Worker safety is a critical global concern, with millions of people suffering from work-related injuries or illnesses each year. To address this issue, the International Labour Organisation has emphasised the need for stronger occupational safety and health systems worldwide.
With the rapid advancements in technology and the rise of mobile workers, new solutions are emerging to enhance worker safety. This blog explores the potential of push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) technologies in revolutionising worker safety and improving compliance with occupational safety and health policies.
The shift in work dynamics
Technology trends have transformed the way we work, and mobile devices have become ubiquitous across the globe. The International Data Corporation reports that mobile workers now account for over a third of the global workforce, with estimates suggesting that up to 60% of the US workforce will be mobile workers by 2024.
These workers, categorised as either knowledge workers or frontline workers, face different safety risks. Frontline workers, especially those operating in challenging or dangerous environments, are particularly vulnerable.
Lone workers and safety challenges
In the United Kingdom alone, over five million employees work alone for at least part of their day. The safety of lone workers has gained increased attention due to stronger enforcement of legislation and a rise in corporate manslaughter prosecutions.
Lone workers face various risks, including violence in the workplace, mental health challenges, medical suitability, and isolated or rural workplaces. These risks highlight the urgent need for effective safety measures to protect lone workers.
Expanding coverage and mobile networks
The expansion of mobile network infrastructure has significantly improved coverage worldwide. Over the past decade, the coverage gap has decreased from a third of the global population to just six percent, and 5G networks are projected to cover a third of the world’s population by 2025.
This expansion provides an opportunity for employers to leverage new mobile technologies to monitor and manage the safety of their workers in the field.
Push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) as a game-changing solution
Push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) technology has emerged as a game-changing alternative to legacy radio systems for critical communications. With the availability of 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G networks, most workers can access mobile networks worldwide.
PTToC technology enables employers, both in the public and private sectors, to ensure the safety of their workers by leveraging the power of mobile networks. PTToC offers robust, reliable, and cost-effective communication solutions, particularly beneficial for lone workers who require additional safety features.
Real-world applications and success stories
The adoption of PTToC technology is gaining momentum worldwide. Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK has already transitioned from legacy radio systems to PTToC for critical communications, aiming to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity. Emergency services, such as the police and fire departments, are also conducting trials with PTToC technologies.
In the United States, Mobile Tornado, a leading provider of PTToC solutions, has partnered with Stolz Telecom to enhance critical communications for frontline workers in the public safety sector. Latin America, with its large presence of private security organisations and lone workers, is also witnessing the expansion of PTToC technology.
Enhancing safety with PTToC features
PTToC technology offers a range of features to enhance safety for mobile workers. Control rooms can utilise browser-based dispatch consoles to instantly communicate with lone workers and groups in the field. Live location monitoring, historic location tracking, and reporting through interactive maps provide valuable insights for managers. PTToC systems enable the creation of geo-fences, triggering notifications and reports when workers enter or leave specific areas.
Additionally, features like emergency alerts, activity monitoring, and impact detection offer an extra layer of protection. The upcoming developments in PTToC technology will introduce automatic or manual check-in mechanisms, ensuring the safety of lone workers.
The future of worker safety
Push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) technologies are transforming critical communications and have the potential to safeguard the occupational safety and health of mobile workers. By leveraging the global growth of mobile networks and addressing the specific safety needs of lone workers, PTToC solutions empower organisations to comply with new policies and prioritise worker safety.
With its ability to enhance response times, improve decision-making, and boost productivity, PTToC technology is revolutionising worker safety across industries worldwide.
Worker safety is a fundamental principle and right that all employers must prioritise. With the rise of mobile workers and advancements in technology, push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) technologies are playing a pivotal role in improving worker safety globally. By harnessing the power of mobile networks and offering robust features for lone workers, PTToC solutions provide an effective and cost-efficient alternative to legacy radio systems.
The future of worker safety lies in the seamless integration of PTToC technologies, enabling organisations to protect their workforce and ensure compliance with occupational safety and health standards.