Top Construction Wearables for 2019 – ConExpo-Con/Agg

Construction sites can be dangerous. According to OSHA, 21 percent of workplace fatalities take place in the construction field.

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Construction sites can be dangerous. According to OSHA, 21 percent of workplace fatalities take place in the construction field.

To combat death, injury and unplanned labor downtime, the construction industry has been employing wearable devices (hard hats, glasses, safety vests and boots) for decades. As construction companies access the internet from mobile devices on their jobsites, the above personal protective equipment (PPE) are now smart.

Smart PPE—or wearables—take the connected jobsite to the next level—the connected workforce. With the data, safety personnel can react more quickly to safety incidents and investigate them more thoroughly.

Wearables passively collect, store, transmit and/or receive information about worker location, biometric signs, nearby hazards and other jobsite data.

They aid in at least one of the following four initiatives:

– Track worker location
– Provide jobsite information to decrease operational risk
– Monitor vital signs and environmental risks to worker health
– Reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries

“Jobsites have inherent increased risk, liability, and potential inefficiencies. It can be difficult to verify that workers are in the right place and on pace. Decisions that could avoid delays and costly diversions are not made when management doesn’t have full visibility. Without measurable data and transparency, there is no way to validate the accuracy of time and labor estimates,” says Hahna Alexander, CEO, Sole Power.

According to an August 2018 report published by independent research and consulting firm, Verdantix, 88 percent of respondents to their most recent study indicated that technology is “either essential or valuable for the success of [environmental health and safety] management”.

“Construction safety technology is seeing exponential growth in the amount of technology that is available and the number of offerings that target the construction industry,” says Peter Schermerhorn, President and CEO, Triax Technologies. “I think we’re seeing a clear acceleration and exponential change in the availability in safety technologies and the safety solutions that they generate.”

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