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“Safety is Job #1”: We’ve all seen the posters, and yet safety rates are still no better than 10 years ago. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2018, a 2 percent increase from 2017. The majority of these happened in industrial settings, and that number is almost unchanged from a decade ago.
This eBook lays out some of the key drivers and issues facing industrial safety management teams today, and illustrates how connected work can increase safety for workers, customers and the whole business. LEARN MORE
Industrial Accidents and Humans are Inextricably Linked
In most industrial accidents, the root cause can be traced back to human errors in two areas: setup and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure, and poor procedural adherence when operators, especially newer workers, are executing routine tasks.
In the pursuit of cost containment, many maintenance tasks have shifted from dedicated maintenance crews to line workers. For line workers, clean/inspect/lube (CIL) is now part of their daily shift, whether they’ve been around that equipment for two weeks or 20 years.
Additionally, every worker is unique, and – for better or worse – that individuality often finds its way into industrial environments and the products on the dock. Sometimes it’s a minor variance in batch quality. Sometimes it’s a life-threatening quality issue that can decimate your brand. How does this happen? LEARN MORE
Digitizing Standard Operating Procedures: An Essential First Step
Digital checklists offer clear benefits over paper, notepads, white boards and binders. They’re portable, searchable and, in many cases, interactive.
But if the paper-based documentation and SOPs were vague or incomplete to begin with, there’s still the risk that workers mis-interpret the instructions or fail to complete critical safety steps. Additionally, digitized checklists frequently lack context or data validation, so it’s easy to input inaccurate information. LEARN MORE
Connected Work Holds the Key to Continuous Safety Improvement
Connected work methodologies and technologies don’t just digitize SOPs. They capture operator and system inputs during work execution; measure and analyze that data to identify trends; and provide clear insight to supervisors, managers and executives tasked with improving worker safety. Safety “sub-routines” can be embedded directly into frontline worker SOPs instead of living as separate safety tasks that require special EHS management and oversight. Workers can also contribute toward a proactive safety culture by providing feedback and safety improvement recommendations – directly within the connected worker app.
Most significantly for large companies that utilize similar equipment and procedures across dozens of locations, data-backed safety concerns can be quickly surfaced and mitigated before similar accidents happen in other locations. LEARN MORE
Addressing the Major Barriers to Safety Improvement
Connected work helps reduce the likelihood of accidents by making safety-related activities more consistent, collaborative and transparent across the enterprise. And the data captured at every moment enables industrial companies to proactively prevent, respond to and resolve incidents. LEARN MORE
Consistency:By cueing up specific reminders and steps as dictated by the procedure, compliance becomes more consistent across teams and sites.
Collaboration:Connected work enables line workers, remote maintenance staff, supervisors, inspectors and management to communicate directly with one another on a mobile app to get jobs done safely and efficiently.
Transparency:With work execution and safety data continuously fed back into the enterprise systems, connected work can help uncover previously hidden information about behavior and trends that increase risk or could lead to incidents.
Leveraging Data to Improve Incident Investigation and Reporting
In even the best of environments, accidents occur. And when they do, safety management teams can leverage connected worker technology to quickly provide the proper care to those affected, assess what went wrong, and take immediate steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again – without a significant cost investment. LEARN MORE
Conclusion: A Culture of Safety is Within Reach
Any injury is one too many. By leveraging connected work, companies can create a continuous feedback loop that will help improve overall adherence to safety protocols, standardize procedures, and create a culture of safe behavior. This, in turn, insures that workers can focus on doing their best, most productive work – safely. LEARN MORE