The following is a guest post written by David B. Lever.
David B. Lever founded the law firm, David B. Lever & Associates, PLLC in 2014 and is the firm’s top legal strategist. He has fought for the rights of accident victims and consumers for over 24 years. His area of practice is Personal Injury-Plaintiff, which includes construction accidents.
When construction sites are safer, then productivity increases as well as profits. More construction safety means less time lost due to accidents, lower insurance premiums, and less money spent repairing damaged equipment.
The construction industry has never been big on adopting emerging technology. However, as I mention on my website LeverInjuryLaw.com, many construction workers are injured on the job which requires the industry to be all ears when it comes to emerging technology that can help enhance profits and lower construction accidents.
Wearable technology has been floating around the construction industry for years, but advances in the abilities of wearables to keep construction sites safe have created waves of innovations that construction companies are implementing all over the world. Wearables have a broad range of uses that can help to keep workers safe, and even detect an injury before it occurs.
A worker is often unable to tell when they are pushing their body beyond the limits of their abilities. The way a worker bends, lifts items, and twists their body can all result in serious and potentially long-term injuries. Wearables measure those thresholds and give construction safety officers valuable information that can be used to better train workers and to make sure that the workers have the right equipment.
Wearables can also show the effects of utilizing certain types of equipment on a worker's' body. Jackhammers have been on job sites for decades, but safety officers could never accurately determine what kind of damage, if any, jackhammers were doing to workers' backs, arms, and legs. With this new emerging technology, safety officers can gather a lot of valuable data they can use in their ongoing evaluations.
How can drones help with construction safety? Drones can get into positions humans cannot to evaluate an ongoing project and see if there are any safety concerns. Drones can be used by safety officers to make sure that work is being done according to safety regulations. Also, drones can let engineers know if there are parts of the project that are unsafe for workers to enter.
With a drone, a construction company can see every aspect of a project and determine if there are any building errors that need to be repaired. Drones can help keep work sites secure, and drones can also help pinpoint accident locations so that first-responders can get to workers quickly and save more lives.
These days, 3D printing is readily available to any construction company that wants to use it. With 3D modeling, engineers and architects can create more accurate models for clients, and those models can be used to precisely plan the building process.
While 3D modeling on a computer screen is helpful, it does not allow engineers to see real potential points of failure that could result in serious injuries. With modern 3D printing, project managers can accurately determine how much labor is needed to complete a project and keep labor costs down. A 3D model can also alert engineers to any issues that could occur between the structure and the site during construction and help prevent accidents before they can even happen.
Emerging technology is starting to show up in the construction industry in many different ways. Construction project managers know that a safe work site is a profitable work site, and that is why so much emphasis is being placed on using new technology to prevent accidents and raise construction safety to a whole new level.
CAT, the name synonymous with heavy construction equipment across the world, has been slowly adding technology to its brand over the past year. Early last year, the company announced it would be releasing a rugged smart phone, which was also the first ever to have a built-in thermal imaging camera. This year, they’re releasing their first step into the world of tablets.
Video feeds on a construction site are not only great for timelapse videos, they can potentially help stop intruders who enter your site.
On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
Falls from height is one of the leading causes of death among construction workers and ladders are a major contributor to that number. According to the CDC, falls from ladders caused 64 fatalities and 11,500 injuries in the construction industry alone in 2011. There are many things ladder users can do to make their work safer, like setting it at proper angles on level ground, checking for damage, and maintaining 3 points of contact, among others. One technology company is trying to take some of the thinking out of ladder set up.
Almost exactly 2 years ago, we shared details about an autonomous, driverless construction work zone vehicle that would be the first to hit US streets of its kind. That vehicle is gearing up to hit US streets as the Colorado Department of Transportation has teamed up with its developers.
When construction companies initially started to adopt mobile technologies like tablets and smartphones, there was a race between many construction technology companies to be the future leader in the area. As the years rolled on, it became less and less likely that one app was going to be the end-all-be-all, like AutoCAD became in the architectural design world. There’s not one app out there right now that provides every single function that a construction company needs, because each company is very unique. The solution? Integration.
Communication is key to a safe and productive construction environment. One of the biggest challenges of effective communication on job sites is the complexity and size of the project, which inhibits being able to contact the correct people in a timely manner. Tracking devices have been a hot button issue in construction news for the last few years. Some examples include RFID tag sensors in hard hats, such as the one being used on certain job sites in Washington DC and time sheet applications, which allow employers to track their employee’s locations using the GPS on their phone’s or tablets.
In March of this year, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would begin taking orders on their Solar Roof Shingle concept. Tesla Solar Roof is a solar power roof system that eliminates the need for bulky solar panels installed over top of traditional roof materials. Instead, the shingles themselves, which come in a variety of different styles, are the solar panels.
At the company’s second quarter earnings report, Tesla announced that the first solar roof installations have been completed.
[guest post] The progress of construction sites is usually captured by taking still photos of different areas that have been subject to change. Documenting a full construction site requires a lot of pictures (usually more than ten per room), and even then not every corner of a room can be captured.
Standard vertical elevators have had it too good, for too long. After the first cable dependent elevator was unveiled in 1857, not much has changed in the elevator industry. They’re still using cable systems and still only going up and down. But not anymore. ThyssenKrupp has officially made a multi-directional elevator a reality.