Oct 23, 2019
Technology is leading the way in safety leadership. It can have a huge impact in the safety training of employees across many industries.Based in Indianapolis, the workforce-first safety software company Anvil, is using technology to preempt many safety accidents and fatalities. The CEO of Anvil, Robin Fleming, feels that safety is a "right that companies owe their employees.
Workers are using Anvil's technology and learning to make safer decisions. Data is provided in real-time on the working conditions at say, a construction site. Technology pervades a company's safety culture and gives employees the tools they need to thrive at their job and return home safely. The challenge has been in converting paper-based analytics on a largely "deskless" employee base, which makes up for 80% of new workers without a dashboard on their desktop. Having safety technology is crucial for these modern workers. Now, workes on the line can be connected in real-time with their managers and each other. There are many high-risk situations inherent in working in industries such as construction, oil and gas, major capital projects and megaprojects, and emergency maintenance. Heavey equipment is dangerous and technology works hand in hand with an organization's current safety culture. For example, the software can be deployed to assess an employee's working conditions with a series of questions when they are working by themselves without team support. Safety software will assess whether a worker has been trained properly For example, a worker may be asked if they are trained for this situation. A construction worker can send in a photo of a particular safety incident and use the software to manage the situation before it becomes hazardous. As employees answer the software questions, they could be notified to contact a supervisor or proceed through the steps if the software deems the employee properly trained. The main benefit of the safety software is employees are finding their voice in the safety leadership of their organization. Lineworkers, for example, now have an efficient system to report unsafe conditions directly within the new technology. This method can be used in manufacturing sectors and any other industry where employee safety is critical. A shift worker may not always be aware of the conditions of the previous shift. Now, workers can have that data at their fingertips. Knowledge is power and this kind of data can avoid costly safety accidents. So how are workers adapting to this new safety technology? Are they embracing it as a life-saving tool or are they rejecting it as simply "one more thing" they have to add to an already burdened workload? The response has been emphatic in support of this new safety technology. The good news is that it only takes a half-hour on the average to get properly trained on the new technology. Almost every worker has a smartphone and this technology will be quite familiar with most workers across industries. User-engagement is tracking around a 90% adoption rate in the construction industry alone. Together, data, knowledge, and technology are supporting existing safety training to save time, money, and lives.
Adrienne M. Selko | Oct 23, 2019 - Improving worker safety is an area where technology can have a great impact.
By using workforce-first safety software, Anvl, based in Indianapolis, is helping companies predict and prevent injuries and death. “Safety isn’t a competitive advantage but a right that companies owe their workers,” said Robin Fleming, CEO of Anvl.
And one way to deliver on this promise of ensuring worker safety is to utilize technology to provide information, in real-time, that helps workers make better decisions. For example, Cummins, the engine manufacturer uses Anvl’s technology to better understand the working conditions of its employees in order to provide the tools necessary for employees to be safe while performing their jobs.