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NSC releases research on how geofencing can enhance workplace safety

Technology can help reduce workplace incidents and fatalities

Posted May 13, 2024

Serious workplace incidents and fatalities continue to be a major issue. A new National Safety Council (NSC) white paper, released as part of its Work to Zero initiative, details the benefits of location geofencing technology aimed at mitigating these occurrences. It proposes that geofencing can significantly increase worker safety, particularly in high-risk environments like construction sites, manufacturing facilities, and utilities.

Geofencing technology creates virtual boundaries around specific areas, such as machine operating zones. When workers or equipment cross these boundaries, the system triggers alerts or actions such as disabling machinery, which helps prevent injuries and accidents. The system is usually used in conjunction with other safety measures, including proximity sensors and vehicle monitoring systems, to increase its effectiveness.

NSC’s Work to Zero initiative aims to reduce workplace fatalities through the use of technology.

This article was written by Carmen King of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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