Structural safety and technological innovation

In 2015, new innovative safety projects were launched, including:

  • Virtual Reality 3D Simulator for Health and Safety Training”, aimed at applying virtual reality to Health & Safety training and raising worker awareness on responsible and safe behaviours through learning from mistakes;
  • Intrinsic Safety” project focused on the design and analysis of existing machinery and new technologies in order to reduce people’s exposure to risk in the workplace and/or during work activities;
  • Virtual Check Point Contractors” is a smartdevice application to support the process of inspections on contractor work force and the means with which they execute works at operational sites. Through ID badges provided to contractor employees it is possible to verify if the people present in the operating units are actually those communicated by the contractor, and, in particular, if they possess the proper work profiles for the execution of the assigned activities.

Pilot activities envisaging the use of drones for inspections in chimney stacks, boilers and conduits, in power plants have been launched with the scope of preventing the risks associated with the direct access of workers to these locations.

In Spain, the APP5RO application for smartphones and tablets was implemented, requiring to photographically document the correct application of the procedural steps associated with electrical works, and a particular sensor has been tested which is placed on safety helmets and can sense the presence of voltage (MV) before entering the danger zone. In 2015, the “New Hybrid Portable Ladder” project, which led to the development of a new technology for ladders in both technical and safety terms providing both comfort and electrical protection, was concluded in Romania. In addition, a particular system was developed for anchoring the ladder to a pole and the worker to the ladder. For some years now, a plan to improve the standards of the company vehicle fleet has been in place, that has seen the adoption of new systems and devices to support safety, including black boxes able to provide assistance and support to drivers both while driving and in emergency situations.