Technology is helping us do a lot of things in the business world. Perhaps one of the most important things that tech can do for us is keep our employees safe – and there are plenty of great advances that really help in this area!
Smart protective wear
Let’s put our focus on your average construction site. What do we think of when we think about protective gear that one wears? We think of safety vests and hard hats. Pretty simple equipment, but very effective indeed. How useful can additional technology really be to these things? Well, smart vests and smart hard hats do exist; they monitor things like heart rate and body temperature, which can be extremely useful when it comes to telling if someone is suffering form some kind of problem that could affect their safety. You can check the status remotely. Another cool thing about them? If they’re not being worn by the worker they’re assigned to, you’ll be alerted to this, allowing you to take the appropriate action.
Whether you’re working in an office or on a construction site, you need to ensure that wrongdoers can’t get on the premises. This can result in theft of your equipment, of course. But it can also land you in hot water if someone who isn’t authorized to be on your property is injured on your property. Yes, strange as that sounds, this is an actual problem many business owners have to deal with, particularly in the construction industry! If the traditional lock-and-key approach to keeping people out isn’t quite enough for you, then you could consider going with a smart lock. These locks only release if someone is authorized to be there, and it uses fingerprint scanning to keep this in check! You can also remotely lock and unlock the door, which can be very useful.
Fluid level sensors
Spills are one of the most common dangers in construction and manufacturing (and, in fact, is one of the most common causes of injury in offices as well, when you consider spills in kitchens!) Not only can the fluid get onto the floor, increasing the likelihood that slipping will occur, but leaking or overflowing fluid may also find its way into electrical equipment, which can cause fires. Remember, too, that much of the fluids found in a given factory may be at a very unsafe temperature. Things like a non contact level switch for tube containers or other tanks can help prevent such occurrences because they can alert users to unsafe fluid levels.
CCTV has been the traditional way to do surveillance, and indeed there have been some pretty cool technological advances in this area. A lot of people imagine security guards observing the footage from a specialized room. But the feed from CCTV can be streamed (in high definition!) to personal devices such as tablets and phones! Drones are also being used on construction sites. And no, I’m not talking about attack drones. That’s taking things a little too far. We’re talking about surveillance drones as a means of getting an aerial view to aid security!