Technology and digitization help improve safety in the workplace because they enable the implementation of preventive measures to reduce accidents, theft and damage. However, on their own, these items are not enough: it is essential to raise awareness among operators at all levels. This emerged during “The advantages of new technologies supporting safety” conference held at Samoter, the international construction machinery exhibition at Veronafiere until sunday organized in collaboration with IPAF (International Powered Access Federation).
“Regular inspections of accessories and lifting devices are mandatory from a regulatory point of view,” explained Marco Ruggeri of Spanset Italia. “We have developed technological and intuitive RFID systems to replace conventional and less precise Excel spreadsheets. This new approach allows inspection data to be recorded without errors, quickly and in an organized manner.”
Andrea Boldirini of X Group outlined the role of software for improving safety: “A single data set makes it easier for all company functions to keep everything under control,” he added. “Provided, however, that solutions are easy and intuitive to use, and above all customizable and adaptable to the specific situation. Once acquired, data can then be used in various ways.”
And precisely the importance of data was at the core of the report by Alberto Bertaglia of Kiwitron: “Data are facts, not opinions. Thanks to artificial intelligence, sensors and heatmaps, we can predict areas at high risk of accidents: we like to think that technology is a fundamental tool for saving lives.”
“Current technology means we can control any aspect of a machine,” highlighted Adriano Pertegato of Cobo Group. Sensors, software and cabling keep us informed about movements, speed, the engine and platform shifts: technology has a twofold role: safety on the one hand and efficiency on the other.”
And efficiency also means that machinery is always operational: “Our cloud based systems use notifications to remind you of aspects about the maintenance status of machinery,” concluded Claudio Martignoni of LoJack. “Crash management services are equally important: in addition to calling for help in the event of an accident, they provide precise information about the accident and make operators more aware of the need for use vehicles safely.”