Bewley Homes is testing a number of social distancing wristbands that vibrate when workers come within two metres of each other, reminding them to be vigilant about staying two metres apart while on site.
The social distancing wristbands have been developed by One.site, a division of leading construction communications provider UK Connect, and contain in-built sensors which can recognise each other and are programmed to generate a low vibration should one wristband come within two metres of one another.
The first tests have been successful, and Bewley Homes is expecting to roll out the social distancing wristbands across all its construction sites.
Over the last three months, Bewley Homes explored a number of innovative, tech-driven ways to protect its workforce against contracting Covid-19. Teaming up with One.site, part of UK Connect, the company has also introduced measures including remote induction and contactless sign-in on sites.
“Nearly every aspect of life has changed, if not forever, certainly for the next few months,” said Bewley’s managing director Andrew Brooks. “Construction sites are no different and how we work on site has moved on. Putting the onus on our sub-contractors to meet the new health and safety requirements is not enough. We need to put easily implemented measures in place to ensure a productive and safe day’s work.
“The challenge is about changing habits of workers on the construction site, which have been engrained over many years. Unless the message is continually reinforced, human nature takes over and people will gravitate back to how they have always behaved.”
The social distancing wristbands are being introducing to help workers to keep to the distancing protocols, he explained.
“It’s not the only answer for the continued, important fight against the coronavirus, but added to the other important measures we are installing, hand on heart, we can say we are doing everything we can to keep workers safe,” said Brooks.
“It was imperative we didn’t infringe on people’s privacy, so the technology doesn’t track and trace workers movements. It’s there as a reminder for workers to keep their distance. It’s worked incredibly well and we are very pleased with the trial so far. The next step, this month, will be to roll out the wrist bands across all our sites.”