April 29 2018
By: Terry L. Mathis
As we project how the fourth industrial revolution will impact industry and safety, two aspects seem especially encouraging to me:
- By almost all projections, technology will not replace humans as much as it will enhance them. Advanced communication methods, wearable technologies, smart PPE, and exoskeletons (to name a few) are all designed to enhance human performance. Even robots and drones don't replace workers since both require an operator. The work will simply be different, not totally replaced.
- The much overstated concerns about new generations coming into the workplace who grew up on computer games rather than farms and ranches may actually be a plus. These young workers will be significantly better robot and drone operators and will adapt to new wearables and communication media better than the generations before them.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.