Up to 80% of all occupational accidents are the result of human error. Behind them is a lack of situational awareness
– the inability to recognise the critical signs in one’s surrounding environment that may lead to danger. Since this is affected by the
limited capacity of a person’s attention, maintaining higher situational awareness plays a key role in detecting hazards and avoiding potential accidents.
Eye Tracking Technology
To assess this, eye-tracking technology has now been used by US research group SARMAD, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s
department of psychology and the vision, attention, memory and perception (VAMP) lab. to measure the situational awareness of construction workers
and understand the causes of human error on the job. They hope this will help workers identify and prevent potential accidents.
Dr Behzad Esmaeili who led the research with Dr Michael D Dodd and Sogand Hasanzadeh, equipped 14 participants with the Tobii Pro eye-tracking glasses.
They were told to navigate a real-world construction site and perform several tasks, all while being exposed to various controlled safety hazards.
The glasses captured live gaze data showing exactly where the workers were looking and how they experienced their surroundings.
The data gathered presented a clear picture of what goes into being a “safe worker” and how they went about distributing their attention in a measured
and focused way.
Detecting At Risk Workers
Dr. Esmaeili, who is now with George Mason University, observed that:
“The study provided a wealth of information about situational awareness as it relates to real-world construction sites, It proved the
validity of using eye tracking to evaluate on the job safety .Construction companies can rely on the technology to detect at-risk workers with low
situational awareness, eliminate unattended hazards on construction sites, and create best practices for training workers on how to be more alert on the job.
IoT (Internet of Things) and OSM (Off-Site Manufacture)
Readers who have picked up on recent trends in IoT, H&S and OSM will no doubt recognise the prospect of ‘intelligent Hard Hats’ that include eye
tracking and related assessment software soon being available. Whether HM H&SE are far behind in requiring this to become the norm for PPE is another
(lurking) question. In the meantime there is little doubt that integrating the use of more components that are produced off-site under factory controlled
conditions, can go a long way to helping to prevent accidents on-site. This includes the availability of carefully selected complimentary components and
methods, for which our expanding Specialist Merchants division is increasingly active, as well as providing unusual and hard to find environmentally sound,
eco-friendly, sustainable and complimentary building products and components.
Your Partner in Development
Whether you are an architect, builder or private client, almost certainly you will (at least soon) be aware that building sites can be very
dangerous places. Working with our teams we believe will help you to provide safer sites as well as better value and more readily marketable homes.
Our specialist services deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals
seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill , hazardous waste separation and handling, and delivers better value for you and your customers.
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