Modern technology is a beautiful thing that is transforming all our lives. But one of the most profound effects might be on safety. The workplace is a dangerous place, so if employers want to avoid costly litigation, it’s incumbent upon them to implement technology wherever possible to prevent disaster befalling their workers. 

But which technologies are making workplaces safer? And are they having a real-world impact?

Smart Glasses And Helmets

Construction, manufacturing, and utility workers often need to carry around tablets or mobile computers to do their work. But this brings safety challenges of its own. By their nature, handheld devices mean that operatives must forgo the use of at least one of their arms, which might not be ideal, especially when it comes to hazard avoidance. 

 

Entrepreneurs know this, which is why many startups and established businesses are seeking to develop smart glasses and helmets that operatives can use while keeping their hands free to perform tasks. It’s not just a productivity thing: workers who have the use of both of their arms are much more likely to be able to act appropriately when their safety is in jeopardy. 

 

Automated Fire Control Systems

 

Despite advances in technology like fire rated roller shutters, fire remains a threat to modern businesses. Even small fires can lead to substantial clean up costs and increases in insurance. More massive blazes can engulf entire facilities, especially if there are lots of flammable materials on site. 

Automated fire control systems, however, could help. A range of startup companies is looking into the possibility of combining company CCTV with smart algorithms that can recognise fire. Upon detection of a fire, the alarm will sound and immediately activate any sprinkler systems nearby. The hope is that eventually, buildings will become smart enough to put out fires by themselves, without having to rely on human intervention. Automated fire control systems, therefore, avoid people from having to put themselves at risk while minimising damage to property.

Devices Which Detect Falls

Construction and building sites are a significant source of all of the accidents which occur in the workplace. Per hour worked, they’re among the most dangerous. Although injuries can happen for all kinds of reasons in these environments, slips and falls are by far the most common and dangerous. Construction workers plunge to their deaths every year. 

A company called Triax Technologies, however, is investing in tech, which it hopes will help to reduce the number of fatalities. The way the system works is simple. Each worker on-site wear a clip-on sensor module. The device works a bit like a pedometer, tracking individual movements and alerting supervisors if there’s a fall.

Managers can then use the data to work out whether a particular area of the construction site is dangerous and needs addressing.

Technology is moving in leaps and bounds and helping to make workplaces safer, just as it’s doing in other areas, like motor vehicles. Over time, we should see job site injuries and fatalities fall even further – great news for anyone in a traditionally dangerous industry.