Improving worker safety in manufacturing with the internet of things (IoT) can impact a company’s bottom line, lessen financial loss, as well as increase workforce productivity and efficiency.
Workers in a manufacturing company have to deal with heavy-duty equipment and harmful chemicals exposures on a regular basis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries in the year 2017 alone. This statistic revealed the dark truth of the US alone. Imagine what the global count of worker injuries and deaths, especially including those in developing and underdeveloped countries. In addition to harming the workers, accidents in the workplace heavily affect a company’s profit margins. Firstly, regardless of whose fault it may be, if any accident happens, manufacturing companies are liable for worker’s compensation. Besides, the manufacturing companies have to consider and fix the damage caused to the interiors of the workplace, if any. Further, accidents may lead to a decline in workers’ enthusiasm to work, which will result in lower productivity. Also, the reputation of the company will be seriously affected.
All of these point to the need for appropriate safety programs to be enforced for creating a safe and secure work environment for workers. A study reveals that 83% of manufacturing leaders see increased productivity from safety programs. Hence, it is important to take into account the factors that pose potential safety risks to workers and find an effective solution to cope with the same. Improving worker safety with IoT in manufacturing is one of the best ways manufacturing companies can deal with safety concerns and risks.
The Internet of Things and the ubiquitous connectivity it brings opens up new opportunities for improving worker safety by collecting workplace-related data. Embedding sensors and smart cameras in a manufacturing plant will allow authorities to collect important safety-related metrics, which when analyzed, give meaningful insights to take proactive remedial actions.
Thus, with IoT coming into the picture, manufacturing firms will witness improved workplace visibility. Being able to track every detail of the work environment will enable the manufacturing companies to minimize accident rates, accelerate emergency response rates, and reduce expenditure on worker compensation and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) penalties.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.