This May Be a Cry for Help: Detecting Worker Accidents with Audio Classification

The dangerous workplaces of the early industrial revolution are a distant memory, with strong safety measures now in place to protect workers. And while these measures have made great strides in improving safety, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Each year there are 340 million work-related accidents worldwide — leading to 2.3 million deaths — according to the International Labor Organization. Many of these accidents take place either because a situation occurs that a machine safety system is unable to detect, or in the heat of the moment a worker is unable to activate a manual safety mechanism. In particular, safety systems and procedures have difficulty in dealing with slips and falls, falling objects, chemical burns, and workers being caught in moving machine parts.

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