Technology, the new ally to increase work safety
Ferrovial Services is leveraging new technologies to make work zones safer and protect workers from harm. The introduction of robotics, automatic signal deployment and virtual reality to the workplace has resulted in a notable reduction in the rate of lost-time accidents and is providing progress towards the company's goal of zero accidents at work.
Drones have become an essential surveillance tool for Ferrovial Services. In Australia and New Zealand, Broadspectrum is using drones fit with high resolution cameras to inspect the condition of towers and transmission lines; to facilitate the removal of dropped object hazards from on-shore gas plants; and to perform internal inspections of assets – enabling safer and more efficient inspections.
Ferrovial Services is eliminating tasks that require workers to be physically present on roads or railway tracks, situations that are inherently dangerous. The automation of certain processes, such as the deployment of signage and cones on roads, or railway track repairs, means it is no longer necessary for workers to place themselves in high-risk situations.
Virtual reality is assisting Ferrovial Services to raise awareness among workers of on-the-job risks. By simulating potential hazards on roads or railways, and by experiencing what it feels like to drive when they are fatigued, workers are taking part in active safety education.
Watch Richard Butterfield, Head of Innovation at Ferrovial Services, speak about the safety mechanisms currently in place at Ferrovial Services.