Health & Safety

Visual AI: Revolutionizing HSE Investment for Unprecedented Impact

AIRED ON: July 20, 2023

Webinar Summary

Each year, a staggering 340 million occupational accidents occur, imposing an incredible financial burden of over $175 billion on organizations, as reported by the National Safety Council. Despite traditional methods of tackling workplace incidents, including trips, slips, falls, and near misses, the reduction in injuries remains disappointingly low. However, with visual AI technology, a proactive approach to predicting incidents can augment existing policies, training programs, and physical intervention measures.

Beyond preventing injuries and loss of life, HSE investments pay impressive dividends. CFOs report that $1 invested in injury prevention returns $2 or more. Given the cost of injuries, savings from prevention can add up quick.

  • Direct cost of an average injury is $42,000.
  • Indirect costs of accident range is 2-10X direct cost, or $80.000-$420,00.
  • Loss of life cost companies $1M+ on average.
  • Brand impact with accidents affecting worker retention, worker acquisition, and moral.


SparkCognition’s Visual AI Advisor (VAIA) uses an organization’s existing cameras to analyze video feeds in real-time, identifying everything from a near miss and a man down to a trip hazard or unexpected spark. Benefits of Visual AI for HSE include:

  • Proactive Incident Prevention: Visual AI can identify potential hazards, near misses, and unsafe conditions before accidents occur.
  • Enhanced Safety Compliance: By monitoring work areas and operations, visual AI can ensure compliance with safety regulations, standards, and protocols.
  • Provide Real-Time Notification: Ensure key stakeholders are alerted when an incident occurs, providing them with actionable details including date, time, location, and a visual snippet.
  • Augment Existing Best Practices: Visual AI works 24/7 and can observe 100s of video feeds and 1000s of frames per second to supplement existing HSE measures and personnel.

About the Speakers

Jon Haslanger

Jon Haslanger is a technologist, innovator and leader with a passion for using AI to solve critical business problems. With 15+ years safely leading teams in high risk industries, he is well acquainted with the challenges and importance of managing workplace safety. Jon's experience with applied data science and machine learning allows him to leverage expertise, quickly unlock benefits for companies from their AI investments. At SparkCognition as a solutions architect he serves as an advisor to manufacturing, industrial and energy companies, helping solve critical challenges by deploying artificial intelligence solutions, delivering improvements in safety, quality and efficiency. Prior to joining Sparkcognition, Jon worked at Schlumberger in several key positions across America, Europe and Asia. Jon holds a BSME from Johns Hopkins and an MSBA from NYU.

Stephen Gold

Stephen Gold is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) bringing over 30 years of experience, including B2B application software development, AI and data science, and IoT services. He previously was the General Manager of Honeywell’s $2.5B Connected enterprise, where he led the digital transformation and IoT advancement of this century-old $40B manufacturer. As Group CMO of IBM Watson, Gold was one of the principal business architects who delivered next-generation AI technology, driving over 10,000 engagements. Prior positions included CCO of HZO, CMO of SPSS, President of Aberdeen Group, and President & CEO of Azerity. Gold has also served on various private and public boards, and has been featured on various media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Today Show, and Fox News.

Watch on Demand

In Visual AI: Revolutionizing HSE Investment for Unprecedented Impact you’ll learn more about Visual AI Advisor from SparkCognition’s Jon Haslanger and Stephen Gold. Come experience this proven technology with a network of over 130,000 cameras under contract in over 16 countries. Hear from the expert’s real-world success stories on how visual Ai is transforming HSE and preventing workplace incidents.

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