The Future of Safety and Efficiency on Jobsites

The Insurance Industry Helps Point the Way

By David Gaw, Founder, CEO – Sensera Systems

The insurance industry has been criticized as being slow to “digitize”. For the Construction industry however, they seem to be helping lead the way. Executives from several leading insurance groups point out four important safety and efficiency impacts real-time video monitoring brings to construction:

  1. Promotes Safety – Video monitoring can: enable the capture of incidents and near misses; help project safety teams correct bad habits sooner; and enable remote oversight of safety compliance.
  2. Promotes Productivity – Real-time video provides project teams with: increased awareness of where and when resources should be allocated; identify issues, as-built, to avoid unnecessary re-work; and identify areas of risk. Detailed visual documentation provides a clear benefit when it comes to quality and safety. In essence, it provides another ‘set of eyes’ on the job site to help identify and correct issues, in order to avoid losses and violations.
  3. Lessens Burden for Subcontractors – Video monitoring and automated visual documentation help support the relationship between the Contractor and subcontractors by substantiating work was done correctly. Having visual documentation greatly simplifies resolving defect claims by showing: who did each part of the job; whether the job was done correctly; and when the work was completed.
  4. Assist in the Claims Process – Having good visual documentation can expedite the claims process and avoid ‘he-said-she-said’ scenarios. Often a claim involves only one subcontractor. Having visual documentation can help avoid having multiple subcontractors looped into a claims process that is not relevant to them.

The benefits of video monitoring are clear to insurance experts;  “I think they are going to be pretty ubiquitous on any job site of reasonable size,” said Adrien Robinson, Head of construction, Inland Marine & Complex Casualty, the Hartford.

As GCs begin to learn more about the benefits, the inhibitors to adoption of video monitoring technologies are crumbling. Robinson points out, “Cameras are not new, but some of the basics of these technologies have vastly improved over the last few years. The cost of cameras has decreased rapidly, and the quality of the video has improved dramatically… you also have Cloud storage capabilities and artificial intelligence.”

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References & Additional Reading

4 Ways Video Monitoring Boosts Safety and Efficiency on Construction Sites
Insurers Accept They Were Slow to Adopt Digital
Why Is The Insurance Sector Slow When It Comes To Digital Adoption?

The Maturation of Crane Cameras in Construction

You’re probably hearing about “crane cameras” more and more these days. As GC’s are leveraging this tech in several different ways, let’s take a look at what these cameras are exactly and how they’re being used in construction.

Crane Cab Video

One of the earliest use cases for crane cameras was the mounting of cameras on the jib or trolley aimed straight down focused on the load. Real-time video is then displayed in the crane cab providing situational awareness to the operator. HoistCam is one of the leaders in this area.

We are now seeing other use-cases and approaches being taken. Versatile Natures is using a camera (and other sensors) mounted on the hook-block, to provide a more dynamic view of the load/actions. Their system also uses sensors to provide various productivity statistics to the team such as number of picks over time.

Another use case that has become very popular is to use the height and viewpoint that the crane provides as an additional way to capture real-time imagery of the complete jobsite. This imagery supports project teams with a variety of use cases in productivity, safety, quality assurance and coordination.

Crane cameras can be mounted on the tower, jib, or trolley, provided they are solar/battery powered and wireless so that no complex wiring is required. Sensera Systems’ construction cameras are very well suited for this use case. Compact and weighing less than 10 lbs, they can be easily mounted on about any crane location to provide a birds-eye view of the complete job site. High resolution images and real-time streaming video are provided to the entire project team simultaneously.  

When deploying crane cameras it’s important that the system be rugged, lightweight, completely solar/battery powered and reliable. You don’t want to be making too many trips up the crane!

When crane cameras are mounted on the moving part of the crane (jib, trolley) they can capture images from multiple viewpoints and support advanced applications such as Reconstruct’s 2D3D RMap™ & Visual Command Center™ which brings together reality capture, drawings and models and schedule.

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What Security and Safety Alerting Tech is right for You?

There are two main use cases for ‘alerting’ technology on today’s jobsite: Security and Safety.

Security: Security specific cameras should have a richer set of capabilities that include motion detection, low-light video and image capture, continuous video recording, and alerting. The most reliable solutions will also include battery backup and cellular service. 

  • With these advanced cameras, detected motion will trigger the camera to record, capture images (or both) and send an email or text/SMS alert to specified users. 
  • The best solutions will include a video clip or image with the alert to better inform the appropriate response. In addition, cameras equipped with battery backup can continue to record video in the rare case the system is taken down or stolen. If it also has cellular service, the video can continue to be viewed and the camera located for recovery and evidence.   

Risk & Safety: The same technology that is used to secure your jobsite can also be used to achieve safety compliance. For example, you have heavy equipment or crane work taking place in a particular area and you’ve restricted cross-traffic and worker movement in that particular zone. Using area “masks”, you can setup motion-based alerts on entry of the restricted zone so safety managers or supervisors are alerted when a worker is in an area they shouldn’t be.

It’s important to note that camera type and placement are very important to achieving security and safety objectives. Using solar/wireless cameras allows you to place cameras where they are best suited for your use case, not where power or network may be convenient.  Furthermore, construction sites are dynamic, and so you may need to move cameras as the project progresses. Solar/wireless models greatly simplify these moves.

Click here to learn more about Sensera’s SiteWatch PRO2 alerting technology. To learn about additional areas our real-time site intelligence solutions can bring value to your next project visit our Construction Solutions page.