Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is a critical aspect of any industry, as it aims to protect the health, safety, and well-being of employees within a workplace. According to the UN Global Compact, around 2.78 million workers die each year from occupational accidents and work-related diseases.
Further, an additional 374 million workers suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents. This data equates to 7,500 people dying every single day due to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. Therefore, implementing effective OHS measures is essential for preventing accidents, injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in industrial settings.
However, manual or even CCTV-based surveillance of workplaces is insufficient to monitor and abide workforce for ensuring OHS practices especially due to the critical nature of the sites. Industries such as construction, mining, manufacturing, oil, and gas possess unique occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges due to their dynamic and hazardous nature.
viAct with its proprietary scenario-based AI-powered video analytics solution plays a crucial role in fostering occupational health and safety in critical industries by identifying and mitigating potential risks, ensuring compliance with safety regulations, and creating a proactive OHS culture. From its very inception in 2016, viAct has been continually striving to offer video analytics-powered solutions for various industries to help them enhance their safety performance.
The core of viAct’s pioneering approach to workplace safety lies in its utilization of cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence algorithms, carefully developed and meticulously trained, to scrutinize and decipher the vast reservoirs of visual data emanating from contemporary workplaces to derive actionable insights. In doing so, viAct transcends the conventional confines of traditional safety protocols, ushering in a paradigm shift in the realm of occupational health and safety.
The etymology of viAct, (where ‘vi’ stands for ‘vision’ and ‘Act’ stands for ‘action’) elucidates its core modus operandi. Through the thoughtful use of advanced computer vision and machine learning algorithms, viAct deftly interprets the myriad visual cues encountered in workplaces, distilling them into actionable insights that have the potential to mitigate risks, prevent accidents, and engender an environment of profound well-being for the labor force. It acts like a vigilant guardian, always watchful and incredibly accurate in its monitoring, making sure that the workplaces are well-protected.
viAct’s video analytics platform brings state-of-the-art AI technology specially designed considering various critical scenarios in the following industrial job sites.
Video Analytics Preventing Fall from Height at Construction Sites
Construction job sites present a multitude of dynamic and risky tasks that make them prone to occupational health and safety issues. In fact, the construction industry has been traditionally remarked as “one of the most dangerous industries” owing to the risky nature of the work involved.
Amongst all, fall from height (FFH) is the biggest OHS challenge for the industry. In fact, researchers have shown that falls are the second most prevalent cause of injury-related workplace death. Working at elevated positions on scaffolding, roofs, ladders, aerial lifts or gondolas can lead to serious injuries or fatalities like blunt traumas if proper fall protection measures aren’t in place.
viAct’s AI-powered video surveillance system(VSS) detects safety non-compliances while working at height such as not wearing proper PPE, workers climbing heights without life safety ropes, and/or workers using improper means to reach heights such as forklifts or excavators, and so on.
These insights are also recorded in viAct’s intuitive dashboard for record and trend analysis. Apart from this, alerts on slips, trips, and almost falls are also generated for instant action through local alarms. Furthermore, the AI-powered cameras also efficiently detect and alert missing barricades in the high-rise works so that stakeholders can take insightful actions and prevent any FFH instance related to missing barricades.
Thus, viAct’s video analytics solutions not only enhance fall prevention but also assist in compliance monitoring, safety training, and overall improvement of occupational safety during the modern-day construction of high-rise buildings, where working at heights is a common practice.
Video Analytics Ensuring Safer Confined Space Work at Mining Sites
Confined space OHS issues in mines are particularly challenging due to the unique characteristics and risks associated with underground and enclosed environments. As per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a confined space has limited means of entry and/or exit, is large enough for a worker to enter it, and is not intended for regular/continuous occupancy.
Mines often have confined spaces such as tunnels, shafts, and chambers, and these areas present a range of hazards such as oxygen deficiency, toxic atmosphere, high temperature, dark working areas, and the like. As a result, the confined spaces must be carefully managed.
viAct’s smart site safety system (SSSS or 4S) powered by video analytics helps to monitor worker movement through confined spaces by keeping an automated track of worker entry and exit. Also, viAct’s video analytics solution when powered with edge AI helps to detect toxic gases, lack of oxygen, or entrapment so as to send real-time alerts to workers as well as supervisors outside the mines about the risky situation for proactive actions.
viAct’s AI video analytics also helps to maintain historical records of confined space entries, monitoring compliance with safety protocols and identifying patterns that help to refine safety procedures. viAct’s video analytics-powered solutions help save 70% of the time and 90% of the budget on inspection that too in a manner that is way more efficient than manual monitoring.
Thus, the video analytics solution for the mining industry by viAct significantly enhances confined space safety by automating hazard detection and facilitating proactive measures to safeguard workers’ well-being in order to delve into an AI-automated safety culture.
Video Analytics Mitigating Forklift Accidents at Manufacturing Units
Forklift accidents in manufacturing environments pose a significant risk to both safety and productivity. According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), roughly 34,900 serious injuries and 85 fatal accidents every year are caused due to forklift accidents.
