Exactly WHY Proximity Warning Systems are becoming a requirement in construction!

7TH MARCH 2023



Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the world, with a high incidence of accidents and fatalities. In recent years, the construction industry has started to embrace new technologies that can improve safety on construction sites. One of the most significant of these technologies is proximity warning systems.

Tag-based proximity warning system use a combination of vehicle mounted systems and pedestrian tags to protect workers on a construction site in real-time. If a worker and a machine get too close to each other the system will set off a series of alerts, helping to prevent collisions or workers being struck by moving equipment. Furthermore, using GPS and cellular technology, the exact time and location of the event is recorded, for review and analysis via a cloud based platform.

The effectiveness of proximity warning systems has been demonstrated by several studies. A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that proximity warning systems reduced the number of accidents involving workers and mobile equipment by nearly 70%. Another study published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management found that the use of a PWS reduced the number of collisions between heavy equipment and workers by 34%.

Safety professionals can utilise the data gathered by these systems to gain a deeper understanding of the high-risk areas and behaviours of workers and equipment on a construction site. This information can be used to identify patterns and trends that may be contributing to accidents and to develop strategies for reducing the risk of accidents.

For example, construction companies can use heatmaps to identify areas of a construction site where accidents are most likely to occur, or data analytics to determine which types of equipment are most often involved in near misses. This information can be used to improve safety by making changes to the construction site or by modifying the way that workers and equipment are used.

Data analytics can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of different safety interventions, such as the use of proximity warning systems. By comparing data before and after the implementation of a safety intervention, construction companies can determine the impact of the intervention and identify areas for further improvement.

Proximity warning technology is helping to make the construction industry safer for everyone involved and is contributing to a culture of safety that values the well-being of workers above all else.

Find out more information on our SensorZone proximity warning system, and see how we can help you to improve safety on your site.

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