Safety standards have been a considerable concern in the construction industry for decades now, following on from it being labelled amongst the most dangerous jobs around. Considerable headway has been made since then in the field of health and safety, but despite all of the efforts, being a builder or working on a construction site remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and likely always will be. You’re working around dangerous equipment all day long, with heavy loads being lifted around you all of the time, dangerous and toxic substances, explosive materials and other fire risks, electrical lines and generators, to name a few. So long as humans are involved in building stuff, these risks will probably persist to some degree or another.
Improving technology offers some tremendous opportunities to improve the safety standards for those who work in the industry. More precision working equipment is being developed constantly, materials that are less dangerous and more light-weight are being developed to replace previous alternatives, there are even drones and other unmanned vehicles being adopted by some in the industry to carry out inspections and do more and more tasks, while the operators get to remain in relative safety.
Of course, some of this technology will take quite a long time to be developed to its full fruition, and it will likely take even longer for it to roll out to all of the smaller operators in the industry, but some are ready to be used right now, both as a means to improving safety and improving efficiency. Take UAV’s (unmanned aerial drones) as an example: These can be used today to get a clear view of the area or building site to identify any safety risks before it becomes a problem. They can also be used to carry out inspections in difficult and dangerous to reach areas.