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Construction Risk Advisor – May 2018 - May 2018
TECHNOLOGY FOR EMPLOYEE SAFETY
In 2016, 1 in 5 worker deaths were in the construction
industry, highlighting the need for safety and procedural enhancements in
construction. The following technology is likely to become more common at
construction sites in an effort to improve worker safety:
- Exoskeletons—Workers can wear
exoskeletons to transfer weight from repetitive tasks and use less energy when
moving objects. The result is a reduced risk of injuries as well as increased
strength, dexterity and productivity.
- Virtual reality—This technology replicates physical environments and
presents training opportunities for employees. It also allows workers to simulate
hazardous tasks and identify safety needs. More benefits are expected as
- Wearables—Wearable devices offer real-time monitoring of workers’
vital signs and can alert workers to the presence of environmental dangers.
They can also cut health care costs by reducing health risks such as respiratory
problems, cancer, dermatitis and hearing damage.
OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION BENEFITS
Off-site construction refers to any building process that
takes place away from the ultimate point of installation. The term includes
prefabrication and modular construction, which can help contractors accelerate
schedules and use less labor on-site, as well as:
- Reduce safety
risks—There’s less chance of workers falling from heights, such
as off scaffolding, because construction tends to take place on a single-level
- Eliminate weather
delays—Work doesn't have to stop because
of inclement weather when construction takes place indoors.
- Ensure consistent
quality—Working in a centralized
location allows for more supervision and quality control.