An Injury Every Seven Seconds: Wearables Could Revolutionize Worker Safety
Over the past 30 years, industrial operations have grown increasingly sophisticated, driven by productivity.
Warehouses store thousands of items to be picked, control centers collect data from machines to optimize operations, and automation allows for unprecedented efficiencies.
Despite the ingenuity in industrial operations, however, the technology that keeps the industrial workforce safe hasn’t changed in decades.
Eye protection became prominent in the 1910s, the hard hat in the 30s, and the safety vest in the 60s. So as productivity has increased, safety technology has not kept pace.
Now, a U.S. worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, per data from the National Safety Council. Every one of those injuries affects someone’s personal life and their ability to provide for themselves and their families.