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Using Technology for Safety and Efficiency

Cotney Using Technology for Safety
April 21, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

By Cotney Attorneys & Consultants

If you’re like most people, you may resist trying new technology.

But, whether it’s the GPS on your smartphone or the streaming service you enjoy at home, you have to admit that sometimes technology makes your life easier.

The same is true on the job. Your first reaction may be to shy away from innovative technologies, but if you give them a chance, they can improve your efficiency while keeping you and your workers safe. They might even help you keep OSHA at bay.

Virtual reality

As virtual reality evolves, construction site managers have begun using this technology to monitor their worksite surroundings. By incorporating this technology for training, managers can create a safe environment that introduces workers to similar scenarios they might face on site. Virtual reality can present hazardous scenarios that imitate real-life situations, build crew members’ confidence, and prepare them to meet potential challenges and threats. Studies show that virtual reality is more effective than reading about potential hazards or hearing a lecture about them.

3D visualization technology

Using 3D visualization technology allows workers to record their job surroundings from many different angles, which helps them become more aware of the environment in which they will be performing. Construction workers can use this technology to recognize potential hazards, which helps prevent work-related injuries. Supervisors can also use 3D visualization technology to make informed decisions about worker safety.

Estimating software

Construction estimating software uses either cloud or desktop technology to improve the process of creating material and labor cost estimates for various projects. This software can range from simple spreadsheets to an online collaborative platform. Some software offers features such as estimate templates, a database of supplier pricing, and applicable formulas for area, volume, and other dimensions. The software may also connect to an existing project management system. Roofers will still need experienced contractors to use the software, but this tool can make the process more streamlined and accurate.

Smartwatches

Many people use smartwatches to track their steps each day, but these devices can also help workers monitor their heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level. In hot weather or when work is particularly strenuous, having this information can assist workers in protecting their health.

Smart hats

Workers in high-risk industries can benefit from smart hats that have extra shock protection as well as sensors. These sensors alert workers when there are vehicles or heavy machinery nearby. They can also warn workers of falling objects. Smart hats are valuable tools that help workers remain more aware of their surroundings and potential danger.

Drones

Drones are becoming more and more useful on construction sites. Contractors can use drones to collect images and data before workers enter high-risk environments. Drones can provide more comprehensive details more quickly than a standard inspection would. They are also helpful for roofers, who can record video and take pictures of damaged roofs while staying safely on the ground.  

Safety apps

Every construction company wants to monitor hazardous conditions and improve safety, and specific safety apps can help them do that. Apps can be used to take images of an accident or injury, and they can offer a platform to record data about the incident. Site managers can use the data to analyze the problem, keep these records in one organized place, and create prevention plans.

Technology can help make worksites safer and more efficient. As you likely know, remaining OSHA compliant can be a challenge, so it may be beneficial to explore how new technologies can assist you in that goal. If you can get your supervisors and workers on board, using technology might boost morale while also keeping everyone healthy and productive.  

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.



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