Construction Managers – Why You Should Invest in Wearables

Construction Managers – Why You Should Invest in Wearables

27th September 2016

Last week we took a look at the increase in wearable technology, the way in which this new market is developing so rapidly and how this new technology has been making a headway into the construction industry.  We discovered that new and innovative smart sensors can be used to gain an insight into health and safety in the workplace and to monitor individual members of staff in order to ensure safety when working in construction.  Today we’re going to take a closer look at the benefits to be derived by an employer from investing in wearable technology for the workforce.

Wearables are usually miniature electronic devices that are worn under or on top of clothing or are attached to the wearer’s body and they capture date which provides the employer or manager with feedback and information about the wearer in real time.

Keeping up to date with all the latest trends and developments in the wearables market can seem impossible with new products being launched almost on a weekly basis and it’s tempting for employers to delay any investment until products have been tried and tested and proved to offer an attractive return on investment (ROI).  However, this attitude can lead to procrastination that could have a negative (and even fatal) effect on your workforce, so adopting some type of wearable technology in order to protect your workforce not only demonstrates a progressive attitude, it could also save your workers from accident and injury and save you, as an employer, from getting caught up in an investigation and subsequent court case which could have a hugely detrimental effect on your business.

There are now suites of tools available to help construction industry managers and their workers to prevent injuries before they happen.  These systems incorporate wearable devices, artificial intelligence (AI), building information modelling (BIM) and cloud computing to offer high risk workers (typically in the highest risk industries such as construction, manufacturing, warehousing and energy) an alert system designed to minimise risks and reduce accidents in the workplace and work related illnesses.

For instance, heat related illness is a serious concern in the construction industry where people are regularly expected to work outdoors in all types of weather.  Heat stroke causes damage to body organs and the nervous system which can result in permanent disability and even death.  With so many workers not recognising the early warning signs of heat stroke, there’s a smart vest available which monitors a worker’s body temperature and heart rate, broadcasting real time data to a smartphone app which will instantly alert the user to any danger signals.

Adopting this type of innovative and disruptive technology and making it available to your workforce is a smart move for business owners and managers in the construction industry.  Making sure your workforce is in a healthy condition and reducing the risk of accidents and injury pays off in the long run with an increase in productivity.