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The future of site safety

A construction worker enters a busy building site.
He attends a safety briefing via live video link and is provided with an ID badge that contains a data chip with his personal work information.
Monitors at the building site gate detect his ID badge data chip and the remote system checks his clearance level, work qualifications and that he has had the appropriate safety briefings. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) devices in his helmet and work suit are constantly checking his location, temperature and heart rate. 
He knows exactly what to do, where to go and what to expect because of several hours virtual reality training taken prior to the job and his augmented reality glasses are overlaying information over the top of his vision. They highlight various points that need work and are indicating possible hazards and areas with restricted access.
A drone is flying overhead and the remote operator is checking the site is clear and secure. Electronic pillar monitors placed around the work area are checking structures for fire, water and movement. They also check the atmosphere for temperature, humidity, dust particles, pressure, noise vibration and any dangerous chemicals.
All collected information is relayed in real time to the site manager and any concerns are brought to his attention.
This vision of a futuristic building site may sound a bit over-the-top and unnecessary - but it would prevent accidents and perhaps save lives. 
A future building site
Safety is seen as inconvenience
Nobody likes to be 'watched' or monitored at work - even for their own safety. Who would put up with a foreman or site manager following them round all day and constantly stopping them to ask how they were or what they were doing?  They would be seen as an ‘inconvenience’.  In some ways - ‘safety’ - is seen as an inconvenience.
New technology allows us to be an 'invisible' site manager - constantly checking discretely without interrupting or slowing down the flow of work, or distracting the worker. It is taking away the ‘inconvenience’ and thus allowing safety measures to be more user-friendly and easier to implement.
Hydrajaws ethos
Anchors should be tested on-site or in the situation they will be used. Manufacturers can give out test figures – constraints, tolerances etc. but no one knows for certain the effectiveness of the anchor in a construction material that has been exposed to aging or effects of the atmosphere.
Years ago this on-site testing would require large equipment, more time and more manpower (see pic). The ‘inconvenience’ of this probably meant testing would only be done on a few sites or not even done at all.
At Hydrajaws we have created and developed a range of portable testers which have made on-site testing quick, easy and accurate. This simplicity has led to more interest in the testing of anchors on-site and the capability of anchors in general - especially in the construction materials being used. 
This increased interest has seen growth in business for us at Hydrajaws. We have moved to premises twice the size of our original unit and are taking on more staff to cope with demand - including a new Engineering Manager, Robert Hirst. Robert brings 14 years’ experience in developing PPE, Anchorages & Engineering Fall Protection Systems - for 3M Capital Safety.
We remain committed to pushing our safety message of testing anchors, both on-site and in the correct material.
We are constantly increasing our marketing efforts both on social media, the web and out in the field. A recent addition has seen salesmen on the road in a specially commissioned Hydrajaws demonstration van.
Hydrajaws van
We want our testers to be known to every building contractor, fall protection installer and fixing company out there.
Hydrajaws Bluetooth Gauges
Hydrajaws are working to constantly improve and upgrade our gauges to improve the flow of work and the safety of both construction workers and the public in general.
One such advancement is the development of our Hydrajaws Bluetooth Gauge and app. This innovative device replaces the traditional analogue gauge and is unique in the industry.
Hydrajaws have continued to invest in the development of the gauge & app since its inception in 2015. It is now more durable, faster and easier to use. The app which accompanies the gauge is now available on Apple platforms as well as Android, and we have plans to push this innovation even further.
Pictured: An analogue gauge and the latest Bluetooth Digital Gauge.
Jon Craig, Technical Engineer here at Hydrajaws says, ‘we still have many ideas and improvements we are looking to implement in the future to improve our digital gauge and make it easier and simpler – not only to use, but also to purchase and subscribe to.’
After an initial set-up on a mobile or tablet, our Bluetooth gauges can record and process pull-test results and compile them into a full report. This report can be compiled into a PDF and sent by email to anywhere in the world. 
The Hydrajaws Bluetooth Gauge simplifies testing and makes it more convenient. ‘We are so convinced that this system is such an improvement over the standard method that we are offering a free trial to customers to find out for themselves!’ says Jon.
Hydrajaws Bluetooth
To help usability of the gauge, new full colour manuals have been written as well as online guides and videos – all available from the Hydrajaws website. A dedicated webpage of FAQ has been set up to assist with problems and technical staff are available to call here at Hydrajaws.
The Future is safer
The construction industry is getting safer and it will continue to do so. This is, in part, because of advancing technology and changing attitudes. 
Technology is moving forwards and safety is as well – the two are linked. Great news for a safer future!
Article featured in Torque magazine last year.
Posted: 06/03/2019 11:58:59 by Hydrajaws | with 0 comments
Filed under: Future, on-site, Safety, technology, testing