In our newest video Corvex President and co-founder Ted Smith dives into what it really means to "connect" the worker in a modern work environment. Traditional management perspectives might consider digital tools distracting. But in reality they engage workers as part of digital transformation. In fact, many digital transformation efforts stall because the organization's most important asset - the worker - is ignored or at best, disempowered.
Listen as Ted explains the concept of a worker-powered environment enabled by technology. Connected workers an an invaluable component of leaner, higher quality, safer work environments.
Representatives from Corvex will be at the world's largest annual safety event, the NSC Congress & Expo October 20th - 26th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Corvex will be exhibiting at the NSC Expo from Monday, October 22nd - Wednesday, October 24th at Booth 3455.
The NSC Congress & Expo showcases safety products, educates with speakers and seminars and offers great networking opportunities for those in the safety industry with more than 14,000 attendees, exhibitors and speakers. The event is hosted by the National Safety Council, The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years. The NSC is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
We look forward to seeing you in Houston next week. Be sure to stop by Booth 3455 to learn more about the Corvex Connected Safety Platform.
Keeping Workers Safe in Real Time
The benefits of a connected workplace
Technology impacts our lives and connects us in more ways than we could have ever imagined, whether at home, at work or in our daily routines. We track our steps, measure our heart rates and monitor our sleep. Smartphone apps allow us to quickly find a ride service. We can download any bestseller onto our tablets in minutes. At home, we have smart devices that turn on our lights, give us messages or play favorite songs at the sound of our voices.
On a professional level, building a similarly connected workforce is a critical component of worker safety, particularly in the waste management industry where safety risks are often higher. The University of Illinois School of Public Health completed a study showing that workers in the recycling field are more than twice as likely to be injured on the job as the average worker. Reports also show that fatalities among waste management workers are also higher than other industries.
While many industries embrace a connected landscape, workplace safety is an area which has received less attention when it comes to a digital transformation. But Although many industries are also embracing a “connected” landscape, one area that has been slower to embrace this digital transformation is workplace safety. Although a connected, digital safety strategy often seems like a time-intensive endeavor, new technologies are improving site safety by offering real, measurable results in a much shorter time. In fact, the latest innovations in SMART personal protective equipment (PPE) offer options that can have tremendous impact. And in the field of waste management, technological advances which have had a positive effect on safety include GPS tracking and inspection systems as well as high-definition camera systems, with removable storage, that record data.
To read the rest of the article, visit Recycling Magazine here.
Corvex will be at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership: A Frost & Sullivan Executive Summit in San Diego from October 1-4, 2018.
Corvex founder Joe O'Brien will be presenting at the Summit on panel TT5: The Final Frontier – Digital Transformation of the Chemical, Material, & Food Industries. The panel will take place Tuesday, October 2 at 1:30PM and will feature discussion and exercises.
The theme of this year's summit is Leading and Winning in an Era of Unprecedented Change. Attendees will learn how to identify and capitalize on growth opportunities that are created by the digital transformation. As advocates for embracing the digital transformation in the safety industry, we are looking forward to meeting minds with leaders looking to innovate and thrive during in the current digital disruption.
Numerous speakers will deliver presentations and panel discussions on topics to help leaders stay agile as various aspects of their industry quickly evolve around them.
See the full agenda for the summit or download the 2018 brochure here.
We hope to see you at the Summit!
If you want to to stay up to date on the latest in workplace safety, here are twelve workplace safety influencers to follow on Twitter. We've curated this list based on the quality of their tweets, frequency and a subjective feeling of "yeah, these folks get it right."
Can you think of workplace safety influencers to add to our list? Comment below with their name and Twitter handle.
Companies are spending billions to digitize machines and gather data at what I consider to be an alarming rate. But what’s even more amazing to me is that these same organizations aren’t doing anything to support their most value asset – the workers. Every day in the U.S. millions of people do their jobs without the benefit of data. Data that, with IoT, is readily available.
Think about it. We can tell the second a machine is vibrating too much. Yet if a worker sees an opportunity to save a company millions - or reports a potentially dangerous situation that could cause injury or worse - their only options are to either find a piece of paper and write a note, or tell a manager who may or may not be interested in passing the information along. Billions of dollars are spent every year to train skilled workers - but we don’t let them use what they learn to communicate opportunities for productivity, quality and safety.
When I mention this, I sometimes get the response “Who cares – they’ll all be replaced by robots soon anyway?” What’s ironic is that the literal “king of robots”, Elon Musk, completely disagrees that technology will eventually replace people. He realized that would never happen when he decided to build cars, and you can find countless interviews with Musk on that very topic.
And what is a robot, anyway? It’s not a “human replacement.” It’s simply a data-driven task execution machine. It receives data, does things and transmits data. Skilled trade workers without data are also just “task execution machines”, but think about it - how powerful could your workforce be if everyone had the ability in real time to receive and transmit data as part of the IoT environment?
- Ted Smith, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Corvex. Connect with Ted on LinkedIn here.
With the relentless juggernaut of development of workplace technology across all industries, workers may be apprehensive about augmenting their own smarts with smart tech. IoT and AI are becoming increasingly more common as part of employees' daily lives, and the safety industry is no exception. The rise of smart PPE and systems like the Corvex platform that enable the entire team from management to workers to monitor and predict safety real-time are the future of workplace safety. We believe the more actively workers manage their own safety through the use of smart, connected devices, the more engaged they are and ultimately, the more satisfied they become with their work experience.
But Kelly Peters, a behavioral economics expert and CEO of management consulting firm BEworks, believes the primary challenge in moving into a future where workers have to share their smarts with smart technology will be in helping employees overcome resistance.
A new episode of the EHS Daily Advisor's EHS on Tap podcast featuring Corvex and PPE Partner Ergodyne went live today! In this episode, Joe O’Brien, Founder and Chairman of Corvex Connected Safety and Tom Votel, President and CEO of Ergodyne, discuss how digital transformation presents opportunities for environmental, health and safety safety innovations. In particular they focus on a connected safety system, where PPE products become "smart" when powered by a platform like the Corvex Connected Safety™ Platform that enables workers and management to gather and share useful, meaningful, real-time hazard information anywhere in the workplace.
Click here to listen to the latest EHS Daily Advisor podcast featuring Joe O'Brien and Tom Votel.
Corvex has recently partnered with BEworks, a leading management consulting firm, to increase safety accountability in the workplace. The two organizations have released an initial report entitled Leveraging Behavioral Economics and Technology to Reduce Workplace Incidents to define the benefits of using behavior-based methods to improve safety. The report also outlines new application features within the Corvex solution to optimize behavioral interventions and decrease workplace risks.
Safety is the one aspect of the work environment that has a direct impact on employees. For example, the United States Department of Labor estimates that one in ten workers are injured on construction sites each year. And other industries have similar numbers. This is the reason that worker engagement in safety measures is essential to maintaining a safe workplace. Unfortunately it’s not always enough to motivate them. When employees are engaged in the safety strategies of their workplace, they are more productive, help others, and are eager to provide feedback to improve safety efficiency. While connected safety strategies may be a new concept in the workplace, methods can be used to encourage your employees to embrace them to improve overall safety.