The American Society of Safety Engineers reports workplace safety has plateaued over the last decade. This is true of the power industry, although significant strides have been made to protect workers.
Safety performance is heightened during plant outages, both planned and forced. At peak activity, it is common for plants to have hundreds of contract workers on site. Top contractors with experienced workers bring industry best practices that enhance a plant’s safety culture. This is when an owner knows it has the right partner, one with aligned culture and values, and a comprehensive training program.
The next evolution of plant safety will be driven by the use of data and technology to drive behaviors and a strengthening of cultures that prioritize safety above all.
Use Data to Avoid Risk
We are on the precipice of a data revolution in the construction industry. Today’s technology enables us to gather real-time information on plant and worker performance that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago.
Today, when an injury occurs on a plant site, alert systems are in place to notify critical personnel and executive leadership almost immediately. More specifically, alerts such as LINX Man Down and Lone Worker communicate an injury or fall instantly, with the ability to send an alert yourself or rely solely on the device if you’re unconscious or injured. These communications give leaders the ability to address issues quickly and appropriately, and can at times be life-saving.
The data tells us a great deal about workplace behaviors, including near misses, good catches and interventions. With LINX Reports, every incident is time stamped and geocoded to provide exact coordinates of where it occurred. There is also an alert report and analytics that can be pulled, saved, sorted and monitored for problematic areas or zones.
Even further, LINX offers geofence functionality; so if there is a high risk area it can be identified and the system proactively alerts the proper personnel when someone enters and later exits these designated areas.
The industry should look at its most “error-likely tasks” for the week. Based on that data, the activities with the highest probability for something to go wrong is identified. By giving those situations attention, the chances of accidents decrease. This is where the future of safety data and performance is headed.
Embrace a Zero Injury Mindset
While outage durations are a key performance indicator, worker safety and productivity are not mutually exclusive. The fact is a safe workplace is a productive workplace. Research from Rockwell Automation shows plants in the top 20 percent of overall equipment effectiveness have injury frequency rates 18 times lower than average performers and 60 times lower than poor performers.
A company with a strong safety culture is one that always puts worker safety first and is willing to stop work to address workers’ concerns. A culture where no one–not foremen, not superintendents, not even executives–resist being told when they are doing something that might be unsafe. Improve your worker safety today with LINX by Requesting a Demo.
Source: Excerpts from https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2018/07/driving-for-zero-the-next-evolution-of-workplace-safety.html