A Sensor a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: How Digital Technology is Keeping Workers Safe

December 15, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Workplace injuries have long been a concern to employers, and many oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, and transportation companies have put traditional safety mechanisms in place. However, even though workplace accidents are an old issue and old solutions exist, the perfect formula for keeping workers safe has yet to be cracked. To address the plateau of workplace injuries, an array of startups is now tackling the worker safety problem via digital means. In this report, we examine existing digital worker safety solutions, highlight technological and acceptance obstacles they face, and assess whether these solutions truly address employers’ needs. We also outline action items for developers and end-users, so that together they can deliver on the common vision of an industrial – and safe – internet of things.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    <p>Workplace injuries have long been a concern to employers, but traditional safety mechanisms fall short; digital solutions can boost safety, but face technological and acceptance obstacles.</p>
  • Analysis
    <p>Today&rsquo;s digital safety solutions partially answer employers&rsquo; needs, but there still exists a mismatch between how developers and employers view desirability, viability, and feasibility.</p>
  • Outlook
  • Appendix: Digital Worker Safety Solutions

Lead Analyst

Noa Ghersin


Isaac Brown
Kevin See, Ph.D.