Strategic Focus: Using IoT For Collision Avoidance

Published 23 September 2021 by Bill Pennington &

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Executive Summary

This report provides corporate EHS managers with insight for incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) technology for preventing collisions within their operations. Struck-by and collision events pose a real threat to worker safety across multiple industries around the world. Struck-by events account for the second highest number of fatalities in the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ‘Fatal 4’, coming after falls, with 10.1% of workplace fatalities. While struck-by events can include falling objects, approximately 50% of these events are caused directly by powered vehicles and equipment. This report identifies how advances in IoT technology have led to new digital solutions to prevent collision events between vehicles, workers and equipment and provides buyers with guidance on key steps to take in adopting IoT solutions for collision avoidance. 

Table of contents

IoT Technology Has Enabled An Innovative Way To Protect Workers And Assets From Collisions 
Machinery And Equipment Collisions Continue To Be A Major Threat To Worker Health And Safety 
IoT Technology Has Created A Variety Of Use Cases For Preventing Collisions
Firms Should Consider IoT Technology When Addressing Controls For High-Traffic Or High-Risk Worksites

About the author

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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