Here’s How AI Is Making Construction Work Safer
Construction work is notoriously dangerous. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that one in five worker deaths could be attributed to the construction industry. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The construction industry can become and is becoming, safer with the use of forward-thinking technology: artificial intelligence. Now, the top risks of construction work can be mitigated by AI systems that monitor and report on safety violations and help site managers create safer work environments.
EHS managers and executives can take industry statistics, like the one mentioned above, and utilize that information to inform their management of a worksite. And furthermore, help them by providing AI-powered safety monitoring solutions for their projects. Construction work, by nature, is a hands-on job that requires the physical presence of both workers and site managers.
Site managers and superintendents, however, are still human and cannot see all aspects of the worksite at all times. For this reason, AI is the perfect tool to increase site visibility and automate tracking, so that risks are recognized before they become health, safety, and liability issues.
Artificial Intelligence on the construction site is a proactive approach, instead of the reactive way most sites operate today. AI has the capacity to crunch numbers and recognize hazards in real-time, where it may take a person longer to recognize.
Here’s how AI is making the construction industry safer.
AI can ensure that safety standards and practices are maintained at all times. Where traditional site management may have blind spots, our AI system monitors all aspects of the site simultaneously through video.
The system can recognize when safety violations occur, like when a worker removes their protective gear, or when someone enters a restricted area. AI can also recognize when a worker is in a high-risk zone on the site and will send an alert so that the worker can move to safety.
All of this can happen in real-time, which gives site managers the ability to respond promptly and therefore mitigate any harm. Monitoring a site with AI is a proactive measure that begins before any violations can occur.
This also helps companies ensure OSHA standards are met and prevents violations and any financial costs associated with them. The top safety concerns (besides COVID-19 of course) on the construction site are fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, hazardous energy, ladder usage, struck by trucks, and heavy machinery. All of these are accounted for with AI at all times and can reduce the frequency of injury as well as rule violations.
Responding to Security and Dispute Issues or Incident Management
Site monitoring should offer extended site protection even when work is not happening. The system ensures that, if security is breached on a site, managers are immediately notified. Accidents related to intruder entry, or losses incurred because of a security breach, can be prevented through proactive monitoring and tracking.
The AI system also provides a log of issues that can be reviewed when necessary. If an issue arises with contractors, data pulled from the system can provide clarity and help settle disputes. It can also track the arrival and departure of trucks on the site, to trace timing, account for any issues, or identify who was present and at what time.
This can also help with the delivery of products, to ensure safety, and also to make sure materials are delivered on time.
Ensuring Quality of Work
AI helps site managers ensure the quality of work and the safety of the process. According to Associated Builders and Contractors, demand for work has increased exponentially in 2021 and many new construction workers will need to be hired in order to meet the need.
As new workers are brought to sites, and the number of workers on an individual site increases, so does the risk of accidents. AI can help managers see, in real-time, when employees need further training or knowledge of safety regulations. When site managers receive alerts, they can correct an issue immediately and prevent any accidents ahead of time.
Adapting to New Rules and Regulations
AI provides the construction industry with the ability to adapt quickly to new norms. For example, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction workers must comply with social distancing and PPE requirements. These requirements came about quickly and required workers and managers to learn and monitor a new set of rules.
AI simplifies this process by learning new requirements and regulations and automating monitoring them in real-time. The system can track and alert when social distancing regulations are not met. It can also alert managers when PPE is removed or worn incorrectly.
Precautions like those taken during the COVID-19 pandemic may change as vaccines roll out and other health or safety issues will arise. AI can quickly learn and then implement those regulations to ensure maximum safety at all times.
INDUS.AI is changing the narrative of the construction industry by reducing risk and increasing safety. Artificial intelligence offers a proactive approach to workplace safety so that construction accidents are prevented, not just managed. It offers a comprehensive approach to the EHS needs of the construction industry, covering every element of safety, health, and responsibility on sites.
AI is changing the industry standard and INDUS.AI gives any construction site the ability to reduce the number of workplace risks and accidents through a fully integrated, responsive, and real-time system. Construction workers and site managers can rely on 24/7 data, whether the worksite is active or not, that offers actionable insights to ensure worker and site safety at all times, without compromise. To learn more, contact us.