Safety at construction sites is of the utmost importance in countries all across the globe and Canada is no exception. Thanks to advancements in technology, Canadian construction workers are much safer while on the job.
Here are just a few ways safety technology and construction are joining forces in Canada:
Canadian Construction Site Injury Statistics
Although construction companies do all they can to ensure safety on the job site, accidents still happen.
According to the most recent study on Canada’s Employment and Social Development website, nearly 25,000 injuries occur on construction sites each year. This includes minor injuries as well as major accidents like falls.
In addition, WorkSafeBC reports that there were 7,461 cases of falls, 6,810 cases of overexertion, and 6,622 instances of workers being struck by something on the job site within a two-year period.
With sobering statistics like these, it’s more important than ever to practice safety on construction sites.
Technology on the Job
Construction companies have to follow strict safety guidelines on construction sites.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety lists a number of ways construction workers can protect themselves on the job.
This includes wearing personal safety gear like hard hats, harnesses, gloves, and day glow clothing. Along with safety gear, contractors and construction companies are implementing safety technology on the job site too.
As the following article looks at, these are some of the many examples of how technology is improving safety at the construction site.
Sharing Accident Data
When an accident takes place on the construction site, there are accident reports and witness accounts that follow. This paperwork results in helpful data that other construction companies can use to avoid future injuries to their workers.
Construction companies across Canada are sharing accident and injury data in order to make more informed safety decisions in the future.
By collecting, tracking, and analyzing job site data, construction companies are working together to avoid repeat accidents.
Real-Time Mobile Safety
A growing number of construction companies in Canada are trading in their hand-held two-way radios for smartphones and other mobile devices on the job site. When equipped with mobile technology, workers can stay in contact with one another at all times no matter how far apart they are.
In addition, workers can call 911 directly when they witness an accident. This is much faster than having to radio the job site foreman to relay the message.
Mobile technology is also an effective way to inform all workers on the job site about developing safety concerns, including inclement weather.
Job Site Surveillance
At the beginning stages of any construction job, it’s close to impossible to run dedicated power lines to anything. However, technology is paving the way for wireless job site surveillance cameras that use WiFi to connect to a central location.
With wireless surveillance, job site foreman can monitor the entire construction site on multi-view monitors. Wireless cameras also allow workers on the site to monitor other site locations from their mobile devices, which help keep everybody in the loop and safe.
When it comes to construction site safety in Canada, technology is keeping workers out of harm’s way.