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Michael Rosario, Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The construction companies are using smart wearables to improve the employees' safety on the site.

FREMONT, CA: Safety is a primary concern on every construction site, and the construction industry continues to explore ways to minimize employee fatalities. In the United States, construction workers account for almost half of all fatal job accidents, and they often suffer tens of thousands of non-fatal injuries per year. Due to OSHA legislation, while construction accidents have been decreasing since the late 1990s, but more can be done to protect workers in this critical area.

Wearable building technology, which involves any wearable device worn by construction workers on their bodies, will prove to be a vital resource in the search to eradicate deaths and injuries from construction workers. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce study states that in 2018, only 6 percent of contractors utilized on-site construction wearables, but by 2021, 23 percent are projected to use such equipment. A remarkable fact is stated in the same report: 83 percent of contractors agree that wearables for construction will boost safety on site.

Top 10 Safety and Compliance Consulting/Service Companies in Europe - 2020User-friendly and robust wearable technologies, like smartwatches, boots, helmets, glasses, and bodywear, are involved in healthy buildings' future. These innovations offer an array of different resources designed to keep employees safe, secure, and efficient.

Smart Watches

Many individuals now wear a smartwatch every day, but the robust sensors in items like the Apple Watch have particular significance in the construction industry. These devices are capable of tracking information about the activity, detecting falls and allowing regular communication.

Augmented Reality Glasses

In order to protect construction workers, safety glasses play an essential role, but smart glasses provide workers with additional layers of knowledge. Known as augmented reality, this technology incorporates natural surroundings and computer-generated images and displays them in real-time together. It requires employees to wear goggles in smart glasses, which keep their eyes protected and offer them crucial details regarding leading edges, hazardous materials, and safety procedures.

Smart Helmet

Hard hats on any construction site are critical for security equipment, but advanced features can render them even more invaluable. Technology companies aim to introduce a wearable construction capable of detecting fatigue, preventing microsleep, and sensing proximity by attaching a sensor band around the inside rim of a hard hat.

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