Like other technologies, the construction industry is also evolving and changing. New technologies are being used and the building and infrastructure that we see today are different from what they were a few decades ago.
While the basic mechanics and engineering philosophies associated with the construction industry continue to be the same, customer preferences, needs and situations are also changing.
This makes it imperative for construction companies to change tack and bring in new technologies. However, new technologies in the construction industry should take into account many things including the safety and the well-being of the workers and other stakeholders.
Whether it is simple things like construction cones or various other complex things, there is no doubt that when it comes to constructions, safety and reducing risk factors are of paramount importance.
We are listing down a few technologies that are making a big difference as far as the world of construction industry is concerned.
Improving Jobsite Access
New construction technologies ensure that only authorized workers are able to enter construction sites. This makes it easier to monitor the workers and also prevents unauthorized entries into various construction sites.
It also could put a stop unintentional entrance into high risk zones because this could pose a number of health threats and risks. There could be some areas of construction sites where special equipment and protection would be needed.
When you have the right construction technology available, you will be able to ensure that only those who have the right protection and dresses are allowed in such zones of high risk.
Better Emergency Response
In case of any emergency, use of modern labor and worker management technology is of extreme importance. This technology can do quite a few things proactively.
It can continuously broadcast text alerts and share details about the areas where the workers have reported to the particular worksite. This could help in accessing and contacting and also get perfect and accurate information about the last-known location for each of the workers who is on-site. This could also enable faster and more accurate headcounts.
We also would like to speak a few words about grade control technology. This also could help in improving the overall safety as far as site preparation and civil construction projects are concerned.
It could bring down significantly the need for employees who are required to work on active jobsite and also near heavy equipment or other such places where the risk of accidents are quite high. It could be various machines and equipment such as motor graders, excavators, bull-dozers, pavers and various other types of heavy equipment.
The use of modern technology may also be able to prevent employees from being made to work in trenches, and deep holes or on hillsides that are unstable and prone to sudden landslides and flash floods.
The term exoskeletons may be new for many of us but is being commonly used these days in the construction industry. These are basically metal frameworks that come fitted with muscles that are motorized.
They could help in increasing the strength of the wearers quite significantly. More importantly, it could go a long way in making the entire construction site a much safer and risk-free place. These suits or wearable items are also known as exosuits.
These metal frameworks may be able to mirror the internal skeletal structure of the wearer and it makes heavy objects feel much lighter and many such items also become weightless. It could avoid overexertion of workers and the USA alone this is supposed to cost workers around $15 billion annually.
Construction sites are notorious for hazardous fumes, smoke, smog and heavy noise levels. In such a situation, using modern technologies in the form of smart sensors could be helpful in more ways than one.
They could help in monitoring the environmental conditions quite effectively and help in identifying the potential risk areas with the help of efficient installation of smart sensors. These sensors are capable of analyzing data and this could identify the specific areas of a jobsite that could be a potential source of safety and health risk.
Safety Tracking & Reporting
There is no doubt that contemporary software solutions used in the construction industry are extremely sophisticated. They are capable of providing the right picture of the overall health and productivity of a company.
They are also capable of offering real-time safety updates as far as heat indexes, weather conditions, possibility of rain and other such natural occurrences. This may help in giving real time input to workers and help them to be prepared proactively instead of being reactive about it.
It is quite obvious from the above that there are many advantages of using modern technologies to keep construction zones safe.