With the IoT becoming more systemic in the manufacturing plant and the factory floor, manufacturing firms will have more workplace visibility than ever before  Being able to track every detail of the work environment will enable manufacturers to minimize accident rates in a significant way. Additionally, they will be able to accelerate emergency response rates and reduce expenditures on worker compensation and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) penalties as well. The following article cites a number of smart ways in which companies can put the IoT to work in creating a safer environment in the plant and on the floor.  

Improving worker safety in manufacturing with the internet of things (IoT) can impact a company’s bottom line, lessen financial loss, as well as increase workforce productivity and efficiency.

Workers in a manufacturing company have to deal with heavy-duty equipment and harmful chemicals exposures on a regular basis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries in the year 2017 alone. This statistic revealed the dark truth of the US alone. Imagine what the global count of worker injuries and deaths, especially including those in developing and underdeveloped countries. In addition to harming the workers, accidents in the workplace heavily affect a company’s profit margins. Firstly, regardless of whose fault it may be, if any accident happens, manufacturing companies are liable for worker’s compensation. Besides, the manufacturing companies have to consider and fix the damage caused to the interiors of the workplace, if any. Further, accidents may lead to a decline in workers’ enthusiasm to work, which will result in lower productivity. Also, the reputation of the company will be seriously affected.

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