Wearable technology in the construction industry makes use of devices that are worn by the workers at the site (labors) to track their location. These wearables are inbuilt with required devices that are connected to the main server which is a control room where real-time information of all the locations of the workers around the construction site is obtained.
Safety being a primary concern on the construction site, the industry continues to seek ways to reduce fatalities among workers. Occupational Health and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that wearables help lower insurance rates and improve employee safety and health.
In this article, we will discuss various wearable technologies that are currently used in the industry.
Types of Wearable Technologies Used in Construction Site
- Smart Helmet
- Smart Watches
- Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses
- Smart Boots
- Smart Body Wear
- Power Gloves
1. Smart Helmet for Microsleep Prevention
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- Alert the personnel or management of the worker in distress
- Prevent accidents by alerting tired workers
2. Smart Watches for Vital Sign Tracking
- Detect health and activity data like abnormal heart rates, blood oxygen saturation to spot respiratory distress, etc.
- Detecting falls immediately after the incident by communicating with the emergency department.
- They help to provide hands-free communication while operating equipment.
3. Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses for Leading Edge Alert
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4. Smart Boots for Collision Detection
5. Smart Body Wear
- Heat Tracking: Sensors worn around the chest help detect body temperature and alert the worker when a shade or hydration is required.
- Gas Detection: Small sensor devices on the upper arm or chest help detect a variety of dangerous gases, that help prevent unnecessary exposure and save lives.
- Reduced Muscle Fatigue: There is special technology called "exoskeletons", which helps improve strength and reduce muscle fatigue that helps in lifting.
6. Power Gloves to Improve Grip Strength
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