How Technology Creates Safer Work Sites

September 21, 2015



Different types of technology help reduce the amount of construction risks, which mainly stem from a lapse in planning and communication. 

Real Estate list five examples of how technology is making construction sites safer. 

1. Wearable Technology

Smart glasses, hardhats, watches and other wearable items are helping improve construction safety.

DAQRI, an L.A.-based startup, developed a smart helmet that uses augmented reality, a user interface, as well as cameras and sensors.

2. Drones and Robotics

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are another tool for improving site safety. Drones are primarily used for surveillance and aerial photos and videos, as well as completing construction site safety tests.

3. 3-D Printing

Potentially dangerous skilled labor is being replaced by 3-D printers, which minimize the risk for human error and accidents.

4. Modeling Software and Apps

Modeling software visualizes the entire dimensions and scope of a project before construction begins.

Access patterns, fall protection methods, safe access for overhead engineering systems, as well as other safety concerns are addressed early on in the construction process.

An example of a software platfrom creating safer construction sites is Predictive Solutions' SafetyNet, a program dedicated to addressing construction risks. The program streamlines the collection, analysis and circulation of safety information. 

5. Smart Devices

Devices like smartphones and tablets are vital tools to complement software and apps to communicate from the field to the office.

Google released Project Tango, a mobile device that navigates a physical space using computer vision, image processing and sensors to create 3-D models that can be instantly shared with all project team members.