Why PIN and keypads are a disaster on job sites

Technology is quickly being adopted on construction sites, whether to increase productivity or improve safety. The latest advancements have centred around the safety of construction machinery and equipment. Examples include laser and camera-based systems for exclusion zones and automatic disablement in perceived risk scenarios like potential crushing events.

When considering the use of a new system, safety managers should assess its merits based on realistic safety outcomes, rather than ideal scenarios,.

In the case of keypad based operator restriction systems, there are some critical flaws that must be taken into account.

Human behaviour negates the usefulness of pin codes

Construction sites are busy environments with pressure from the builders, subcontractors managers and trades to be productive and efficient. Understandably, operators follow the path of least resistance when it comes to using technology. It’s extremely common for pin codes to be shared amongst many people.Pin code based operator restriction systems are also usually very simple without any secondard safety feature.

Why smartphone-based, iButton or RFID systems are the way to go

Ultimately the smartphone-based login method to a machine is the best way to manage assets because:

  • an operator is only able to login to one machine at a time,
  • their qualifications can be used to restrict machine operation, and;
  • there is no question about who logged into the machine, operators can’t share login details.

The next best options are iButtons and RFID cards as each operator is given their own pass to use an asset. Additionally, if using Teletrack, qualification restrictions can be loaded into the machine.

The next time you’re trying to improve safety in the workplace, make sure you’re considering all the factors, including human behaviour. 

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This article was written by AS Digital – a full-service marketing agency.