Microsoft and the University of Washington have
teamed up to determine the causes of traffic deaths. They're using video analyses
that rely on human evaluations and computer algorithms to figure out the
different variables contributing to crashes; these include driver behavior,
road infrastructure, and time of day.
The hope is that this information can be used to come up with targeted
methods for decreasing traffic deaths. For example, municipalities may
be able to better determine which intersections will benefit from a traffic
light or install a lane divider. They can spot patterns of driver behavior
and respond with public safety awareness campaigns or new traffic laws.
Can similar methods apply to work accidents?
This use of technology and data analytics may also prove helpful for workplace
environments, especially on sites with serious safety issues and a higher
risk of accidents. For example, in the
Bakken oilfields or at a large
construction site, how can we better predict when an accident will occur, and how can we
take the appropriate steps to minimize its chances?
Technology can give us the power to pinpoint the contributing factors of
accidents and help us develop more effective, targeted ways of mitigating
the risks. Employers may then be in a better position to understand when
accidents are likely to occur predominantly because of worker error versus
the positioning of various pieces of machinery, for example.
The more information that's collected about
accidents, the easier it is to also determine what happened during your specific
case. If you suffer a work accident, please
contact us, and we will dedicate ourselves to understanding exactly what happened
and what you're entitled to for fair compensation.