Any occupation can cause a workplace injury, whether your employees are manual labourers or sit at a desk all day. A person’s place of work should be the last place where they develop an injury, which is why health and safety legislation has developed massively over the past few decades. Despite this, statistics indicate that nearly 700,000 people a year sustain workplace injuries, which can lead to millions of working days lost (Health and Safety Executive, 2020).
Though seeing it in statistics might make it feel inevitable, you can still take steps to reduce this number and keep your workforce happy. Going above and beyond health and safety regulations – especially with the help of technology – can help to lessen the frequency of these incidents.
We’ve spoken before about how poor posture can lead to issues for people at a desk or on their feet, but one of the simplest technical solutions to deal with this (especially for the former) is good-quality seating. The human body should not spend the working day in an uncomfortable chair, as this could lead to issues with digestion and blood flow.
By investing in desktop ergonomics, potentially with a trained ergonomist, you will be able to improve the way your employees work for the better. This is not just limited to seating – overhauling the keyboards and mice of the office to help people’s wrists is an option that reduces the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries.
Business processes are almost always data-driven – a workplace injury is the same, with an incident report usually following the event in question. The predictive modelling afforded by workplace safety analytics could allow you to see problems and trends (both current and future) to make the necessary changes necessary and prevent a recurrence.
This allows you to see what commonly causes injuries and enact preventative strategies to combat them. It is also possible to pair these analytics with wearable technologies, so you can use the relevant sensors to gain a bigger picture of how your workers are operating, and how they can reduce their own risk of injury.
Drones are small and typically equipped with a strong camera, making them ideal for conducting inspections. This is especially true for those that can pose a risk, such as at a construction project. Drones let your team monitor and manage a complicated site from afar – this could constitute power lines, for example.
Though health and safety procedures should allow any staff member to do a risky job, accidents do happen – this is not something we can ever train away. However, we can allow your workers to do their jobs while not exposing themselves to needless risks in the process.
At Zecure, we have pioneered a customisable safety app used by companies around the globe to monitor the safety of workers. It offers real-time wellbeing analytics and can track the location of your employees to make sure they stay safe. For more information, get in touch and consider starting your free trial of Zecure today.
History of Occupational Safety and Health (2021), Timeline, available at: https://www.historyofosh.org.uk/timeline.html
Health and Safety Executive (2020), Health and Safety Statistics, available at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/