Five Ways to Understand New Safety Technology in Construction


Getting to know the latest safety technology in construction will help you protect your employees and assets. Here are five ways you can learn more about it.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to monitor construction safety can reduce risk, increase efficiency and reduce the overall cost of inspections. But before UAVs can be used to improve construction safety, they must be safe to operate.

Drones can be used to perform real-time inspections, provide information about the status of worksite safety, and monitor equipment use. They can also monitor materials and storage areas. In addition, UAVs can help identify structural defects. They can also provide first aid medical kits and send a person to the scene of an accident.

Drones can also be used to provide a bird’s eye view of construction sites. This allows construction teams to view hazards and determine the safest entrance to the jobsite. They can also help ensure compliance with OSHA documentation and regulations.


Using wearables on construction sites has been shown to reduce injuries, improve productivity, and enhance safety. Workers can now take advantage of hands-free communication, continuous monitoring of vital signs, and even real-time feedback.

Construction wearables include smart watches, smart glasses, and body wear. These devices can monitor vital signs, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and more. They also provide alerts if a worker is injured or falls. These devices can be worn around a worker’s wrist or on personal protective equipment (PPE).

Smart boots can be used to detect pressure and small shocks, which can help reduce time spent in unsafe areas. These boots can also automatically call for help. Wearables with built-in GPS are also helpful for monitoring the location of a worker.

Construction wearables are also helpful for monitoring environmental risks such as toxic gases and microsleeps. These devices can alert workers if they are exposed to these hazards. Proximity sensing can also alert workers to potentially dangerous situations.

Driverless crash trucks (VDC)

Using driverless crash trucks (VDC) in construction can save lives and save labor costs. But it also raises some questions about public safety.

The Department of Transportation plans to begin testing driverless crash trucks in Florida by the end of the year. One company has already demonstrated its own driverless truck. It uses a lead-and-follow system that mimics the movements of a lead truck. The company says it will soon introduce several pilot programs for its driverless truck.

Royal Truck & Equipment Inc., a specialty vehicle manufacturer based near Bethlehem, Penn., has teamed up with Florida company Micro Systems Inc. to create the ATMA, or Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator, which is a driverless rolling crash barrier. The system, which mimics the speed and direction of a lead truck, is reportedly the first of its kind.

Mobile applications streamline risk management

Streamlining risk management in construction requires the use of the right mobile applications. These tools can simplify the process and help construction teams identify potential risks, communicate risks effectively, and plan for risk mitigation.

RiskWatch is a construction risk management software solution that provides users with an easy way to organize permits, contract documentation, and other compliance requirements. It also helps construction companies develop risk management programs that meet OSHA requirements.

HSI Donesafe construction safety risk management software includes tools that help users identify, quantify, prioritize, and communicate risks. It also allows users to view real-time risk data.

SafetyCulture is a risk assessment mobile application that helps organizations keep track of control measures and assess risks. It allows users to survey workplaces with a mobile device, attach photos of hazards, and assign corrective actions. It can also be used for toolbox talks and inspections. It can be customized to fit the needs of your organization.

Managing too much data

Using a new safety technology, such as a GPS location tracking system, can be a boon to construction companies, but can also be a real pain. For instance, a company with a fleet of construction vehicles might use a GPS location tracking system to find the best route to the next job site, but is that the only way to get there? Also, how do construction companies protect sensitive information?

The best way to answer that question is to examine the complexities of the situation and then design solutions accordingly. To do this, a study looked at three common problems: a lack of industry standardization, a lack of visibility into the data collection process and a lack of standardization when it comes to safety information. To address these three problems, a data driven construction information sharing system was devised. This novel solution was able to provide valuable insights into construction safety practices and assist the safety manager in executing complex queries.

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