Wearable devices can fill a number of needs in the construction industry, and as technology improves more wearables will show up on job sites across the country. Construction professionals should understand that wearables can be both beneficial and detrimental, which is why companies should weigh certain factors, such as whether there are learning curves or if there is a competitive advantage to using a particular device before adopting any technology on their construction sites.
In part one, our Nashville contractor lawyers listed some of the top wearables being used on construction sites. In this last section we will focus on the benefits and associated risks of wearable technology.
Wearables also help the construction industry to provide better communication between workers and management, as well as with customers to show project progress. For example, smart-glasses and virtual reality headsets provide 360-degree viewing and real-time communication which reduces miscommunications on the jobsite.
Safety is a key concern for the construction industry. Technology adoption can help improve safety through accurate tracking of workers and processes. Wearable technology such as smart vests, gloves, hard hats, and even work boots are outfitted with sensors, location trackers, biometrics, and more to monitor workers’ movements and motions, which helps prevent accidents. For example, a smart vest can monitor a worker’s body temperature and heart rate and alert safety managers if a worker exhibits alarming vital signs.
Risks and Challenges of Wearable Technology
It is important to research and test wearables to ensure that a particular device will improve your company’s safety program and increase worker protection. Although wearables often prove to be beneficial, no technology is without risks and challenges. Among the top concerns are bodily injuries and errors and omissions. Malfunctioning devices can seriously injure the wearer and in some cases cause death; therefore, companies should ensure they follow manufacturer instructions while wearing devices. If a device does not work as intended, your company can seek legal recourse for technological errors and omissions that result in damages or loss for your business.
Remember, wearables are not a cure-all for companies with a poor safety track record. If a worker is injured on your jobsite, consult with a Nashville construction lawyer for legal advice.
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