Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

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Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

Hi, my name is Richard, and I have an obsession with heavy construction equipment. It all began when I was just a little kid. My dad used to work in construction, and he would sometimes let me visit the site he was working on. I was fascinated by these giant machines that could lift impossible weights, dig massive holes and demolish buildings in the blink of an eye. Even though I didn't go on to work in the construction business myself, I follow the industry very closely. I decided to start a blog so I had somewhere to share my thoughts. I hope you enjoy reading it.


3 Technologies That Construction Safety Inspectors Should Adopt

As a height safety equipment inspector in a startup construction company, you are responsible for ensuring that every site worker observes safety procedures. This is especially true for construction workers using devices at significant heights. Failure to take charge of safety measures might lead to expensive litigation cases or loss of work and reputation. Several developments have been realised regarding height safety inspection gear to facilitate the work of height safety equipment inspectors. Therefore, if you want to guarantee the safety for construction workers under your watch, it is critical to keep up with the latest know-how regarding height safety inspection devices. This article examines some of the recent developments in this area.

HF RFID–Based Inspections 

Currently, construction safety inspectors use worksheets to manage inspection checklists and entries for equipment in use. Although the manual system works, it has its drawbacks. For instance, if a job site is extensive and you are the only height safety inspector, the process becomes time consuming. Additionally, sharing inspection information can be difficult if you are in charge of more than one construction site. However, manufacturers have developed a high-frequency radio-frequency identification (HF RFID) inspection–based system to solve the challenge. Safety inspection personnel have to scan the RFID tag first before gaining access to the inspection checklist. Once the inspection process is complete, the recorded results are stored automatically in a central repository. The system ensures quick access to records and promotes real-time sharing. Most importantly, HF-RFID–based inspection guarantees that safety inspectors can conduct checks as and when required.

Climbing Robots 

With advances in technology and continued approvals for the construction of skyscrapers, boom lifts are reaching unprecedented heights. Currently, the tallest boom platform offers more than 19 stories of working height. Since boom lifts can develop mechanical issues while in use, inspection can become a challenge. When faced with such a problem, sending inspection workers to inspect the shaft is the only solution. However, the same inspection work can be done by climbing robots that are equipped with high-resolution inspection cameras. The remote-controlled robots can scale unprecedented heights and inspect equipment from any position, regardless of weather conditions.

Scaffold Inspection and Handover Application 

As the standard equipment for working at height, the ubiquity of scaffolding in the construction industry is understandable. However, managing data regarding scaffolds can be challenging for height safety inspection officers since most contractors rent scaffolds. The information is then shared with the rental company. This scaffold inspection and handover app is an emerging mobile-based technology that allows real-time sharing of inspection information. For instance, if you detect a defect in the scaffolding, you can send the data to the scaffolding rental company immediately for replacement using the application.

For more information about height safety equipment inspection, contact an industry professional.