There is perhaps one thing that all construction companies have in common: the need to create a safer jobsite. Each company might achieve it in different ways, but safety is paramount on every project around the globe.
As such, it becomes critical to talk about how technology can play a role for workers, and there are two key areas to improve safety on a project. First, leverage software to collect and gather data about safety on a job. Second, make use of technologies, equipment, and tools that will actually help create a safer jobsite.
Looking at the former, risk assessment and safety-management technologies can help construction reduce incidents and improve compliance.
Consider the example of eSafety Systems, which offers its RAMP (Risk Assessment & Mitigation Program) framework and platform. The technology helps reduce incidents through the standardization and continuous improvement of project standard operating procedures. Additionally, it makes use of the CIP (continuous improvement process), which is a model of incremental improvements to services, products, and processes.
For construction companies, systems such as this can help ensure a safe and healthy workplace for the clients’ employees by leveraging and accessing data about a job.
The second way to create a safer jobsite is by using technologies that actually eliminate hazards on the job. For instance, automated equipment can help take the driver out of the seat of a piece of equipment, creating a much safer project.
Equipment manufacturers have been making some big announcements in the areas of autonomous equipment. For instance, Komatsu announced earlier this year its FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System has qualified to operate on private LTE (long-term evolution) mobile broadband technology. This allows unmanned operation of ultra-class mining trucks.
Some key benefits include reduced worker exposure to harm, protocols designed to improve mine-site safety, reduced operating costs, and increased productivity.
This is an interesting announcement because Komatsu recognizes that mining operators need wireless networks with high-availability and the ability to support multiple applications and services at the same time. The use of LTE networks improves security, capacity, and overall performance within a multi-application environment.
So there you have it. Two big ways to leverage technology to improve safety on a construction jobsite. Tap into the data to make better decisions about how to improve business processes or pick up a piece of automated equipment that can take the worker out of harmful situations. What are some other ways technology can help improve safety in construction?
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