From industries such as construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and petrochemical, working at heights is a common practice at worksites around the world that poses several safety risks. When a fall occurs, the speed of the response is critical, as an accident can quickly turn fatal.
ISEA – the International Safety Equipment Association – is moving forward with a connected worker task group of member companies -- all safety equipment manufacturers -- to decide what actions are needed to ensure and advance safety in the broad, rapidly expanding field of connected worker devices.
Traditionally, safety departments get opinions and guesses thrown at them, says Stinson. There may be a hazard. Equipment doesn’t seem to be working. “Now you have objective data all mapped out. It’s very important that this is objective data, so you know for a fact that a part of plant is leaking. It’s a fact, not a suspicion,” he says.
Over the past few months, I, along with some fellow Cority employees, had the opportunity to participate in a pilot with Fatigue Science to measure our sleep and fatigue levels. Fatigue Science combines wearable tech with biomathematical science from the U.S. Army Research Lab to offer unprecedented insight into sleep and fatigue.
Guardian Fall Protection announced the 8’ Diablo Cable SRL-LE, a wearable self-retracting lifeline designed for use in leading edge construction applications. The lightweight Diablo Cable SRL-LE features a direct-to-harness mounting system and unique integrated shock absorber system for a low-profile, comfortable fit.
Pankaj Singh is a recent Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He is also a co-founder of OrthoFit Inc, a new company developing smart wearables and software. ISHN interviewed Pankaj by email to discuss smart glove wearables.
Readers may be familiar with connected products (gas detectors servicing alerts) that have been around for many years. This article identifies common connected technology terms, concepts and uses that will be new to a workplace safety environment.