How ISG’s approach to digital construction is transforming on site health and safety

26 November 2018

ISG's game-changing approach to digital construction has been featured in a Construction Manager piece into how it is embracing technology to improve health and safety standards on its projects.

ISG's game-changing approach to digital construction has been featured in a Construction Manager piece into how it is embracing technology to improve health and safety standards on its projects.

The story profiles the work of ISG’s ‘Tech Incubator’ initiative in harnessing innovative technology to transform health and safety on site. 

The article, which features heavy input from health and safety director, Cavan Woods, highlights ISG’s use of QR codes on site in ensuring that non-English speakers are aware of any on site risks and important information regarding the project.

“They are utilised massively in retail and manufacturing, but construction doesn’t seem to have identified just how flexible they are,” says Cavan. 

“A good example would be the safety information sheets we place outside of an energised switch room – they talk about the hazards and what people need to do in order to remain safe. 

“At the bottom of the bulletin it will say ‘Do you want to know more? Scan the QR code.’” 

Cavan also references other innovations that ISG has in the pipeline, including using machine learning to detect if workers are wearing the correct PPE.

“We are looking at placing cameras at the entrances of our projects; when you go into the construction area, it does a check of PPE compliance.”

Another smart solution in operation is the Bluetooth beacon technology ISG is using to communicate safety information across its construction sites. 

“These tiny little Bluetooth chips can send out signals and what we have found is they are eminently programmable,” says Cavan. “In conjunction with the tech incubator team, we have programmed them to send out safety signals.”

When it comes to what the future holds for ISG and its use of technology on site, Cavan believes the sky is the limit.

“The applicability of technology is only limited by your imagination,” he says. 

“We are not developing products for technology’s sake – we are in the business of developing products which are going to have a tangible safety benefit for our project and for the industry.”

Follow the link to read the full article, ‘Interiors: Fit-out safety gets a tech boost’, which can be found at constructionmanagermagazine.com. Please note the article may only be available for registered users.