A prototype of smart clothing for construction work health and safety

Edirisinghe, R and Blismas, N 2015, 'A prototype of smart clothing for construction work health and safety', in Mike Behm, Ciaran McAleenan (ed.) Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015, pp. 1-9.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A prototype of smart clothing for construction work health and safety
Author(s) Edirisinghe, R
Blismas, N
Year 2015
Conference name CIB W099: Safety and Health in Construction
Conference location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Conference dates 9-11 September 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099)
Editor(s) Mike Behm, Ciaran McAleenan
Publisher CIB
Place of publication Rotterdam, Netherlands
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Heat related illness is a serious health concern for construction workers in tropical climates or those working under hot and humid environmental conditions. It can cause damage to body organs and the nervous system resulting in permanent disability or even death. Development of systems for construction workers to detect and alert temperature-warning signs early is a timely and strategic need. The advancement and rapid development of wearable computers and wearable electronics has produced electronic textiles. This paper presents the smart safety vest prototype developed to senses the temperature and alert the wearer and surrounding workers/management about thermal abnormalities. It can be used as an early warning system for construction workers. The LilyPad Arduino platform was used as the main technology. The LilyPad Arduino board and input output sensors were stitched into a safety vest. The Lilypad Surface temperature readings were continuously measured. The temperature variations were alerted in visual format using coloured LED lights and in audible format using a speaker stitched on to the safety vest. Early detection of heat stroke conditions can mean the difference between life and death for construction workers. Hence, it is expected that the proposed technology will enable a step change in construction personal protective equipment globally, thereby contributing to the vision of a smart construction site.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) smart clothing
construction
occupational health and safety
safety vest
Copyright notice Copyright © 2015 CIB W099 Safety and Health on Construction
ISBN 9781909854017
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