Despite attempts to ensure greater workplace safety in manufacturing, the industry still falls short. There are more than 300 work-related fatalities each year
in the manufacturing industry, according to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics. In addition, approximately 12 million
people employed in the industry and nearly 400,000 nonfatal injuries are still being reported annually.
While organizations continue to take measures to try to
ensure employees are safe on the job, these actions are often
reactionary in nature. Instead of just bandaging up an issue,
manufacturers need to take a strategic approach to creating a
proactive safety culture using software solutions. A software
platform allows safety managers and plant operators to
gain a holistic view of safety in the organization. With a
safety solution, every employee is held accountable for
implementing effective safety protocols and following the
correct procedures while on the factory or plant floor.
By implementing a software solution, manufacturers
can benefit from greater transparency and increased
productivity. Cloud-based solutions also helps to streamline
regular upkeep at a manufacturing facility for effective risk
management. A safety software platform is also an effective
tool for employees at all levels to utilize to help build a
strong culture of workplace wellbeing.
Increased Transparency And Efficiency
With safety management software, plant managers and
operators can obtain real-time visibility on performance
within the organizations. With a single solution for safety
management, there is also reduced time for tedious
manual reporting in spreadsheets. Safety software allows
manufacturers to easily and accurately track safety metrics
such as Lost Time Accident and Lost Work Day Case. Using
intuitive dashboards, a software solution offers detailed
accident and incident recording and notifications can be sent
automatically to key stakeholders within the organization.
Safety managers can also easily pinpoint key indicators of
an on-the-job injury and take proactive steps to ensure there
are no reoccurrences. Action items for the preventative step
— such as installing anti-slip flooring in an area with a high
rate of falls — are automatically assigned to key personnel.
The safety management platform can then track and validate
the completion of each task to ensure accountability.
Streamlined Operations And Maintenance
Creating a strong safety culture includes regular
inspection and maintenance of manufacturing equipment
to ensure they are performing at optimal levels. With a
software platform, operations teams can instantly update
the status of equipment they have inspected using a tablet.
If there is an inspection and an employee notices that a
safeguard is not in place or equipment is not working
properly, then a corrective action is immediately assigned
and the relevant team is notified immediately. The team is
given a specific timeframe to complete the corrective action
to reduce the possibility of any worker being harmed on that
specific job preventing loss time due to an accident.
If equipment is malfunctioning, safety software can also
send an alert to employees to ensure they do not attempt
to use the equipment and hurt themselves. A great benefit
of mobile software solutions is that they can operate
online or offline which is ideal for a plant or factory where
To Create A Strong
By Kevin Richards