By Tom Apuzzo, Senior Risk Consultant, Hays Companies
Robots seem to be popping up everywhere.
The robot Roomba vacuum self-docks after cleaning floors. Amazon has 45,000 robots working in its warehouses, which means that Amazon uses less manual labor to ship packages. And don’t forget, drones will soon be delivering packages. Robots help reduce errors, increase efficiency, lower injury rates, and don’t take any sick days. A lot of positive attributes from a risk and safety perspective.
Changes in operations create new risks. As we see an increase of robot use, we also see a focus on safe robotic operations. Robots bring forth a new world of issues, and as robots progress and continue to be implemented in the workplace, companies are evaluating environment and situational risks.
Robots are already present and making an impact at warehouses, farms, laboratories and factories. Employers are solving problems using robots in high-turnover or high-risk jobs. The future is now.