A real-time monitoring system for improving construction workers' health and safety

Zou, P, Xu, N, Yang, J, Ma, S and Li, P 2015, 'A real-time monitoring system for improving construction workers' health and safety', in Mike Beam and Ciaran McAleenan (ed.) Proceedings of the CIB W099 Belfast 2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015, pp. 19-29.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A real-time monitoring system for improving construction workers' health and safety
Author(s) Zou, P
Xu, N
Yang, J
Ma, S
Li, P
Year 2015
Conference name CIB W099
Conference location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Conference dates 9-11 September 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the CIB W099 Belfast 2015
Editor(s) Mike Beam and Ciaran McAleenan
Publisher EEI Publishing
Place of publication Downpatrick, United Kingdom
Start page 19
End page 29
Total pages 11
Abstract While previous research have been undertaken to improve construction site safety, from manual handlings, management systems, to human skills, behaviors and culture, it is believed that the next step must focus on application of information technology (IT) on construction sites. The aim of this research is to design and develop a real-time system for monitoring construction sites workers' health and safety conditions. Through the university-industry collaborative effort, a real-time monitoring system is designed and developed and it is currently being pilot applied in a construction site. This system has the following functions: (1) Real-time monitoring of workers' physiological conditions (such as heart beat rates, and body temperatures); (2) Real-time tracking of worker's physical working positions and conditions (such as heights and locations); (3) Real-time communication between managerial staff and site workers. This paper also explains various information technologies adapted for developing the system, together with discussions of the advantages of this system. In addition the paper discusses the costs, training and ethical issues in relation to the development and application of the system. Furthermore, it highlights the lessons learned from the development process, and discusses potential future research. This research contributes to advanced information technology development for improving workers' health and safety on construction sites.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) information technology (IT)
real-time
tracking
monitoring
ISBN 9781909854017
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