It is no secret that the Heavy Industries, Oil and Gas, Mining, Construction and Maritime industries are potentially the most hazardous sectors worldwide.
The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers’ annual safety report shows a startling rise in fatalities in 2021 and an overall total recordable injury rate of 0.77. This is 10% higher than in 2020.
The combination of powerful machinery, combustible substances, and high-pressure procedures can result in dangerous and even fatal situations. That is why organisations need to have the best industrial safety solutions in place and enable every worker to practise the recommended safety controls on their worksites.
As technological advances continue to shape the industrial sector, more companies recognise the need for better safety systems and are transitioning towards modern safety solutions. SOL-X is at the forefront of this movement by pioneering innovative IIoT technology designed for hazardous worksites – allowing businesses worldwide to boost their operational excellence while simultaneously ensuring worker health and security.
The Importance of Industrial Safety Solutions
Industrial safety is the term used to describe safety management procedures in the industrial sector. An industrial safety solution prevents potential mishaps on the worksite and helps to detect dangerous situations in a hazardous environment.
Certain factors can increase the chance of a worksite accident if an organisation has yet to employ industrial safety solutions. For instance, extreme noise or heat can cause workers to feel unwell and make mistakes. Other hazards include injuries due to over-exertion or malfunctioning equipment. An industrial safety solution is therefore a vital system to keep people, industrial equipment, and the environment safe.
How Oil and Gas and Maritime Companies Benefit from SOL-X Industrial Safety Solutions
SOL-X industrial safety solutions can benefit Oil and Gas, and Maritime companies through its innovative technologies.
Their integrated Control Of Work software ensures on-site compliance, and their Crew Protect system and SmartWatch tap on IIoT and AI technology to improve workers’ visibility and situational awareness. These solutions provide companies with advanced worksite management, increasing productivity and overall well-being. Here are how these solutions can further help businesses in hazardous industries.
Productivity is a result of safety. Workers can devote more time to their work output when they are not concerned about the safety and security of their workplace.
Through the SOL-X Control Of Work system, organisations can enhance operational productivity levels with alert notifications and real-time monitoring. For example, their smart worksite-connected platform and live dashboard provide a holistic overview of cumulative risk and high-risk work activities. This enables near real-time operational monitoring, allowing for faster response if safety is compromised.
By standardising best practices using SOL-X innovative technology, it can also improve fleetwide operational excellence, helping businesses save approximately 4,600+* man hours per vessel annually.
*Number is approximate and may differ depending on customer’s current practices. Based on data collected from customer usage of SOL-X.
Direct and indirect costs from accidents, such as hospitalisation and treatment costs, can be avoided and with insurance claims. All these are prevented with proper safety and control systems.
There are also hidden costs, such as slower production rates by other employees, downtime from the employee involved in the accident, and labour costs associated with cleaning. These can add up and should not be ignored by the organisation.
Organisations can reduce such costs by detecting potential pitfalls early using wearable technology to send crucial information and reminders about the working environment. For instance, the SOL-X SmartWatch tracks workers’ active heart rates. Companies can use such data to determine which employees require more assistance. These can improve well-being reporting and reduce accident rates, which can lead to higher costs if left unchecked.
03.Ensures Legal Compliance
Safety regulations have been created emphasising occupational health and safety. Breaking these rules can result in severe fines.
Companies can utilise the SOL-X Control Of Work system to avoid paying hefty fines to ensure legal compliance. This innovative technology facilitates Permits to Work using Smart Forms. The system also aligns with global standards used to protect human rights, working conditions, employee welfare, pay and compensation, and labour laws. Such critical steps help to enhance compliance assurance.
04.Improves Workplace Relations
A work environment that is safe and free from any accident promotes positive employee attitudes towards the company. SOL-X Crew Protect system provides the infrastructure for better workplace relations.
One example is how workers receive GeoFence notifications on the SOL-X SmartWatch. These are contextual alerts which inform workers of surrounding risks in the work environment. The wearable also has active sensors to capture worker insights and leading indicators. Companies can use such data to craft corporate wellness programs, health, and safety plans. These features also empower employees to take ownership of their well-being.
The Real-World Impact of SOL-X’s Technology
Global companies like Shell and Eaglestar have started to guard against different industrial safety hazards with SOL-X Industrial Safety Solutions. Eaglestar, headquartered in Malaysia, has deployed the SOL-X solutions for crew management across its fleet of over 67 vessels.
Global energy company Shell has also partnered with SOL-X in a successful trial of a breakthrough safety solution on an LNG tanker. The aim was to further enhance crew safety management practices. The ship’s staff were enthusiastic about the system’s functionality to meet their specific needs. Some highlighted system features include virtual barrier management and the ability to account for crew faster before the revlease of CO2 and during emergency drill mustering.
Promoting Global Worksite Safety with SOL-X
One catastrophic mistake can stop Heavy Industries, Oil and Gas, Mining, and Maritime operations. That is why our team of seasoned technologists, maritime, and safety experts continue to research and develop innovative SOL-X IIoT technology to improve operational excellence, promote a safety culture, and reduce potential risks on worksites.
With efficient industrial safety solutions, organisations can now engage in new and elevated standards of safety to promote a better workplace for industrial workers across the world.