Jobsite Safety Advances to Keep Pace with Growing Construction Opportunities

Construction is an economic driver, estimated to grow globally by 67 percent from $7.2 trillion today to $12 trillion by 2020. Despite this rapid growth, the industry continues to struggle with challenges that other industries have long overcome, including a lack of visibility and business intelligence across jobsites and project participants.

Increased construction activity, complex projects and a skilled labor shortage are driving contractors to embrace jobsite technology, and in 2017, the industry laid a rich foundation for digital adoption. Firms became increasingly interested in the construction Internet of Things (IoT), which enables them to collect valuable field data automatically from workers, equipment, tools, materials and the environment.

Technology Improves Jobsite Safety

Today, managers can get a snapshot of site operations from wherever they are located, using drones for hazard analysis, wearables for worker time and attendance, and sensors for equipment utilization and proximity to workers—to name a few.

One major area where technology has had an immediate impact is worker safety. While jobsites in the past typically relied on visual safety checks and manual reporting of injuries to protect workers, connected jobsite technology today is streamlining—and strengthening—these processes through real-time monitoring and alerting. Sensor-based solutions can detect anything outside the normal range—a fall from height or an unusual object in the vicinity of a moving excavator—and send immediate alerts to designated supervisors on site, giving them the insights they need to accelerate response.

Improving job site evacuation processes is also of utmost importance. In a situation where every second counts, traditional evacuation techniques have fallen short, leaving contractors at the jobsite to rely on air horns or costly, improvised alarm systems to signal an evacuation. Today, however, with new connected technologies, supervisors have a reliable, direct line of communication with their workforce, so they can signal a site evacuation with high-decibel sirens or visual alarms, for example, and enable faster and safer egress.  

The connected job siteserves like a protective dome over the work site by collecting data, searching for irregularities, and alerting supervisors—and workers—to situations that require attention. As the connected jobsite becomes more pervasive, firms will benefit from increased safety and business intelligence, enabling them to meet growing construction demand safer and more efficiently than ever before.

By Chad Hollingsworth, co-founder and CEO of Triax Technologies

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