In the past, the construction industry worldwide has had high rates of workplace injuries and fatalities, however, the industry-recognized this, and has worked hard to promote safety and ensure workplaces are held to the highest safety standards.
In this blog, we look at how the skilled trades industry is using technology to increase safety on construction sites and in the industry as a whole.
By digitalizing safety processes, construction businesses can improve their safety culture.
The process ensures that your construction project is well-planned, all risks have been assessed, and the work area is returned to a safe condition once the job is done.
Digitize Training and Improve Performance
The benefits of digitalization include saving time and money, increasing productivity, and, most importantly, demonstrating your company’s commitment to safety on construction sites.
Creating digital content can ensure that all workers have easy access to information regarding safety protocols at all times.
How wearable technology can help workers stay protected
Wearable technology has grown in popularity in recent years. The simple definition of wearable technology is a device worn to improve safety. It is similar to a smartwatch that tracks vital signs in real-time, or a smart vest that cushions a person when they are injured like an airbag in a car. These wearable devices can help:
- Send information updates to remote workers to prevent risks
- Using high-quality suits to prevent heavy lifting injuries
- Using sensors to detect harmful gases
- Making construction training more effective via augmented and virtual reality
In addition to other technologies, wearable devices are becoming lighter, easier to work with, and more cost-effective.
Mixed reality: The use of virtual and augmented reality
Mixed Reality (MR) is the combination of Virtual and Augmented Reality. With HoloLens 2, you can interact with physical and virtual items in real-time using new generation sensing and imaging technologies.
VR headsets enable you to see, move and interact freely in a 3D virtual environment, with simulated real-world tools and equipment.
Using immersive simulations, workplace training scenarios that are too expensive, difficult, or dangerous can be made easier, safer, and more cost-effective.
VR training improves knowledge retention, performance, teamwork, and safety while reducing training costs and downtime.
Learn more about our VR training platform here: https://www.constructionontario.ca/virtual-and-mixed-reality-training/
Using drones on job sites
Drone technology in construction is on the rise. A drone can fly at high altitudes autonomously to provide a better view into tight spaces that can be difficult to access otherwise.
When used appropriately, drones can revolutionize the way inspections are conducted on construction sites. Inspections at high altitudes are common in the construction industry, and drones can make the process a whole lot safer.
In addition, drones can also be used to monitor and maintain large and complex construction projects.
Technology is not only increasing efficiency and effectiveness, but it is also making construction sites safer. As a result, construction leaders are slowly moving to integrate these tools into their companies and the industry at large.
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