Protecting Frontline Workers in the Utilities Industry with Connected Safety

Episode 166

Protecting Frontline Workers in the Utilities Industry with Connected Safety

Editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Blackline Safety's Sean Stinson and NiSource's Prajwal Deshpande to discuss practical implementations of connected technology to enhance worker safety.

Today, everything and everyone is connected through some sort of technology. Your phone connects to your watch, which connects to your car, which connects to your at-home digital assistant which can then turn the lights on when you get home. It’s this convenience that most have come to be rather accustomed to over time — and it is even breaking into the way we think about occupational safety.

On this episode of the podcast, Editor Sydny Shepard interviews one of the leaders in connected safety, Sean Stinson, the Chief Growth Officer at Blackline Safety to talk with me more about what connected safety means and how it can benefit the industry.

But that’s not all, we also have with us Prajwal Deshpande, the Director of Safety Technology at NiSource. Praj is working with Sean and the Blackline Safety team to implement technology to improve safety at his company. Hearing Praj’s practical implementation of technology is definitely something you won’t want to miss out on.

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A special thank you to Blackline Safety.

Blackline Safety is a technology leader driving innovation in the industrial workforce through IoT. With connected safety devices and predictive analytics, Blackline enables companies to drive towards zero safety incidents and improved operational performance. Blackline provides wearable devices, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and enhance overall productivity for organizations with coverage in more than 100 countries. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, Blackline provides a lifeline to tens of thousands of people, having reported over 185 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency alerts.

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the former editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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