Innovative Wearables Making Job Sites Safer

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Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, so we’re always keeping an ear out for new innovations that can make job sites safer. Here’s some amazing new technology that’s being developed that foster safety in a completely new way.

Clip-ons

The Spot-R by Triax wearable clips, for example, can tell you the number of workers on a specific site. Many companies have certain worker wear these clips so they know who is using what equipment, for real-time visibility that can be accessed by a phone or other smart device. The clips can also sense and give notifications when someone falls or trips, allowing for reduced response time – locating injured workers almost twice as fast as without the clip!

Smart Glasses

Beyond simply protecting workers’ eyes, wearable glasses can scan for dangerous situations or to track progress. For example, XOi Vision glasses have a camera that can be hooked up to the internet. This allows off site personnel and supervisors to be able to have eyes and ears to verify, help, or get assistance in a threat. The glasses can also take pictures or videos in the field, allowing your team to document their work. These can be reviewed for any hazardous conditions, plus give your customers updates and transparency that builds trust.

Safety Vests

Vests such as the Redpoint Safety Vests have GPS capability to warn workers when they enter preset danger zones on a job site. This also allows for supervisors to be able to analyze risky behaviors, as well as immediate tracking of progress on a project. You can find out if your estimates are correct and if your predictions of

Hard Hats

New safety technology is wisely being built into protective gear that your team is wearing already. Hard hats are being developed that use biometrics sensors monitor your workers’ vitals so that there is warning before injuries. Blood gas saturation levels, core body temperature, repetitive motion, and fatigue are measured to give warning before injury occurs and/or transmit this information to medical staff. NYC-based Human Condition is a pioneer in these wearables, and their CEO reports that he wants to help eliminate onsite job deaths by the year 2025.

Watches and Wrist-Worn Devices

These too can measure vitals, as well as give warnings and alerts such as when to wear protective gear or not to go near certain machinery or areas of the job site. Some are also providing detection of harsh chemicals, enabling important measurements, or simply gauging heart rates and blood pressure.

 

If you’re looking to hire more workers to try out these wearables, give Madden a call. We’ll help you find the best talent, and can offer advice and resources to keep them safe too.