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The future of Robots in the Construction Industry.

In our last post, we mentioned the types of robots that are rapidly gaining traction in the construction industry, as well as expert opinions about the integration of these technologies. In this post, we will combine data and anecdotal comments to objectively analyze the future of construction robots. The construction industry has used robots in its construction process since the 1960s, but it is still far from being fully robotic. This is due to the slow adoption of contemporary technology and the contractors’ skepticism about their application. Wearable robots, for example, were introduced into the US construction industry in 2015, but only around...

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Construction Safety: Implementation of Construction Robots.

Welcome to safetyoutfit.com, one of your top 25 safety blogs as rated by Feedspot. Construction robots serve as drivers to change traditional construction processes; more importantly, their implementation would transform the construction industry and allow it to deliver more value. Construction robots Robotic companies are creating several types of robot technologies to improve work optimization, and improve jobsite safety performance, and above all to automate the labor-intensive industry. The kind of robots that have found application in construction can be categorized into (1) traditional robots for on-site construction activities such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator, etc. (2) wearable robotics to...

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5 Smart Technologies for Improving Work Zone Safety

A work zone is identified as “that part of the highway being used or occupied for the conduct of highway work, within which workers, vehicles, machinery, materials, supplies, excavations, or other obstructions are present,” according to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This means that construction workers are exposed to live traffic as well as heavy equipment in their work zone. During peak construction season, approximately 20% of the nation’s highway system is under construction, with over 3,000 work zones, as per OSHA. And according to CPWR, 1,166 fatalities occurred in work zones between 2003 and 2015....

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Create a Successful Construction Safety Plan the Easiest Way

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics When you compare the construction industry to other industries in the United States, it is the most hazardous industry. That is, the highest number of injuries and fatalities are recorded in the construction industry. As a result of this, OSHA recommends that every construction employer/contractor should have a construction safety program in place to cater for workplace hazards that could occur on the jobsite and actively promote safety on the construction site. What is a Construction safety Program? A construction safety program is a safety strategy developed on a jobsite to provide protection...

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Face and Eye Protection for construction workers.

Potential eye hazards cause the risk of serious damage (such as severe conjunctiva irritation, corneal damage, etc.) to the eyes. It can be found in practically every industry, nonetheless, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that more than 40% of injuries occurred among construction employees like carpenters and grinding machine operators. Laborers suffered about one-fifth of the eye injuries, and almost all the injured workers were employed in manufacturing slightly more than 20% were in construction. Nonetheless, the utilization of face and eye protection will eliminate/minimize the propensities for face and eye injuries. What causes eye injuries?  Flying particles – according...

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Fall Protection in the Construction Industry

Falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites. It accounts for one of every three construction-related deaths yearly. Most fall injuries are caused by falls from ladders but they are non-fatal injuries while Falls from roofs are the most frequent cause for fatal falls. Below is a scenario that emphasizes the importance of the fall protection system to both the employee and the employers. CASE SCENARIO: Juan Becerra, a construction worker who died after falling more than 100 feet from SoFi Stadium’s roof Becerra fell an estimated 110 feet on June 5, 2020, from the southeast corner...

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Construction Work Site Safety Checklist

The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has proven to help minimize occupational hazards. Nonetheless, the utilization of a safety checklist will help construction employers take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Let’s discuss further on Safety Checklist. “What to wear” checklist: Wear Safety Glasses or Face Shields, whichever suits better, to protect your eyes from harmful exposures like dust, chemicals, flying particles, smokes, and what not – especially if your job involves welding, cutting, grinding, nailing, concreting and chemical-related works. Use proper work boots – insulated, water, and skid-proof – whatever protects you best. The...