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The Industries Adopting Body Worn Cameras: Is a bodycam right for you?

The Industries Adopting Body Worn Cameras: Is a bodycam right for you?
The Industries Adopting Body Worn Cameras: Is a bodycam right for you?

Body-worn cameras have signified a step-change in organisational health and safety, protection from threats and abuse, and the way businesses log and record incidents and occurrences that require further action.

As a protective asset that safeguards contractors and businesses from liability, delivers insights for follow-up risk assessments and evaluations, and as a tool that allows workplace supervisors to monitor aspects such as workplace PPE compliance, body-worn cameras are infinitely valuable.

In this article the Clearway team evaluates the breadth of applications for body-worn cameras and explores the industries that are already benefiting from this next-generation monitoring technology. What are the industries that are adopting body worn cameras and how have they benefited?

Highways Contractors

Insite Wearable Safety Devices

Highways workers operate in an environment with multiple severe risks – from non-compliant drivers approaching zones reserved for the work of operators to verbal abuse, dangerous driving and a lack of respect for traffic control measures.

In the rare but serious occurrences where collisions occur close to working zones, it may also be necessary for contractors to evidence the security and safety provisions in place, such as traffic control barriers and segmentation of pedestrian zones.

Professional contractors working on highway projects also wear body-worn cameras to trace processes, inform traffic control measures and record any disputes or accidents – while deterring reckless and abusive drivers from taking problematic action in response to the frustration of delays or long queues.

Construction Organisations

Construction Site Theft

As in highway work, construction contractors are often in a position of needing to protect public safety, work within areas that necessitate some aspect of controlled public access and yet need to safeguard workers from abuses and challenging behaviour.

Construction managers can utilise footage to track progress and observe health and safety compliance, monitor and record activities, and provide more detailed projections for project completion dates – while recording any issues encountered and being able to verify the steps taken by on-site colleagues and contractors.

In the world of construction, health and safety is a paramount concern. Introducing body-worn cameras can go a long way to automating site safety protocols, identifying the cause of near-misses, and as an educational tool for construction site safety training.

Security Service Providers

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Security guards are often faced with myriad threats, which might involve security risks, potential shop-lifting incidents, and escalating behaviours that they attempt to de-escalate and prevent from impacting the experiences of staff and visitors.

Guards, access control supervisors and mobile patrols commonly wear body-worn cameras to record their activities and interactions, verify that any steps taken are appropriate and proportionate, and as evidence of the anti-social or illegal behaviours that have prompted them to take action.

Another advantage is the pre-emptive nature of a security guard, patrol officer or enforcement agent who is on-site and wearing a visible body camera. Opportunist thieves and those known to display disruptive behaviour are significantly less likely to do so when they are aware that their actions are being recorded live through a body-worn camera.

Over 35% of frontline security professionals encounter abuse on a monthly basis, making deterrents and visible control measures an important protection both for the businesses or facilities they protect and for the individual worker.

Lone Working Environments

panic alarms for lone workers

Employees working in isolated conditions are at an elevated risk, where any interactions or dialogues that escalate into abuse, confrontation, aggression or conflict can be highly geared. It is often down to the worker’s capabilities to calm the scenario and establish a positive discussion to lead to a peaceful resolution.

Wearing a body-worn camera removes the liability from the individual to prove the steps taken to resolve a conflict. It can provide both audio and video footage that shows the actions taken in response to inappropriate behaviours or aggression.

Many businesses also use body-worn camera footage as a training opportunity, logging the best standard response to volatile situations or showing new staff how to use the technology they have been equipped with to summon help in an emergency.

Law Enforcement

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Body-worn cameras are used throughout law enforcement agencies and emergency response units as a way to collate evidence, record the actions taken by approved responders, and document the reasons that interactions with members of the public or participants in an incident have led to arrest, detention or other action.

Law enforcement personnel faced with untrue accusations can swiftly show they have acted in line with protocols and their authority, while footage can also be used for training and incident assessment processes and to show how officers behave when dealing with emergency scenarios and situations of crisis.

In many cases, police forces have shown that deploying body-worn cameras to their teams working in the communities has deterred or de-escalated violence, where members of the public are less reluctant to engage in criminal behaviours when they recognise they are being recorded live.

Healthcare Services

Clearway lone worker device

Healthcare may seem a less obvious setting for personnel to wear body-worn cameras. However, in an incredibly pressured sector dealing with emergency medicine and triage scenarios, this footage can be supportive, proactive and managerial. Senior support staff can view footage in real time, offering guidance and instructions for field staff.

When incidents occur that have severe outcomes, body-worn cameras can provide a link to evidence and time scales, ensuring staff who have acted in good faith or attempted to resolve injuries or incidents have the reassurance of a live-action record of the steps taken.

In other healthcare environments, body-worn cameras are there primarily for the protection of the workforce, particularly in places where verbal or physical abuse is prevalent – such as substance misuse centres or A&E facilities.

Transportation Businesses

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Finally, body-worn cameras are used throughout the transport sector, providing train conductors, taxi drivers, ridesharing drivers and other transport workers with the peace of mind that every shift is being monitored and overseen by senior staff members.

Incidents of violence or aggression are logged and swiftly actioned, issues, where lone workers are the target of abuse or intimidation can be recorded and shared with local law enforcement, and any false allegations of impropriety can be quickly resolved by referring to high-quality camera footage.

Are your staff protected from high risk situations? Clearway body worn cameras are an excellent liability safeguard and protect colleagues in public roles or potentially volatile sectors. Find out more about Clearway Bodycams here.

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