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Safer Working Through Technology

Strategies for a safer, healthier construction site

Improving jobsite health and safety is a matter of management culture. But technology can help. Want the whole story? Download the full whitepaper below.

Pain points that literally hurt

20 %

of all workplace fatalities
occurred in construction in the U.S. in 2019

200,100 injuries

and illnesses
reported by U.S. construction companies in 2019

79,700 days

of productivity were lost
due to injuries/illnesses in the U.S. in 2019

100 %

of all injuries
are avoidable, according to the Construction Industry Institute

Jobsite safety challenges

Companies face bigger, more complicated projects; new working methods, technologies and materials; fewer skilled workers; and tighter deadlines that demand higher productivity. How can they identify and reduce safety issues?

The root causes of most injuries and illnesses

People

Includes human error or risky and reckless behavior

Tools

Includes damaged or poorly maintained equipment

Organization

Includes inadequate training, planning and management

Work environment

Includes inappropriate or hazardous working conditions

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Work-related injuries and illnesses hurt not just people but also bottom lines.

 

Unsafe working conditions increase downtime and make jobsites unappealing to young workers, which doesn’t help alleviate the industry’s high turnover rate (20%) and worker shortfall (430,000 in 2021).

 

Changing Safety Culture

When CEOs lead, safety follows

The safest businesses are led by those who demonstrate a commitment to safety culture. That means implementing worker-led activities such as near-miss analyses, inspections and establishing KPIs for measuring safety. 

Managers can also lead by adopting a health and safety strategy that takes advantage of technology.

Investing in products and services that help reduce risk is a proactive approach that can also keep companies a few steps ahead of regulators.

Innovations for a healthier, safer jobsite

Reduce strains and fatigue

  • Lighter, more comfortable tools
  • More productive tools that help reduce trigger time
  • Vibration reduction technology

Address organizational issues

  • Connected batteries that provide maintenance alerts
  • Asset management software that enables seamless repair/replacement of damaged tools

Reduce dust

  • Tool-integrated systems that extract virtually all dust
  • Powerful cordless vacuum cleaners for more convenient extraction

Prevent hazards

  • Tool tethering that helps prevent dropped tools
  • Battery-powered tools that don’t require combustible fuel

Address high-risk tasks

  • Torque-control technology that helps prevent unexpected over-rotation 
  • Touch-activated tools that stop if the user lets go
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Safer Jobsites, Better Business

Construction companies operate on razor-thin profit margins. But those who take an active role in measurably reducing injuries can benefit from less downtime, lower premiums and more productivity.

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Digitization and other technologies can help you increase productivity, optimize your business and enhance safety. How? Find out by exploring our new collection of whitepapers, which include topics such as data-driven services, automation, asset management and human augmentation.

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