It’s time to make data personal

15 May 2024


Industry 5.0: Building a Safer Future, One Personalised Data Point at a Time

The built environment sector is on the cusp of a revolution. Industry 5.0, with its emphasis on human-centric design and hyper-personalisation of data, offers a transformative approach to safety performance. It’s time to move beyond outdated metrics like AFR (accident frequency rate) and IFR (incident frequency rate). These statistics often hold little meaning for those on the ground, and worse, they can be manipulated to create a false sense of security.

The Peril of Generalities

Imagine a doctor treating an illness with a one-size-fits-all approach. Just as ineffective, is relying on generic safety metrics in the complex world of construction and facility management. AFRs and IFRs paint a broad picture, often obscuring the specific details that can prevent future incidents.

Industry 5.0: A Data-Driven Revolution

Industry 5.0 empowers us to leverage the vast wealth of data at our fingertips. Imagine a future where safety data becomes as personal as the latest cancer treatments. By analysing granular details—detailed personal safety performance, near misses, equipment readings, environmental factors, even worker fatigue levels—we can identify patterns and predict potential hazards before they occur.

Making Data Personal: A Paradigm Shift

This shift requires a cultural change. Data shouldn’t be a burden or a tool for blame. Instead, it should be seen as a valuable resource for continuous improvement. By fostering open communication and focusing on proactive solutions, we can create a culture of safety ownership at every level.

The benefits of personalisation

Personalised data analysis offers a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Targeted interventions: Resources can be allocated efficiently to address specific safety risks.
  • Predictive maintenance: By identifying equipment anomalies, we can prevent accidents before they happen.
  • Improved training: Personalised data can highlight areas where workers need additional safety training.

Building a Safer Future, Together

Industry 5.0 presents a unique opportunity to revolutionise safety in the built environment. By embracing personalised data analysis, we can move beyond lagging indicators like AFRs and IFRs. Let’s build a future where every worker has the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe every single day.