Existing Technology Designed to Be Worn by Construction Workers

Constructconnect | September 10, 2020

Existing technology designed to be worn by construction workers is teed up and ready to go but the usual barriers of cost and risk aversion is keeping it parked at the jobsite gate. While wearable monitors have been around for some time, they’re only being adopted at extreme high-risk jobs, such as petrochemical plants, oil rigs and remote wilderness locations where workers face hazards beyond slips and falls such as bears and wolves. The issue, says Keith Beckles, CEO of TechMarq, a Toronto company marketing the technology, is cost and the general reluctance to embrace anything new. “It’s probably easier in some people’s minds to lose one worker, or have one worker injured, than have to put out all this money for the technology,” he says. “I do see that changing one day, which is why we’re still pushing, but it will take some kind of legislative change similar to what we saw in the 1960s when much improved health and safety regulations came into effect following some pretty extreme disasters on construction sites.” Wearable technology meanwhile is being widely deployed in many other settings, he says, from providing first responders an instant read out of a patient’s medical history or in many cases a GPS co-ordinate if they’ve wandered off from a retirement home.

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