Volvo Construction Equipment partnered with Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute to create SiteAware, a safety technology that provides operators with a 360-degree views for equipment operators in order to improve jobsite safety.
The system, developed by students at the institute, presents operators with a central display in the cab giving them a real-time, overhead view of their surroundings.
Over the past decade, there have been nearly 1,000 deaths in the construction industry, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both teams saw a need for improving safety in and around heavy equipment by providing operators with 360-degree vision.
“Results from Carnegie Mellon University are planned for publication, not to be developed into a proprietary system, although elements of their research will be considered for incorporation in ongoing development projects,” a Volvo CE spokesperson said.
Data gathere by the Integrated Innovation Institute from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- 962 fatal injuries occurred at road construction sites (from 2003-2010)
- 442 workers were killed by being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment, which is the largest single even for fatal occupational injuries
- In 2010, there were 37,476 injuries in work zones, about 20,000 of those injuries are construction workers
- Cost per medically consulted injury = $37,000