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  • Swift Technical to offer drone technology to increase safety, efficiency and security in the energy sector

    07 November 2019

    Swift Technical, the services division of Airswift, a workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, has announced a partnership with Drone Pilot. Austin-based Drone Pilot provides both outsourced and insourced unmanned air, ground, and maritime robotics services to the oil and gas industry....

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  • Why two-way radios make the perfect safety device

    24 June 2019

    Intrinsically safe professional mobile radios not only provide highly efficient, instant group communications for industries working with hazardous materials, but also offer multiple safety applications for workers and added-value SCADA capabilities. In this article, Matthew Napier of Hytera Communications (UK) looks at the many benefits and capabilities of explosion-protected two-way radios.  ...

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  • Making personal environmental data usable – The Connected Worker platform

    31 May 2019

    In this article, Trevor Inglis of Wearable Technologies Ltd looks at how smart wearable sensors, and the ability to process the large amounts of data these sensors can generate, should have a significant role in improving occupational safety across a range of industries. He also outlines the solution his company has arrived at to make the Connected Worker a reality....

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  • Dust exposure - risks and personal protection technologies

    24 May 2019

    Dust exposure can be a major risk to the health of workers in almost any industry. Breathing in dust, such as coal dust, silica dust and other finely powdered materials, can damage the lungs and can lead to chronic lung diseases, such as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, or silicosis.  ...

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  • Using technology to segregate and signpost static hazards

    21 May 2019

    In this article, Gary Escott of SiteZone Safety discusses how RFID (Radio frequency identification) technology can protect personnel not just from collision with moving vehicles, but also static hazards....

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Industrial wearables and battery considerations 01 May 2019

Wearable technology has blossomed into a must-have accessory for consumers. However, wearables also present several opportunities for managing and improving processes in the industrial sector. Here, Neil Oliver of battery specialist Accutronics, part of Ultralife Corp., explains some of the key design considerations of batteries for the next generation of industrial wearables....

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Connected workers: bridging the gap between millennials and the ageing workforce 20 February 2019

The shifting demographic makeup of the global workforce is posing unprecedented challenges when it comes to catering for workers’ safety requirements, from the millennial generation’s digital needs (1) to the health concerns of increasing numbers of older workers (2). Gene Vena of Honeywell Industrial Safety discusses how connected safety technology can help bridge the gap between generations and improve safety for all. ...

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Case study: The challenges of personnel location in the Kashagan Field 20 February 2019

The Kashagan Field is a very large offshore oilfield located in Kazakhstan’s part of the North Caspian Sea where a number of artificial islands have been built as bases for hydrocarbon extraction. The largest of these is D-island, which is approximately 120,000 m2. Dr. Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID looks at some of the challenges of personnel location in this particularly hostile work environment and explains the solution arrived at to provide effect...

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Harnessing Industry 4.0 technology to improve staff safety 15 February 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, 151 workers have a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Manufacturers should place greater emphasis on the health and safety of their staff to reduce this figure and can invest in automation to help. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explores some technologies that can improve the safety of workers as Industry 4.0 becomes reality.  ...

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Surveillance technology in hazardous environments: a look at the future 14 February 2019

While the majority of industries keep safety and security as a core function of an operations department, there are a number of organisations, such as those in oil and gas exploration and production, critical infrastructure and manufacturing, where these two pillars are critical. This article by Simon Reed of Oncam looks at developing trends in security and surveillance and the critical role of video in hazardous environments. ...

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