Utilities: Monitor Your Outdoor Spaces to Boost Worker Safety
As a country, the United Kingdom has the goal and ambition to be Net Zero for the emissions it creates that get released into the atmosphere. So, in the great outdoors there needs to be an even greater focus for energy and utilities companies to get things right when it comes to green initiatives.
And it feels quite poetic that a sector that spends so much time in outdoor spaces is tasked with being a driving force for the greater, greener good.
Today, we continue our Utilities Pain Points series by discussing how you can monitor radio device location in real-time, to help keep your workers safe and able to carry on with powering the nation towards a sustainable future.
An ever-changing climate
Working in outdoor spaces comes with its challenges. You have to contend with the fact that people are spread out across large areas, some are operating at height, others are in underground spaces, and to top it all off, you have to combat the fact the environment (especially the weather) can change in a split second.
These factors can create headaches for supervisors, operations managers, and health and safety bosses.
In 2020, the rate of lost time to injuries in UK offshore renewables was four times as high as another high hazard industry, oil and gas. In the same year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had to intervene following serious incidents and outlined a series of concerns.
As a sector overall, energy and utilities recorded the fourth highest rate (4,160) of work-related ill health in the UK. Only education, public administration/defence, and health/social work recorded more.
To add even more fuel to the fire, a study from a few years ago suggested that the sector had a high Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) exposure rating. A rating that was higher (32 per cent) than the all-industry average (25 per cent).
It’s further ammunition to show that improvements need to evolve over time to ensure workers are as safe as possible when on site.
Staying on the right track
One of the best ways to combat the outdoor elements is by introducing a solution that will give your control room team a real-time overview of where your workers are. And by this, we mean where they are relation to your on-site structure, as this will give you the opportunity to monitor their location and react in real-time if incidents occur.
So, what is the right solution? It’s something that we refer to as outdoor location tracking. And it’s achievable by using digital two-way radios that have built-in GPS tracking and using a dispatch system where you can effectively monitor device location.
Using an interface like TRBOCALL, you can see your workers in real-time on a pre-defined map of your outside site area.
As the radio device and worker moves around the site map will update to show where they are. This type of data intelligence can be vital in terms of keeping your workforce safe whilst at work.
If an incident arises, you’ll be in a better place to react to what is happening before it’s too late. Reducing accidents and injuries should be as important as reducing emissions and going greener.
You can also create geofences around your chosen vicinity to further enhance safety and security. Geofences are virtual parameters that are used to map out a real-world geographical area.
The virtual boundary creates a separation point between the area you want to track and an area that you don’t want to monitor. This helps to create a space where you know people should be coming and going from.
This can be used when a worker needs to be in a remote location to carry out checks or maintenance repairs. An alert can be sent to the dispatch system to show that they have either entered the area or left it go elsewhere.
This article provides an insight into outdoor location tracking, but if you’d like to know more about how it works then we’d love to have chat with you to gain a better understanding how what your operation looks like and how outdoor location tracking fits into your worker safety pledges and policies.
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