National Grid introduces AI to improve utility worker safety

National Grid in the US is deploying Urbint’s artificial intelligence-based Lens for Worker Safety that identifies potential hazards to workers in the field.

Urbint Lens for Worker Safety uses artificial intelligence to enable field operators to identify high-risk tasks and take specific actions to prevent serious injuries and fatalities. The solution connects data on worksites, schedules, historical incidents and environmental conditions, and identifies leading indicators of hazards to deliver a clear and actionable picture of safety risk across job sites.

National Grid is implementing the solution across its US service territory, which encompasses more than 20 million customers throughout New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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“We’re always looking for cutting edge ways to keep our communities and workers safe with technology,” said Lisa Lambert, chief technology and innovation officer at National Grid.

“Running safety programmes and performing smart, timely interventions across hundreds of worksites and thousands of workers is a monumental task for any utility. Urbint’s AI will give us a clearer picture of risk so we can be as targeted as possible in protecting our teams.”

Serious worker injuries and fatalities do not seem to have been meaningfully reduced in the last 14 years. With mounting challenges including extreme weather, ageing infrastructure, a changing workforce, increased construction activity and the pandemic, field risk is an ongoing concern.

“Field work can be dangerous, and unfortunately research shows that even the most experienced workers can only spot 45% of worksite hazards on their own. That means it’s up to utilities and other operators to protect workers from everything else,” adds Corey Capasso, founder and CEO of Urbint.

Urbint has received investment support from National Grid Partners, the utility’s venture capital arm.

National Grid has previously deployed Urbint’s AI-powered damage prevention technology to protect underground energy infrastructure from being struck by third party excavators.