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Technological Advancements in Safety

Updated: Apr 29

Hello and welcome to the first edition of our blog series by Oombo! These blogs will cover various topics related to the latest innovations in the construction and industrial industries as well as the significant strides made to improve the safety of work sites. 

Today’s post will help inform readers of the new technology being used to help make workplaces safer, more connected and help workers become better prepared for the job site. 

Innovation is crucial to the advancement of any industry as it can automate certain tasks, help increase productivity, and create safer work environments. In this initial blog post we will take a closer look at the latest tech used to create immersive safety training material, the new ways to help inspect and analyze potential and current worksites, and how IoT (Internet of Things) devices can help create a more connected worksite. 

Current safety training can be quite gruesome and tedious as the material rarely gets updated and it is typically employees of companies that operate on heavy machinery, powered tools, or equipment who must be aware of the safe operating procedures of these devices. Although, employees spend up to eight hours or more being exposed to all this safety material the likelihood of retaining the information they learned is low.  An option for making the material more engaging for employees is using VR (virtual reality) to help teach them how to carry out standard safety procedures, how to deal with safety hazards or breaches, and the preventative methods they can take to avoid these scenarios. One company that has been at the forefront of this technology is Humulo which has seen that users are four times more likely to be emotionally connected with the material compared to standard safety teaching methods (Source: “Humulo: Emotional Connections”, 2021). 

Humulo demonstrating the capabilities of their VR technology

In recent years the usage of drones has become very popular as people have found numerous applications for these devices namely aerial photography, express shipping, and most notably visual inspections. In many industries, inspections are a routine activity for maintenance procedures, are carried out to create 3D maps of a potential worksite, track the progress of a work site, and help check areas of a site that could potentially put one in harm. Additionally, drones help to identify areas in a worksite that are of a potential safety concern that the team can work on addressing. Lastly, drones gather significantly more data on a worksite compared to the traditional method of an inspector or auditor walking around the worksite which is typically very time-consuming.  

Drones are valuable assets for construction companies due to their swift data gathering

IoT-enabled devices have significantly helped create workplaces, become more connected, and help to provide real-time updates of a worker's vital signs, provide alerts in case of any emergencies, and can enable one to monitor their worksite remotely. In addition, these devices have reduced workplace accidents in the construction industry by a sheer 50% (Source: “Smart Construction: The Future of Workplace Safety,” Forbes, 2020). The Brite-Mount product that Oombo provides not only helps to light up a work zone but also creates a virtual work zone that can be seen through the Oombo app and provides real-time updates by letting the user know if the site is compromised in the event of one of the cones getting knocked down or detecting any sudden movement nearby. 

Users can receive real-time updates on changes within the site via virtual work zones established by the Brite-Mounts

While the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is commonly embraced by industry professionals, there are occasions when new technologies or opportunities arise to enhance efficiency and mitigate risk. Ultimately, the goal for employees, employers, and managers alike is to ensure tasks are carried out to the highest standards while prioritizing safety. At Oombo, this philosophy guides us, as we strive to foster worksites that are not only more interconnected but also safer than ever before. Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for our upcoming post! 


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