Jobsite Safety: Taking a Closer Look

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. It also reports that the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. The number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported by glass and glazing contractors in 2016 was higher than the national rate, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Safety News

Leak Doesn’t Deter Expansion at AGC Float Glass Plant

A leak occurred at the AGC Float Glass plant in Church Hill, Tenn., February 5 when workers were bringing the number two float line down for a rebiuld as part of the plant’s $40.6 million expansion.

The glass leaked into the designated leak area for such occurrences.

Local firefighters were called to the scene to make sure the leak was contained properly.

According to AGC human resources manager Tom Segelhorst, one person had a very minor “first-aid” injury.

“We didn’t expect the leak but we were prepared, and the incident was handled how it was supposed to be handled,” says Segelhorst.

Gary Murrell, director of Hawkins City EMS, spoke to the the Kingsport Times-News about the incident.

“There were several hundred tons of molten glass on fire in the furnace. The fire departments had to keep the containment wall cool where this furnace was located, and we had to spray it with water for several hours, or it was going to be detrimental to the plant. Something that hot can do a lot of damage,” he said.

AGC was removing the float line as part of its plan to add more than 100,000 additional square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in Hawkins County. The expansion is expected to bring 85 new jobs to the plant.

Machine Learning Can Help Companies Improve Jobsite Safety

Safety is a major priority on jobsites, yet many hazards go unnoticed. Machine learning can enhance safety monitoring through pictures, videos and audio recordings made on the site.

“A ton of videos and photos are captured on projects every day. There are 50 gigabytes of data for a typical project. Most of it ends up unused, or scattered across different systems and devices,” said Josh Kanner, founder and CEO of, during a webinar hosted by the company.

The software uses speech and image recognition to apply smart tags to potential hazards and compliance issues. It also lets the team integrate other data such ad BIM.

“The tagging engine will bring the safety issues to the attention of the appropriate person so that it can be fixed. All users in the company can have access to the data,” said Kanner.

Kanner emphasized that the machine learning software is not meant to replace anyone’s job.

“The program elevates the process. It drives behavior and reduces risk. You control what you do with the data and how to manage it internally,” he said.

“We’re not relying strictly on the machine learning. The human factor isn’t being taken out of it,” said Smith.

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