Monitoring technologies like AI and 4/5G are on the rise on construction sites where they are being used to ensure the labor force works safer and smarter on all aspects of the job. An intrinsically risky industry, construction is the perfect stage for new monitoring equipment and technologies, which ensure safety protocols are in place and being followed, and which ensure help is immediately available in the event of an incident.
According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) being struck by a falling object caused nearly 60 percent of construction worker deaths in 2017. Sensors and other internet-enabled smart devices allow monitoring from afar. As well, design and engineering teams are integrating said technologies to help predict areas that hold the potential for problems and to purposely design worksites with safety in mind.
Large scale projects with multiple suppliers, contractors, subtrades, and other activity on site at once benefit from IoT technologies in many ways. Internet-enabled delivery trucks, for instance, are traceable and trackable, which allows operators to study way to increase efficiency and refine processes, not to mention the additional safety features that improver driver and pedestrian safety.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), wifi-supported handheld devices, IoT-backed sensors, and other emerging technologies deployed in the construction industry in the supply chain and on actual worksites are supporting the safety and efficiency of crews everywhere.