Researchers are looking for ways on how they could improve personal safety in the construction industry. One of the suggested methods is to develop PPE even further.
These systems are capable of detecting if a worker is following the rules– wearing the PPE, such as safety vests, hard hats, goggles, and the like while performing his job. It’s also capable of sending alerts about the issue.
Aside from that, they’re also trying to develop a system that allows workers to efficiently monitor the safety of those who are on-site, provide real-time location, and best of all, communicate with each other without any problems at all.
Building a Personal Safety System with IoT Sensors in PPE
Those who belong in the construction industry are very much concerned about advanced IoT technologies capable of underpinning the solution. This results in a system known as PPE of Things. Basically, this allows contractors to be able to monitor the safety of people on site, offer real-time alerts, and best of all, improve communications.
Simply put, it works in a way where the construction workers safety vests, boots, glasses, and the like to become intelligent and capable of determining safety hazards. Aside from that, the system is also capable of deciding if they are being worn the right way or not.
A sophisticated system of IoT sensors, together with wireless technology as well as smart devices could offer personalized safety with each personnel qualifications, and experience in the order.
The system uses energy-efficient and low-cost technology often attached to PPE clothing, such as helmets and safety glasses to provide accurate information regarding the current situation in the area and to see if incidents are happening.
Equipment Maintenance and Safety
In the construction industry, equipment-related malfunctions are one of the few factors contributing to job site accidents, and that’s what IoT plans to work on. Some of the benefits that can be enjoyed with IoT includes the following:
- Eliminating unplanned releases by being able to track temperature changes and possible leaks in the equipment, and being able to send automated alerts whenever necessary.
- Smart tagout/lockout apps for avoiding hazardous energy release from machinery through a smartphone with permission for who is allowed to control it.
- Safety system activation data to pinpoint if the workers are following the rules.
- Remote monitoring of equipment and containers to minimize physical checks in a hazardous environment.
Aside from keeping the workers safe, technology also aims to ensure that the overall efficiency would significantly improve as well.
PPE: What to Expect
IoT would really help workers stay safe while on the job. There are a lot of sensor-enabled PPE that detects environmental conditions. Aside from that, it also supports manufacturers ensure that even when they are in a dangerous place, they don’t have to worry about their safety.
Smart clothing could prevent safety incidents as it provides real-time data regarding plush rate and activity, temperature and noise levels, emergency response, and many more.
Without a doubt, IoT technology would really transform the construction industry to the fullest.