For those who think that the construction industry is probably the most dangerous industry, then you’re right. However, it’s also worth noting that the dangers aren’t limited in the construction site alone, but even on the road– during road construction.
Fatalities are something that’s hard to prevent, especially with the presence of careless drivers who think they own the way. Fortunately, the advent of construction technology is slowly putting that to an end. With IoT, Big Data, and the like, it has become possible to resolve the problem one step at a time.
Here’s how new technology for road construction make streets and job sites safer.
Sensors in Equipment and Machinery
A lot of experts would agree that the best way to avoid work-zone injury, as well as fatalities would be using the most up-to-date technology for both vehicles and equipment. One great example of this would be the rear-view camera systems, as well as the spot mirrors for vehicle operators.
With this device, they can ensure maximum visibility. Then, there are the reversing alarms, which are excellent and quite helpful for those who are working around large vehicles. These alerts them whenever the car is moving backward. Vehicles, as well as traffic devices like orange cones, can also be outfitted with the latest light bar technology that would increase both vehicle and work zone awareness.
It doesn’t end to that; there’s also real-time vehicle-to-vehicle and connected mobility solutions that help workers distinguish navigation systems.
Remote monitoring is one of the few trends in road construction– this can be done in several ways, including the use of sensors, drones, wearables, and many more. To give you a better idea, when LIDAR is used together with drones monitoring and providing real-time data regarding road conditions and work zones become more convenient.
Likewise, when road sensors are equipped with the infrastructure, it can receive and transmit data back and forth– from the vehicle, into the road, alerting them of any hazardous conditions. Indeed, there is a lot of vehicle-to-roadside technologies that emerge day-by-day; all of these provide an alert to road users, making them aware of how they should act while on the road.
Wearable Technology for Productivity and Safety
Another unusual trend that we really can’t ignore would be wearable technology. This doesn’t only help the works become productive, but they are quite functional in keeping the workers safe at all time.
For instance, some wearables are equipped with haptic feedback visual and audio which is perfect for those who are working on the road. It senses when a vehicle is coming by, and it alerts the worker in real time.
Simply put, if a worker is using a jackhammer, chances are, he wouldn’t be able to hear the alerts or feel it, however, if the light would be flashing on his vest, he’ll know that something is wrong. This is what wearable technology has to offer.
Smarter Work Zones
Last, but not least, there’s a trend regarding smart work zones. This includes end-of-queue warnings, traffic congestion, traffic avoidance, and many more. Queue detection can be particularly helpful in situations where road fatality is quite high.