Fall Detection Saves the Life of a Hiker
James Prudenciano reported that his Apple Watch saved his life after he fell off a cliff while hiking. The 28-year-old male from New Jersey, shared that he does not think that he would have lived to tell the story if it wasn’t for his device, detecting that he was in trouble. Prudenciano was hiking with Paige Paruso in Hartshorne Woods Park, New Jersey. It was after sunset and challenging to see when the two fell through some shrubs and slid down an extremely steep drop-off. Paruso fell first, but landed in a river below and did not suffer any severe injuries. Unfortunately, Prudenciano landed directly on a rock and suffered three fractures in his back. Fearing for his life, he said, “There was no way out of this for me. I literally said my last goodbyes.” Thankfully, Prudenciano’s Apple Watch’s fall detection detected a hard fall and impact and immediately called 9-1-1. Apple Watches are equipped with an automatic SOS feature that is sensitive to immediate motions and hard falls. Upon detection, the device asks the user if it should dial 9-1-1 and if the user is not responsive, the watch will automatically call and share the user’s location. Surprisingly enough, this is not the first instance where this feature has saved someone’s life. A few months ago, in Norway, an elderly man suffered a severe fall in his bathroom that left him unconscious. His Apple Watch called local emergency services after detecting a lack of motion and response.
The Benefits of Motion Sensors
Motion sensors such as fall detection are incorporated within a safety system do not rely on a user’s ability to call for help. They run on the theory that the nature of many emergencies end up disabling a user’s ability to signal that they are in danger. This notion that lone users could be unable to indicate that they are in trouble is very much a reality. In the case of the 67-year-old man in Norway, the fact that his fall knocked him unconscious made it impossible for him to call for help. In addition to losing consciousness, users may be unable to call for help if another person is threatening their safety, and discreetness is necessary. In an environment where hazardous gases are present, the time between when a worker senses the presence of poisonous gas and when they lose consciousness can be extremely short; a fast and reliable method of signaling for help would be advantageous here, as well. Motion sensors should be essential features of every safety solution. They are comprehensive in their coverage of a user’s safety in all situations – even the most unexpected scenarios.
SafetyLine Lone Worker Motion Features
The motion features put in place at SafetyLine provide users with an additional line of protection. Our motion features are designed to protect your workforce in any scenario. By leveraging the motion sensors already installed on your smartphone, users can gain access to an abundance of tools that add essential protection when they need it most. If something happens and a worker can’t manually indicate an emergency, our motion features will keep your workers covered.
Man-Down detection is triggered if a device has not moved for an extended period. This is often a result of an unconscious worker. Man-down detection is crucial. If one of your workers is unconscious, how will you know? This feature enables fast response times for workers who need it most.
Fall Detection is activated if the device senses a fall or impact that might be capable of injuring a worker. Depending on the severity of the fall, a worker may be unable to press a panic button or signal for help in any other way. The fall detection feature ensures that if a worker suffers an injury that results from a fall, support will be on the way.
Shake for emergency gives workers the ability to signal an emergency simply by shaking their device. This can be useful in several situations, specifically those where silence is essential. The shake for emergency feature is also useful when a worker is unable to type or call for whatever reason. If discreetness is necessary, SafetyLine’s panic button is helpful for quietly calling for help.
Motion features are critical when it comes to comprehensive safety coverage. Prudenciano’s hiking incident could have been fatal if it weren’t for his device’s fall protection. Situations like this that would otherwise be deadly can have a happy ending with motion sensors in place.