Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the National Safety Council’s recent release of a new whitepaper through its Work to Zero initiative that examines the emerging practice of using computer vision as a tool to mitigate the risk of workplace injuries.
The paper highlights top research findings to make it easier for employers to leverage this technology to better identify root causes of workplace incidents and keep their employees safe on the job. Key findings included that due to its ability to track and log data and instantly deploy this information to predict incidents, computer vision is ideal for industries involving heavy machinery and extensive movement such as manufacturing, logistics, construction and warehousing. The technology was also found to be especially effective in identifying when personal protective equipment is being properly utilized, such as in the case of employees wearing hard hats and high-visibility vests. Despite its many benefits, the report also covers limitations with current computer vision technology, such as image quality on closed-circuit televisions and A.I. software’s ability to operate in unfamiliar settings.