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They may look like they belong in a fast-food drive-through, but wireless headsets are becoming more and more common on construction sites and other work-zones. Job-sites can be very loud and when messages are missed or misunderstood, safety risks go up and productivity goes down. That’s why, as technological innovations have advanced, wireless headsets have increasingly been seen as a solution to communication issues at work. In recognition of this growing trend, we’re breaking down how you can Optimize Your Worksite with Wireless Headsets!!
Miscommunication on the worksite is never good. According to Equipment World, communication breakdowns often interfere with productivity, “because you either have to stop what you’re doing to make sure you’re heard over the noise of your equipment, or stop to correct mistakes that happened during the communication breakdown,” leading to effort duplication and deadline drift. And there’s also the matter of worker safety. Communication failures are the biggest contributor to on-the-job accidents, a figure that becomes even more worrisome when in a work-zone surrounded by powerful and dangerous machinery.
Clearly, any advancements in jobsite communication are welcome news to laborers, especially Millennials who are needed in the workforce and who love new technology. Wireless headsets are one such innovation that have become an appealing and important tool in work-zones across the nation. Battery-powered, wireless headsets allow workers to clearly hear and respond to incoming messages while keeping their hands free to continue safely interacting with the environment around them. In fact, wireless headsets help improve safety in a number of ways:
- Wireless headsets help guarantee that workers can hear incoming messages, including safety tips and warnings, over the roar of heavy machinery.
- Improved communication provided by wireless headsets can also speed up reaction times, which can be the difference between life and death in an emergency.
- Wireless headsets avoid cords or belt-packs that could get dangerously caught throughout the worksite.
- Workers using wireless headsets are able to keep their hands free when communicating and can safely and capably respond to events occurring in their surroundings.
- Wireless headsets typically come equipped with hearing protection and noise-cancelling microphones, helping to make sure that laborers never have to choose between communication and protection from the eardrum-shattering noise of a construction site.
Wireless headsets are also beneficial to productivity. Without such devices, workers in a loud environment must rely on easily-misinterpreted hand-signals or completely shut down machinery to verbally communicate. With wireless headsets, laborers can talk without having to stop their work. And, depending on the device’s settings, multiple people may speak at once, eliminating the two-way radio issue of shutting down when more than one person attempts to communicate. Wireless headset channels should be secure and encrypted, so there’s no interference or eavesdropping.
Finally, wireless headsets are great for improving on-site training. With these devices, trainers and trainees can get on the worksite sooner because they don’t have to worry about not being able to clearly communicate safety instructions or warnings. Being able to accurately hear and ask questions helps the training process stay focused, efficient, and effective. After training, you can also configure headsets so that experienced workers are paired up with trainees, allowing for ongoing learning and knowledge sharing.
Advancements in communication technology are setting worksites up for improved safety, productivity, and training, and wireless headsets are leading the way!! We’d love to know what you think about them in the comments below. Do you use wireless headsets on the job? Would you like to see them implemented on your worksites??