RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia recently developed a vest that uses a sensor to measure a worker's body temperature and heart rate and sends the data wirelessly to a smartphone app, which can alert the user of any anomalies. Dr Ruwini Edirisinghe, Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in RMIT's School of Property, Construction and Project Management, devised the vest as part of her research to improve worker safety.
Building and construction workers are at a higher risk of death or injury than those in many other occupations with heat-related illness being a chief concern:
"Globally, the construction industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of its safety record," said Edirisinghe, who has a background in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and smart technologies in construction research.
"Construction workers in extreme temperatures and humid environments, confined spaces and near radiant heat sources are vulnerable to risks."