Each day almost 65 million people work at 0.25 million worksites. Construction has always been a critical component in every era. From thousands of years back to today’s modern world, construction has played a vital role in the development of any civilization.
But unfortunately, it costs many lives every year due to many fatal incidents that happened at the worksite. Nearly two American workers lost their lives on average every single day. The number of fatalities goes up and down every year. But sadly, despite being jumped into the technological era, we are failed to decrease the number of fatalities due to worksite incidents.
Now as the year 2021 has approached, we are witnessing an additional threat of COVID 19 alongside many other worksite dangers. Therefore, we have carefully tried to identify few ways that can improve worksite safety.
We hope that if such improvements can be made, the worksite safety will enhance, and we can see a significant reduction in fatalities per year and onwards.
1. Intelligent Robots
During any construction project, inspections are a routine task. The purpose of these inspections is to investigate the structure side to side and take the required actions as soon as possible. But the workers sent for inspections are at greater risks. For example, in a newly constructed concrete structure, or newly fitted pipes of an oil refinery, it is very difficult for workers to go and collect data.
Therefore, intelligent robots are a safe alternative to such risky tasks. These robots can even maneuver through the spaces where human beings can’t. They can collect all the readings and send the readings in real-time to the control unit. With such initiatives, one can save time, energy, and lives.
2. Mobile Application And Software
Softwares are an incredible way to control different equipment. Rather than controlling everything manually, it is appreciated to use the software at a construction site to control machinery and tools. If multiple companies are sharing a construction website, there is a chance of infringing.
To avoid this, one must take help from the Internet of things (IoT) technology to enhance security through software-generated commands. Every machinery at the worksite can be connected to IoT technology to share instantaneous data of the surrounding. This can detect any unauthorized movement during the work.
3. Change Your Focus To “Prevention” From “Detection”
If any kind of incident happens at the worksite, you should thoroughly investigate the potential causes that provoked such an incident. It is always better to prevent such sort of accidents at the worksite than to detect the happening of any incident right before the incident took place.
So, for being on the safe side, carefully figure out the problem or mistake that could have triggered the incident. Safety experts advise that companies should shift their focus from detection to prevention of any critical situation. Prevention-based programs can provide effective results in saving workers.
Besides this, the workers working in aggressive environments should have sufficient breaks, enough food, and a proper resting area that fulfills safety standards set by the respective authority. The worksite should have ceiling fans and water coolers to refresh the workers during working hours. If workers are overtired and are provided with inadequate necessities, they could unintentionally put themselves and others in danger.
4. Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Smart personal protective equipment (PPE) and wearable tech can monitor the real-time situation. Such equipment can collect the real-time location, biometric authorization, heart rate, calories burnt, and blood pressure. Many modern types of equipment can also detect advanced metrics such as alcohol content in the body, sweat levels, and pulse rate.
Many next-generation PPE can also detect fatigue and alertness in real-time. Managers can track the worker’s data and based on such readings, they can figure out which worker needs and break. Such initiatives are advantageous in preventing incidents and saving lives.
5. Training And Lots Of Training
A small mistake during crane loading or lifting can be deadly for many. No doubts, mistakes can occur and sometimes negligence comes from the experienced workers as well. But a novice is always at a greater risk of making a mistake.
Therefore, it is always recommended to train your workers before starting on-site work. Do training and lots of training. Due to COVID, you can train your workers virtually through online training sessions. Make it mandatory for every worker to enroll them in all the training sessions. In this way, you can reduce the chances of incidence.
Simulators for using excavators, cranes might also prove helpful during employee training. Regardless of thinking that your employee is very smart or intelligent, you should still make sure that everyone gets enough training to deal with any sort of emergency situation.