When we think of the construction industry, we normally don’t picture workers wearing Google Glass or Apple Watches. With the advancement of the technology, the industry can definitely benefit from wearable technology as devices are becoming more versatile. The construction process is a risky endeavor because of the high frequency of work-related injuries and fatalities. Adopting wearable technology has the potential for result-oriented data collection and analysis approach to provide real-time information to construction personnel.
What are the benefits of wearable technology for safety?
One of the technology’s primary functions is that it senses when a worker experiences, trip, a slip, or fall incident, and sends a real-time notification to the database while ensuring that trip, a slip, or fall incidents are reported immediately and every time and not just when there is a severe injury. Benefits don’t stop here.
- Saves the project managers several hours a week by providing instant information and location spotting.
- Enhances evacuation speed. Technology makes it possible to evacuate a large and busy site in a matter of minutes.
- Wearable technology also provides automatic headcount, making time and attendance checks simple.
- It helps in improving workers’ productivity by assisting the workers to be safer and comfortable which in turn helps them be more productive.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest technologies that can be adopted by the construction industry
If your new employer lacks skills, smart glasses can certainly help you train newer workers. They are also useful for communication, keeping you connected with your workers in real time. In order to boost precision, the smart glasses use augmented reality and help workers cut down on mistakes. They are easiest pieces of technology to invest money on.
Smart Clothing includes cooling vest, heated jackets, and self-charging work boots that can track user fatigue and provide lighting. Smart clothing ensures the worker comfort and also enhances the productivity. Reflective heated jackets can protect the workers from the freezing conditions with battery packs that can last for a full workday. On the other hand, cooling jackets are also available with either a fluid system that pumps cooling liquid through the vest or built-in fans so workers don’t become fatigued in the heat. These wearable technologies are ideal for workers who work under extreme conditions.
Sensors can be put on work belts, helmets, and even shoes. It compiles a tremendous volume of data on every aspect of your construction site and helps in tracking workers’ movements. The device can also track workers’ fatigue or alert you with slips and falls. They are sold at a very nominal price and help you by providing valuable insights that were unavailable about a decade ago.
It is imperative for construction companies to evolve with the industry in order to remain relevant which means it is important to invest in new tools, technologies, and software programs. To know more about the current industry update, stay logged into A F Alber.