save Your Life

Modern technology is revolutionizing workplace safety and saving lives with training programs, electronic records, and wearable protective equipment.

Modern Technology is Saving Lives

According to the National Safety Council data, a worker is injured every seven seconds. In 2014, there were 99,000,000 production days lost to work-related injuries in U.S. workplaces. Today, modern technology is reducing the numbers of lost work days by preventing work-related injuries. New advanced visualization programs, communication, and records keeping systems, and personal protective equipment for workers are saving lives in the workplace.

Accidents and injuries can happen in any workplace, but some jobs pose greater risks than others. Workers employed in construction, mining, shipbuilding, forestry, industrial plants, medical facilities, and public safety face increased job-related injury risks. Workers are commonly injured by heavy equipment, falling objects, falls from heights, and hazardous materials. Modern technology is protecting workers in dangerous work environments and preventing accidents before they happen.

Visualization Technology

Visualization technology (VT) is helping workers to see workplace dangers from a distance. The construction industry uses VT with smart helmets that project models and data onto a hands-free display. Workers can physically experience a non-existent space through virtual reality (VR) with high-tech headsets and smart glasses packed with useful software. The oil and gas industry uses 3D and 4D smart helmets to train offshore workers and detect hazardous work conditions. Visualization technology is keeping workers safe through interactive simulations and job safety training.

Communication and Records Keeping Systems

New communication and records keeping technology are preventing accidents and injuries within the transportation industry caused by driver fatigue. In 2018, electronic logs installed in commercial trucks replaced old, hand-recorded paper logs used by trucking companies to track a driver’s time behind the wheel and required rest breaks. According to the American Trucking Association, electronic logs have reduced U.S. trucking accidents by 20 percent.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety vests, and safety glasses now contain wearable technology that captures data and provides feedback. Wearable protective equipment uses Bluetooth technology to track biometrics, scan barcodes, record videos, and enable voice calls. GPS systems are used to track people, equipment and movement, and detect hazardous areas that put workers at increased risks for workplace accidents and injuries. Many industries are using wearable technology to monitor the health and safety of workers and track work-related illnesses and diseases.

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