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WORKER SAFETY Steps into the DIGITAL AGE
The Heads Up Safe device frees workers’ hands and improves jobsite safety. Photo courtesy of Heads Up
The DAQRI helmet gives workers distributed information and situational awareness on the jobsite. Photo courtesy of DAQRI
Spot-r wearables send and receive safety alerts in real time. Photo courtesy of Triax Technologies

Often, when we think of technology and its use in the workplace, we think of laptops, tablets, or cell phones, which are all hand-held devices. Trying to complete a task while holding your device can be tricky at best, cumbersome and dangerous at the worst. But what if there were a way to read that important message or schematic or report dangerous conditions without picking up that device? With the latest in employee wearables, hands-free communication is a snap.

Heads-Up Displays Increase Worker Safety and Productivity

Today’s workers are being asked to be more accountable and deliver higher quality work, which might lead some to push the safety limits. Safety glasses and hard hats with visors using heads-up displays (HUDs) eliminate the need for employees to carry devices yet allow for real-time viewing of worksite specs, employee location, and live video calls. Upskill’s augmented reality (AR) software “Skylight” powers HUDs and can be configured to maximize production in almost any industry. The

software interface works with many different AR devices such as Smart Glasses and visor headsets. The voice activated user interface improves work site safety since workers no longer need to juggle equipment and hand-held devices.

With the small attachable device from Heads Up Safe, any pair of safety glasses can become an alert system. The small sensor box slides onto the earpiece of the safety glasses, and an LED array on a flexible boom is positioned just inside the worker’s peripheral vision. As hazardous conditions are discovered, the system alerts workers using a specific color on the array. Once the hazard has been cleared, workers are alerted by a different color on their display that it is safe to return to work. Additionally, site personnel can manually send out an alert through the Heads Up Safe app on either an Android or iPhone. The attachable device must be charged before use through a micro USB connector.

The AR enhanced hard hat from DAQRI has a drop-down HUD integrated into the helmet. The visor display is right in the workers’ line of sight. There’s no need for them to look down at their tablets or smart phones to get their information. Workers remain focused on their surroundings and out of dangerous situations. DAQRI partnered with Topcon Positioning Group to develop this technology, which increases productivity and efficiency since technical drawings and specs will always be available for you to view. DAQRI‘s helmet will also increase safety on the jobsite by utilizing the built-in sensors to scan for potential hazardous conditions and alerting the crew.

Employee Wearables Improve Safety and Productivity

How do you keep track of worksite hazards? Worker injuries? Which sub-contractor is at which jobsite? Triax Technologies has developed an employee wearable that automates these and many other processes. The spot-r wearable sensor clips onto a worker’s belt and provides management with real-time information. These networked devices allow management to locate workers via the mobile dashboard. The dashboard reports workers’ location and any jobsite hazards or injuries.

The spot-r wearable technology identifies and quickly alerts management to slip, trip, and fall incidents so that workers can receive aid faster. The software compiles and tracks jobsite safety occurrences. The spot-r wearable device also has a self-alert feature that gives workers the ability to report unsafe or hazardous conditions. Because the devices are networked, management or other authorized users can send out an evacuation alert to all jobsite workers if unsafe conditions occur. The wearables are waterproof and impact resistant and have a one-year battery.

The cloud-based software gives management the ability to analyze safety incidents in many ways: by individual worker, jobsite, sub-contractor, or type of incident. Additionally, the software can be utilized to clock workers in and out of the jobsite eliminating the need for time clocks or paper and pencil time cards and automating the payroll process.