It took no time at all for Pokemon Go to become one of the most popular apps in recent memory, with more than 7.5 million users downloading the game in its first six days. However, in her EHS Today blog Stefanie Valentic explains the safety hazards associated with playing the game that can apply to both workers as well as pedestrians.
While playing the game, most people are oblivious to their surroundings which presents a major safety hazard for anyone that dare plays while at a work zone:
Interactive games could make the job site more dangerous if employees are using GPS tracking to explore unfamiliar areas and are not paying attention to their surroundings or wearing the proper PPE. So, there need to be strict recommendations about where or if personal phone use on the job site or in the work zone even is permitted, especially if employees use augmented reality apps during breaks.