3 Ways Technology Makes it Easier for Skilled Labor to Stay Safe

3 Ways Technology Makes it Easier to Work Smart and Safe


Whether your team is made up of Baby Boomers, Millennials or everyone in between, they’re all part of Generation S—men and women who want to work smart and stay safe. Here’s how technology can make it easier:

1. Work smart

Fatigued, distracted equipment operators aren’t working smart. Worst case, they can cause deaths or major injuries. Even if an accident isn’t serious, the consequences can be: equipment or property damage, lost productivity, higher healthcare costs, extra insurance premiums and more.

New technology can help identify and support fatigued or distracted operators. Caterpillar’s Driver Safety System, for example, uses infrared cameras and sensors to measure an operator’s eye and eyelid behavior. If these measurements indicate an operator is dozing off or sending a text, the seat rumbles and an alarm sounds. Data about the event is sent to a central location where it can be used for safety planning and decision-making.

2. Stay safe

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, contact between people, objects and equipment is the third-leading cause of death in construction. That’s why many companies are investing in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to help teams stay safe.

With a system like Cat® Detect for Personnel, ground workers and visitors wear safety vests and hard hats equipped with RFID tags. Other assets or potential hazards around a jobsite can also be tagged. If antennae installed in the equipment detect RFID tags in danger zones, operators and ground workers receive alerts. Data about each incident is captured and made available to site managers so they can make informed decisions that protect people and assets.

3. Train everyone

It’s tough to build a smarter, safer workplace. Training is key—but only if it’s positive and productive. Take a critical look at your safety resources. Are they fresh and relevant? Engaging and interactive? Clear? Practical? Targeted at all levels of the organization? Upgrading the education piece of your safety strategy could go a long way toward improving performance.

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New technologies and resources are available right now to help you and your Generation S team improve safety, efficiency and profitability. What are you waiting for?


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