For the past few years, technology has helped us in some ways. It has improved the way we move, work, sleep, and most especially, how we interact with each other. Technology is also having a positive impact on the Internet marketing strategy of construction companies, but this same technology is helping construction workers complete their jobs safer and in less time.
One of which is through wearable technology. The construction industry has been benefiting from IoT as it allows them to come up with data-driven decisions and evaluate on a micro-level the way workers function within the job site.
That’s why project managers have been giving more attention to methods and strategies that would reduce the occurrence of injuries and costs while being able to improve productivity and safety of not only the workers but even the bystanders as well.
Here are some of the IoT wearable devices that have improved construction safety for the past few years:
1. Smart Vest
Safety vests are common in the construction industry, and workers are required to wear them at all times, as they would be penalized if they are caught not wearing it. Technology companies are starting to incorporate IoT technology in this critical piece of safety clothing.
With smart vests, you could utilize GPS to monitor the workers, and it can also have a button for emergency situations that would notify all parties during accidents and emergency situations. The innumerable capabilities of these smart vests could even have a huge impact on the productivity as it would be able to accurately identify if there are any inefficiencies or delays in the project.
Though, what made these safety vests highly sought-after is because it’s an efficient tool capable of monitoring the worker’s biometrics, such as the stress levels and heart rate. Whenever the vest detects any unusual result, it would automatically notify the worker and those who are in charge of this.
Apart from biometrics, these safety vests could also measure the condition of the job site. Which only indicates that if the worker is about to enter a potentially hazardous environment, the vest will alert him about it, and that would give him the idea that he should proceed with great caution.
2. Smart Glasses
Constant monitoring is very important in a construction site, and with smart glasses, rest assured that safety would always be the top priority as these technological devices also function as a camera capable of recording real-time data from the construction site. From here, the off-site professionals can respond to the unusual activities happening right away. Thus, they will be able to prevent accidents before they even occur.
Additionally, this can also bring improvement to the project and prevent a shortage of skilled workers as it will allow the professionals to give recommendations and give instructions to the new ones. These smart glasses could also be utilized to interact with project managers who are currently off-site, as they will still be able to see everything happening in real time.
3. Smart PPE Helmets
At the construction site, helmets are essential, and they’ve been part of the construction field ever since. However, as technology evolves, so as these helmets. Traditionally, their primary purpose is just physically to protect the wearer from impact, but now, these helmets have some uses.
Smart helmets are equipped with sensors, and they are capable of showcasing what should be done, which allows the workers to completely visualize their task within the construction of the entire project. Additionally, these helmets could also record real-time videos which can be transmitted to other workers.
This can be very useful, especially when they have to explain suggestions, issues, and best of all, it encourages easier communication. Smart helmets could also have a positive impact on safety as it alerts those who are involved during an emergency situation.
4. Exoskeleton Suits
Although it hasn’t been fully implemented by most construction companies yet, bionic suits could be very beneficial to construction workers, especially whenever they have to live heavy loads. Everything would be more comfortable, and this would eliminate the risk of injuries from muscle strains. The good thing about this is that it’s entirely analog, and so, there’s no need to recharge it.
Safety on construction is paramount, and every year, construction workers suffer injuries while on the job. This is where wearable technology becomes very useful– it could save thousands of lives and keep job sites safe.