Some of the common forklift-related accidents in the manufacturing industry include forklift rollovers, falling loads, crushed/ hit by forklifts, and others. These accidents often result from factors such as operator error, inadequate training, impaired visibility, or the presence of pedestrians in forklift operating areas. The consequences can range from minor injuries to severe incidents causing fatalities and damage to goods and equipment.
viAct’s video analytics system for manufacturing units caters to the multi-dimensional safety and productivity issues prevailing in the industry for a long. It exclusively caters to the safety of forklift operations by employing smart AI to detect unsafe behaviors such as overloaded/ over height/Overspeed forklifts, sudden stops, erratic maneuvers, or pedestrian presence in restricted zones during the forklift operation.
When a potential accident risk is identified, the system triggers immediate alerts to both the forklift operator and supervisors. Additionally, viAct’s AI video analytics can maintain records of near-miss incidents, enabling stakeholders to aid in the analysis of root causes and the implementation of preventive measures. The stakeholders can also obtain the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) for their job sites or can use the recorded insights for workers’ training and/or to deal with legal suits.
Thus, by leveraging the power of AI-powered industrial-grade video analytics, viAct helps significantly reduce the likelihood of forklift accidents, through real-time monitoring of the manufacturing plants and allows manufacturing workplaces to upscale the efficiency of processes and lock the health & safety of the workers that in an effortless and error-free manner.
Video Analytics Detecting Fire &Smoke in Oil &Gas Refineries
Fire and smoke hazards in the oil and gas industry present formidable OHS challenges. With highly flammable materials, volatile gases, and intricate machinery, the risk of fires and explosions is ever-present in the oil and gas industry.
When such incidents occur, they can lead to catastrophic consequences, including injuries, fatalities, environmental damage, and significant financial losses. Furthermore, the smoke generated during these incidents can introduce respiratory hazards and hinder evacuation efforts.
Catering to the needs of the industry, viAct brings an exclusive AI-powered video analytics solutions for oil and gas refineries which can identify the characteristic visual cues of fire and smoke, such as flames, smoke plumes, or changes in temperature and light patterns.
When a potential fire or smoke hazard is detected in real time, AI triggers immediate alerts to safety personnel, enabling swift response and evacuation, if necessary. Moreover, viAct’s video analytics platform can distinguish between genuine threats and false alarms, reducing response times and minimizing disruptions.
Thus, by providing early and accurate detection, viAct helps in reducing fires and explosions by 95%, enhancing fire and smoke safety measures, helping to mitigate risks, protecting lives, and safeguarding valuable assets not only in the refinery environments but also the nearby localities.
How Are viAct’s Video Analytics Powered Safety SolutionsABoon to Risky Workplaces?
viAct’s Video Analytics powered Safety Solutions are a revolutionary for critical workplaces. These smart solutions leveraging AI video analytics offer myriad of benefits to not just elevate the safety performance in these critical jobsites but also to enhance efficiency.
One of key benefits of viAct lies in the fact that viAct’s smart safety solutions are meticulously tailored for various industrial applications, to ensure that the safety protocols are met with an impressive efficacy rate of above 90%.
These video analytics powered safety solutions are designed to address specific risk factors, such as hazardous machinery operation or unsafe worker behavior, thus, effectively mitigating potential accidents.
Moreover, viAct’s easy plug and play facility and seamless integration with existing CCTV cameras through the RTSP link simplifies the transition to advanced safety measures, enabling real-time monitoring and intervention. This smart technology not only reduces workplace risks but also provides a cost-effective and user-friendly solution for industries seeking to prioritize safety in their operations.
The importance of creating safe and secure work environment cannot be overstated. It not only ensures the well-being of the workforce, but also contributes to increased productivity, reduced operational costs, and enhanced corporate reputation. viAct’s video analytics solutions addresses these critical aspects comprehensively, empowering organizations across various industries to prioritize safety like never before.
viAct’s AI-powered video analytics solution emerges as a beacon of innovation in the realm of occupational health and safety. By leveraging the power of AI, viAct empowers workplaces to proactively identify and address potential hazards, creating safer and more secure workplaces.
The smart technology not only streamlines safety protocols but also has the potential to save lives and reduce accidents. By harnessing the capabilities of AI, viAct enables real-time monitoring of workplace activities, identifying potential hazards and risks before they escalate into accidents. This predictive approach allows businesses to take immediate corrective actions, ultimately saving lives and minimizing the economic impact of workplace incidents.
Moreover, viAct’s video analytics solution goes beyond mere incident detection. It offers valuable insights and data-driven analytics, allowing organizations to optimize their safety protocols, allocate resources efficiently, and continuously improve their occupational health and safety.
Furthermore, viAct’s user-friendly interface and seamless integration with existing security systems make it accessible and adaptable for businesses of all sizes and industries. This versatility ensures that viAct’svideo analytics solutions can be implemented across various sectors, from manufacturing and construction to oil & gas and mining, promoting safety in diverse work environments.
As we move forward into an era where technology plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives, viAct’s AIpowered video analytics solutions stand as a testament to the transformative power of innovation in the realm of occupational health and safety. It represents a significant step towards a future where workplaces are not just spaces of productivity but also sanctuaries of well-being.
Thus, viAct’s commitment to leveraging AI for occupational health and safety is a testament to its dedication to making workplaces safer, more efficient, and ultimately more sustainable. As businesses continue to prioritize the welfare of their workforce and the optimization of their operations, viAct’s video analytics solution stands as a beacon of progress in this vital endeavor.
As we move forward, it is clear that viAct’s commitment to enhancing workplace safety through its cutting-edge video analytics solutions is a promising step towards a future where occupational hazards are minimized, and workers can perform their duties with peace of mind.