Wearable Technology for Construction Professionals

Safety on the work-site is everyone’s number one concern during construction projects. Innovation in wearable technology for construction professionals is being created to create a safer job site. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) latest figures, there are more than 13 job-related deaths each day in the U.S. with one in five of these being in the construction industry. Innovation in wearable technology within the construction industry is trying to change that.

Recently developers at RMIT — University in Melbourne, Australia created a work vest that uses sensors to monitor a worker’s body temperature and heart rate. In the summer, workers are exposed to hot conditions on the job site and even in the winter, with additional layers of clothing and working in confined spaces, workers run the risk of heat strokes. The data that is collected through sensors are sent wireless to a smartphone app or 3rd party which will be instantly alerted in the event that abnormalities are triggered.

Another wearable technology that could prevent work site accidents is the Halo Light. The light provides 360-degree lighting that can be seen from a ¼ mile away. The light attaches to a hard hat and produces a ring of light enabling the worker to see and to be seen in all directions at all times.

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More than just a fad, wearable technology (WT) can change the way we work and give us ‘super powers’ — according to a new study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.

As innovation continues to advance we will see more wearable technology for construction professionals created, with the goal of keeping everyone safe.

Stephen Fean is the Vice President of Business Development at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.

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Originally published at watchdogpm.com on March 16, 2016.