Most people would agree that one of the most dangerous occupations in the world is being a construction worker. We can’t blame them– the construction site isn’t really a safe place at all; there’s always the risk that accidents will happen any time soon. Fortunately, with technology, what used to be unpredictable and life-threatening, is something that can be avoided nowadays.
Smart PPE, IoT Technology, smart traffic signs, wearables, and the list goes on. These are just some of the remarkable innovations that don’t only improve overall efficiency in the job site but also help in ensuring the safety of workers as well.
To give you a better idea, here are some of the most amazing technologies that mane the work zone safer.
1. Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality. You probably first encountered this in video games, but it’s slowly being part of the construction industry. As a matter of fact, more and more construction companies are beginning to integrate this into their construction projects.
To support that, some companies launch virtual reality safety training program that utilizes software to duplicate a construction site. This allows the workers to have an actual experience of the work environment they are going to be part of.
Some construction companies are also utilizing virtual reality to direct their workers in terms of safety, and the survey shows that the trainees are more interested in this strategy. This leads to minor accidents in the field.
The truth is, construction wearables don’t need much explanation. Their primary purpose is to ensure the safety of the workers while improving productivity and efficiency at the same time. Companies are creating hard hats and bright safety vests embedded with sensors, GPS, real-time locating, and many more.
Basically, wearables can sense if the air particulates are hazardous, and airbags are also ready in case accidents to do happen in the area, and if someone goes missing, they can easily be found through the help of GPS.
Experts aspire to improve these smart wearables even more because they are very much aware that construction workers are always at risk of being injured, and also killed while doing their job. It’s one of the few problems that should be addressed as early as possible.
Research shows that construction workers are candidates for the musculoskeletal disorder. As a matter of fact, as compared to other industry combined, the construction industry still has the top position. However, with the help of technology, exoskeletons are invented.
They could turn construction workers into “Iron Man.” Well, not literally, but close to that. Furthermore, exoskeleton suits are available in two different forms, namely: unpowered and power assist.
Power assist relies on sensors and motors that help construction workers lift heavy equipment without much effort at all.
Likewise, it also allows the wearer to work for more extended periods– something they cannot easily do when they’re not wearing it.
On the other hand, the unpowered version focuses on improving one’s posture, and it ensures that the weight is distributed correctly. This is very important as it takes off the body strain, and it also provides that the workers would stay healthy while being able to complete their tasks as well.
Due to its benefits, exoskeletons aren’t only used in the construction industry. It’s now being used by navy seals and physical therapy patients. This just proves that exoskeletons could be used in different sectors, to help the wearer perform challenging tasks without straining the body at all.
Back in the days, construction workers have to perform site surveying manually. Not only is it difficult, but it could also be dangerous, especially if you’re on high-rise buildings. With the help of drones, they no longer have to deal with that. Drones could perform inspections and look for hazards without much trouble at all.
5. Site Sensors
Smart sensors are strategically placed all over the job site, and their purpose is to continually test the air quality and ensure that it’s safe for humans. In case that the air seems to be toxic– such as the presence of asbestos, then the sensors would alert the workers, allowing them to evacuate right away.
Site sensors could help in some ways. Not only does it keep the workers safe, but it also reduces overall cost, and capable of predicting maintenance needs.