Just five days back a massive boiler explosion occurred in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation power plant. This was the second such incident in two months. Other recent major industrial incidents include Styrene and hydrogen sulphide gas leaks in Vaizag which claimed several lives.
Nearly 50,000 people die in industrial accidents in India every year (Click here). This is alarming, as we not only lose valuable lives, but businesses also get ensnared in managing the aftermath of the accident.
What can we do? As factories become smart through digitalization to reduce costs, improve productivity and innovate, they should also seriously look at technology to improve safety and well-being of their employees.
Data from sensors and devices can use AI engines to predict failures much before they happen. Computer vision systems can warn about impending dangers such as potential collisions, malfunctions and incorrect O&M practices. Wearables can be used to track operator health and fatigue. AR and VR technology can be used for safety training to support safe O&M practices. Historic data can be analysed to understand the causes of past failures so that preventive measures can be put in place.
Time is now ripe to harness the power of digital technologies to save lives and limbs and build sustainable and healthy work environments.
We, at Digi2O, have created intelligent digital systems that support informed and accelerated decision making and which improve the efficient use of your assets. This can be used to improve your workplace environment, health and safety.
Please feel free to write back to me (info@digi2O.com) or request for a call back if you have any questions on how to implement digitalized safety in your organization.
We pray for your good health and a bright digital future. Look forward to speak to you soon.
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