How Wireless Communication Can Boost Work at Height Productivity and Safety

How Wireless Communication Can Boost Work at Height Productivity and Safety

27th August 2019

In circumstances where a team member has to work at height and communicate with ground staff at the same time, choosing the right communication system is crucial. Walkie-talkies have been used by industries for decades, but they may be unsafe, especially if team members have to communicate while climbing external access ladders, for example.

Luckily, modern technologies, such as wireless communication, enable seamless communication on the job site, enhances safety in the workplace and ultimately boosts productivity.

If you wonder why to invest in such a system, just consider the gap in logic when you try to complete a project while relying on yelling, hand signals or handheld radios. Not only can this jeopardise communication between personnel; it can endanger employees working at height.

Modern wireless communication improves productivity and enhances safety in the following ways.

1. More Control on the Job site

The main advantage of wireless communication is that it eliminates the need for hand signals, so your staff can work in safer conditions.

You can deliver clear instructions while craftspeople can ask questions and receive immediate answers without stopping work or compromising their safety.

As a result there will be fewer mistakes, higher job quality, but also fewer hazards.

Wireless communication can enhance the workplace control level, boost team productivity and your overall business success.

2. Fewer Work Stoppages

If you want your business to thrive, you have to boost productivity. A way to do this is by improving communication.

Wireless systems allow employees to talk to one another without interrupting work, resulting in fewer unproductive hours.

Indeed, these systems allow equipment operators to hear and execute instructions without shutting down the equipment; team members whose work must be done in tandem can communicate from a distance without chasing one another on the job site.

If you want to alter work plans, you can be confident that all team members have received and clearly heard the new instructions.

3. Improved Situational Awareness

High noise levels are not uncommon on a job site. But having your staff wearing noise reduction earmuffs in potentially dangerous situations, such as working on a rooftop, increases the risks even more by reducing situational awareness.

Wireless communication headsets not only allow workers to hear instructions clearly without lifting up the earmuffs, but the listen-through technology also prevents them from feeling closed-off from the surroundings, improving situational awareness and reducing risks.

4. Keeps Workers’ Hands Free

Two-way radio systems are cumbersome, especially if you have to communicate while working. Such a system not only keeps one hand occupied but also determines workers to direct their attention to the device.

With only one free hand, operating devices or carrying on with work can be either inefficient or unsafe, so your workers will have to stop.

However, a wireless headset lets workers keep both hands free, increasing their productivity and mobility.

Furthermore, workers can also effectively communicate with the ground team in situations where using two-way radios – such as climbing access ladders – is unsafe.

5. Reduced Risk of Accidents

The combination of enhanced communication and safety reduces the risk of potentially catastrophic accidents.

These accidents would cause full work stoppages and draw investigations; as a business owner, you’re also liable for job site safety, so ensuring that your teams can communicate properly should be one of your main priorities.