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PROPERTY & CASUALTY
JAN 22, 2020
How Does the Internet of Things Support Proactive Safety?
According to the National Safety Council, a workplace injury occurs every seven seconds. That adds up to more than 4,500,000 injuries every year. While companies can use traditional measures to counteract these risks, technology is making it easier to keep workers safe and understand patterns of loss.
Using IoT to keep workers safe
IoT can be utilized to identify hazards — such as jobsite hazards or machine breakdown, prior to an actual occurrence. This is incredibly beneficial for at-risk workers because it prevents them from being exposed to dangerous situations.
In a post-breakdown situation, it’s more difficult to take a proactive approach to safety. IoT reduces risks because of its proactive safety capabilities. For instance, if the network senses a potential malfunction from a piece of machinery, supervisors will be notified. The problem can be resolved before it becomes an immediate, lost-time issue.
IoT may also aid in the identification of other unsafe job conditions. Certain devices can monitor the physical environment — signaling outdoor workers if dangerous weather is approaching, or locating a wire shortage for those in a manufacturing facility.
Spotting trends and patterns of loss
The internet of things (IoT) can connect numerous safety devices — enabling safety managers to analyze data from wearables, telematics devices, dash cams and more.
As a result, managers can create personalized training and prevention programs based on the data. This is especially helpful in preventing specific losses in the future. Moreover, identifying trends can protect your bottom line. Amerisure can work with you to provide specific tools and resources to drive down losses. In turn, this can help save on operational and insurance costs.