Technology makes things more convenient, but could it also save lives in construction? They’ve made termite-inspired robots that can lay bricks, self-driving vehicles for moving heavy loads, and virtual reality technologies to enable workers to visualize their project before they even put their boots on. (Speaking of boots, there are “smart boots” now too.)
Innovation is rampant in the construction industry right now, and one of its most important aims should be the advances that can minimize health and safety concerns. Here are four recent developments changing lives (and workers’ comp MODs...because after safety, nothing matters more than the bottom line):
Having a regularly scheduled time of year when safety technologies are reviewed can be critical to a company’s success. These things are easy to push off to future dates and not prioritize, but safety first has long been the mantra for a good reason. Consider having a designated safety officer responsible for researching options that make sense for the applicable industry. It will require cooperation with senior leadership, but it’s a task worth taking on.
Good projects aren’t anything without good people, and employers may find that an investment in the health and safety of their people could improve productivity outcomes. The most challenging part may be determining who gets to test-drive the new robot arm.