Over the last decade, the Internet of Things (IoT), or network of Internet-connected everyday objects to transmit information in real-time, has become more than just a buzzword or hot topic. Across industries, people and businesses rely on real-time information and communication via IoT-enabled devices to save them time, money, and in many cases, improve safety and security. As previously unavailable information and metrics is increasingly captured and stored, “big data” is transforming the way construction organizations identify, assess, and manage health and safety and on-the-job risk.
Real-Time Data Insights
In the new connected economy, and particularly on the connected jobsite where risks are high and workers’ compensation runs nearly 3x the national average, data-sharing is shaping organizations approaches to employee health and safety and risk management. If there is a claim, for example, construction organizations and risk managers don’t have to look through filing cabinets of historical information to find the necessary information. They also don’t have to rely solely on the notes and records that could have been written done by someone else at the organization and are difficult to follow or interpret.
Automatic data collection streamlines processes, enables standardization, and helps bring some predictability to the fast-paced construction industry, where workforce and health and safety processes are continuously evolving.
Spot-r by Triax, for example, was founded on the belief that knowledge is power and that real-time data leads to smarter, more targeted response to employee health and safety and injuries on site. With spot-r’s wearable device, a site supervisor can be notified the moment an accident occurs. Not only does that improve visibility and response times on site, but it starts a log of key safety data that has historically been captured by paper and pencil. The Spot-r system logs the date, time, location, and severity of injuries, so there is real-time data to provide context to the situation.
Empower Your Workforce
For the end-user, real-time tech tools allow workers to actively participate in site safety. With the Spot-r self-alert button, for example, workers can report site hazards or other potential injuries without leaving their work area. This peace of mind – knowing they have a partner on the job regardless of where they’re working – cannot be underestimated. Workers who suffer a heart attack or a diabetic episode, both real-world examples, can push their self-alert button and send geo-tagged notifications. Other mobile apps allow workers to document safety issues and contribute to site reports, a task traditionally completed manually by one supervisor on site. When workers have tools to document site safety, they are engaged in the conversation and can contribute to – and help refine – safety procedures and best practices. An effective health and safety strategy should not be created in a vacuum, and streamlined data collection – whether it’s automatic via wearable devices or enabled by mobile field applications – improves an organization’s overall safety culture.