If you need more proof of the importance of making sure that your crew members aren’t distracted by their digital devices while handling hazardous jobs, consider a recent survey showing that 26% of U.S. employees laboring in industrial settings reported that at least one incident had occurred in their workplaces because an employee was distracted by a smartphone.
The survey of 1,019 workers by Screen Education also revealed that 75% of the incidents caused by a digital distraction in industrial facilities led to property damage, and 50% of them resulted in injury or death.
One respondent even reported that a worker’s arm was crushed in a press because he was distracted by his cellphone.
(From the Sept. 21, 2020, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To download the current issue of the publication right now, please click here.)