In this video, Jim describes some of the additional advances in construction safety that are being made possible by technology, including wearable technology, virtual and augmented reality, and advances in tools and fall protection devices.
- I've talked quite a bit about using the technology we have now related to digital resources to improve safety on our construction sites. To wrap things up, I want to cover a few more areas where technology is either already beginning to be used, or where we see some promising trends for the future. Remember, technology is not just electronics. I've mentioned several times throughout this course, examples of technology that's already improved our safety on construction projects. And this includes things like developing better and more affordable hearing protection, and more efficient respirators.
So, in this area of non-electronic tools, I really think one of the areas to watch is fall protection. I see personal fall arrest harnesses getting more sophisticated every year. For example, adding features that can help us with self-rescue, and the lanyards that we can use to tie off between that harness and the anchor point are becoming smaller, lighter, and more sophisticated. We can already get really small and light retractible lanyards that give us more mobility and arrest our falls even faster.
Look for continued developments in this area. Now, as for power tools, I think there are some developments that show future potential. Things like automated tool tracking, that let us see who has what and where, could let us make sure that only authorized people are using power tools in a manner that they were meant to be used. And speaking of tracking, there's a lot of talk these days about wearable technology, devices that track each individual on a project to show us their exact location, helping us to make sure only authorized personnel are working in hazardous areas on the site.
They can also help us identify conditions where someone might be down and injured, and may not be able to call for help. I think these are great products for anyone that sends individuals to projects where they work alone. Beyond that, I would keep an eye on improved personal protective equipment. Helmets or hardhats that contain various sensors, safety glasses that contain augmented reality features. I think all of this shows some promise for the future of construction. We'll just have to wait and see how some of these things develop.
If you're a construction management professional, I think all of this is really worth keeping an eye on. You never know when you may find a new product that fits just right into your situation to help really improve safety, quality, and productivity.
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early