On-site visualisation: LED and safety in work sites

On-site visualisation

On-site visualisation (OSV) is a new technology based on light emitting diodes (LEDs) that makes it easier to monitor potential hazards on construction sites. Using a device equipped with LEDs, OSV measures irregularities at building sites and sends a colour-coded signal to indicate if there is danger of collapse. This technology provides a new level of safety for workers on construction sites, minimising risk not just to property but also to human life.

Safety on construction sites

The safety of workers in high-risk jobs like construction work has always been a concern on projects. While being able to finish a construction project on time is a must, the completion of a project without site-related injuries and accidents is much more important.

But even with various safety practices already in place, many sites still suffer from high rates of on-site injuries, sadly including fatalities. In 2016, the Australian construction industry recorded 17 worker deaths year-to-date, according to the latest figures provided by Safe Work Australia.

This number, while lower compared to those seen in previous years, is nevertheless too high. Even with various measures and protocols being implemented to improve worker safety on construction sites, fatalities are still happening.

On-site visualisation (OSV) a solution

OSV can improve the safety of workers on construction sites by using LEDs and real-time data processing to indicate if part of a site is in danger of collapsing. OSV works by sending colour-coded signals to identify the danger level in areas; blue light means “no irregularities” while yellow and red lights mean “danger of collapse.”

The technology is currently being used to monitor safety levels at three metro system construction areas in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was developed by Prof. Shinichi Akutagawa of the Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering, with the project being implemented in partnership with various private groups including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Other uses of LEDs on construction sites

Construction workers depend on high-quality lights that deliver appropriate brightness, particularly in low-light or other challenging conditions, especially as the industry continues to shift toward night construction and roadway repair. LED technology has continued to evolve so that manufacturers can now offer high lumen products that also maintain high levels of candela and long regulated run times. The right LED lighting can illuminate entire work scenes, including peripheral areas, giving users a distinct safety advantage by illuminating potential hazards near and far. LED technology allows professionals to inspect aerial sites from the ground or examine a potentially dangerous scene from a distance.

For tight spaces and in highly rugged areas, recent innovations in scene lighting offer construction professionals important new safety advantages. The newest scene lights feature narrow footprints, making them easy to store and transport. Workers can deploy these lights in a matter of seconds.

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