The importance of technology has been a popular subject for many years. Every year, new technologies are introduced that allow people in all industries to complete their jobs more quickly, easily, and efficiently. There are also new technologies that keep jobs safer for individuals, reducing workplace accidents and improving job satisfaction among employees.

However, when people think about technology, the construction industry probably isn’t the first that comes to mind. After all, don’t the basic materials used in construction stay the same no matter what?

We’re here to dispel that belief– and explain why the future of the construction industry is being so heavily influenced by the advancement of technology.

Why is technology important in construction?

One simple way this is happening is the introduction of digitalization for safety processes and other important job site information.

Simply using mobile apps to monitor job sites and access information can help people stay up-to-date on the progress of a job, while keeping everyone on the same page when it comes to what tasks need to be completed, by whom, and when.

How can technology keep construction workers safer?

A mobile app can also allow employees quick reference to safety protocols– no need to lug a safety manual binder to the job site. The ability to quickly refer to protocols can drastically reduce risk of injury to workers on job sites.

The use of smart watches can also help to monitor employees’ vital signs. This monitoring can help avoid issues like heatstroke by keeping track of skin temperature and heart rate.

Technology doesn’t always refer to mobile apps and devices. In fact, new technologies in manufacturing can make products that keep employees safer and make construction jobs run more efficiently.

For example, advancements in manufacturing technology create more effective and protective safety equipment, like goggles and hard hats.

Occasionally, employees in the construction industry can come into contact with toxic or dangerous materials. Wearables like watches, vests, or hard hats can also contain sensors that alert an employee if they come across a substance like carbon monoxide– letting them know to leave the area immediately or to make sure they are utilizing the proper equipment to protect themselves from the toxins.

These wearables can also utilize GPS technology that can help to locate workers in the event of an accident– meaning that if someone has been injured, the proper medical treatment can be administered to them much more quickly.

What technology trends will the construction industry be seeing in the future?

The above technologies are still being adopted by construction industries, and are not yet the industry standard. We predict that as new technology advancements continue to be introduced, more and more construction companies will note that their peers who are taking advantage of new technology are keeping their employees safer and working more efficiently– and will follow suit.

At Redstone, we value the importance of advancing technologies. We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of workplace safety, and technologies that can help us keep employees safe while also maximizing productivity are a win-win in our book!

If you’re interested in finding a career at a company that values technology and is prepared to change with the times, look no further than Redstone’s Careers page. We’d love to have you join the team!