4 ways technology is saving lives on site

Gina Theron   |   March 2, 2016

Ensuring the safety of yourself and your workers on site will help you avoid injury and project delays. As safety and the prevention of hazards is an important component of any project, a lot of research and money has gone into finding solutions to potential safety issues. Technology has emerged as a leading contributor to the effort of improving onsite safety. 

Drones and Robotics

Drones are a valuable tool for recording aerial photos and drone.jpgvideos which are used for various purposed, such as completing safety checks. This piece of technology reduces the risk placed on humans as they no longer need to physically walk across jobs sites doing inspections which can expose them to potential hazards. 

Robots are used to haul heavy or awkward materials in order to prevent injury resulting from manually completing these tasks. robots have been created and tailored to complete certain jobs which place extensive strain on the human body. Brick laying is a trade that can have a damaging effect to a person - with a automated 3D brick and block laying system a robot can read designs, load, cut, rotate and place up to 1000 bricks per hour. Something that would take a human days with large amounts of physical strain.    

3D printing3d_printing.jpg

3D printing is growing from creating small to creating large scale objects and the construction industry is beginning to take advantage of this revolutionary technology. With the ability to design a digital file and then 3D print components of a project this will cut down construction time and increase safety due to a decrease in human error. Entire projects are now being 3D printed including bridges, houses and high rises! With the ability to print projects this will eliminate the need for humans to conduct some of the more dangerous tasks.  

Software and Apps

mobile_app.jpgA range of apps and software systems have been created with the goal of increasing onsite safety. 

Virtual design and construction (VDC) - provides a visual representation of the site before anyone sets foot onsite allowing project teams to evaluate risks before construction begins

SafetyNet - Collects, analyses and circulates safety information as well as looking at data from jobs sites across the world to identify risk patterns and predict injuries.   

Raken - A tool used to keep project teams in touch at all times and allows safety notifications to be automatically sent to team members, alerting them of incidents, warnings or risks. 

Smart devices

tango.jpgWhether working in the office or on site, people in the construction industry have a smart device within reach at all times. This technology has swept through all industries and is a key tool for communication, document transfer, collaboration and most importantly safety alerts. With the use of smart phones and tablets construction workers have access to hundreds of tools to help them with their daily tasks. New smart devices are arising as technology advances and we're seeing great improvements for the construction industry. Google's Project Tango has the ability to understand space and motion by using sensors to creates 2D models of a space. This allows for surveying and risk assessment of spaces without putting workers in danger.

With advancements in technology, those within the construction industry can now use software, mobile devices, robots and more to help mitigate risk and reduce onsite liabilities. Reducing injuries to workers will increase productivity, keep projects on track and give workers and their loved ones piece of mind. With onsite safety being such an important part of any project, we believe you should cover all your bases and be prepared even with the availability of these new technologies. We have created a risk assessment checklist to help you further improve your onsite safety practices. 

Gina Theron
Gina is a Marketing Coordinator at Felix. She is a business and engineering student, and relishes working for one of Australia's greatest mining and construction disrupters. Harsh critic of tomatoes and spiders that surprise her.

Related Articles

Testimonials
Zaxcav8 sees 2,093% ROI with PlantMiner

Established in 2007, Zaxcav8 Civil Contractors is a leading supplier for civil works and haulage in South East Queensland and more recently, Auckland New Zealand. With a focus on reducing their downtime, they realised that in order to reach this goal they had to focus on establishing a streamlined marketing strategy that drew traffic to their brand and helped increase qualified leads for their business.

Projects
Adani scraps mining services company Downer over its Australian mega mine

Indian miner Adani has parted ways with mining services giant Downer and will instead build and run Australia’s biggest coal venture in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin on its own.

Projects
RCR Tomlinson secures $225m worth of contracts for three QLD solar farms

RCR Tomlinson has secured three new contracts – with a combined value of approximately $225 million – to deliver the Oakey, Longreach and Darling Downs Solar Farms in Queensland.

Get the latest project news

Formerly known as the PlantMiner blog, Felix Project News is Australia's top 10 Construction blog.

Join thousands of construction and mining pros getting the best content right in their inbox.

✓ updates on Australia's pipeline of state and federal projects

✓ fresh contract awards from major contractors and builders

Complete the form to get started