Due to the nature of the work that must be completed, construction sites and industrial workplaces will always contain some inherent dangers. While Environmental Health and Safety programs have significantly reduced these dangers, the most recent National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019 released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that 5,333 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2019, the largest annual number since 2007. Out of this number, workers age 55 and over accounted for 38% of all workplace fatalities, up from 20% in 1992. In addition, within the construction industry, there were 79,700 non-fatal injury cases with days away from work in 2019, which represents a 2.84% increase from 2018.
These startling statistics lead us to ask; Why aren’t efforts to improve worker safety generating a meaningful reduction in workplace injuries? Technology advancements exist that allow heavy industries – like construction and metals – to shift their approach to safety from reactive to proactive. Isn’t it time to use this technology to impact safety programs’ effectiveness?