In industries such as construction, manufacturing & warehousing, workplace injuries and fatalities often occur as a result of Slips, Trips and Falls (STFs) or use of machinery by unqualified workers. This technology offer is a small form factor wearable sensor capable of continuously tracking the worker's motion and location within a given zone. STFs generate signature movements in contrast to other activities, e.g., jumping off a vehicle, thus, these can be differentiated. A safety alert is triggered in real time to monitor personnel in conditions where there is inactivity following a fall movement. Early warning signals are also triggered if employees occupy hazardous stations with a risk of falling from a significant height. Each sensor is associated with a given worker and his/her skill profile. This allows for digital attendance tracking and lets supervisors track if workers are operating in prohibited areas or working with equipment that they are untrained for. Gateways installed at the worksite allow for location tracking for individual workers via the sensors. This allows for multiple applications, e.g. worker numbers and time spent near/in accident hotspots can be captured and continuously monitored. In the case of COVID-19 mitigation, safe distancing measures can also be enforced. This technology offer can be integrated into Integrated Construction Management Systems.
This technology offer is primarily targeted for workers in industries with higher incidences of workplace accidents or have pressing safe distancing/worker location tracking requirements. It is not necessarily restricted to construction or manufacturing.
The same technology can potentially be applied to any population of heightened risk of STFs, e.g. unsupervised elderly.
Workplace health and safety is a domain that received greater attention in recent years. Anecdotal evidence suggests that not many companies have adopted STF detection or worksite injury reduction technologies in general, which means that there is an untapped pool of potential customers.
This technology is easy to implement, as not a lot of hardware needs to installed (e.g. no video cameras). The small form factor of the device makes it easy for workers to wear them during their everyday work, with assurance that in the case of accidents, help will be available more quickly. Safety officers can also detect locations with higher incidences of near misses and take remedial actions to improve work site safety. Also, along with the core use case of STF, the technology also provides benefits like digital attendance, zone compliance and station productivity monitoring.