Three Ways to Improve Jobsite Productivity and Safety

3 Ways to Improve Jobsite Productivity and Safety

Technology is helping contractors gather data at the job site to make more informed decisions, improving productivity, safety, and the bottom line.

So which technologies are deemed some of the hottest on the job site now? Industry insiders point to drones, lasers, and wearables, to name a few.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) provided an overview through CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 online. Learn more at

1. Lasers and Digital Technologies Improve Quality, Reduce Waste

While both laser and digital tools have been available for some time, widespread availability and lower entrance price points are making their precision available to a growing number in the workforce.

“From laser levels and layout guides to laser measurers, new tools are coming on the market that are more precise and affordable,” says Russ Gardner of Calculated Industries.

“Now, measurements can be accurate to one-thousandth of an inch or a degree, helping improve quality and reduce material waste,” he added.

Equipping employees with such tools will help them build better and faster, and taking a systematic approach to the planned replacement of existing old technology with the new technology can be a cost-effective approach.

2. Drones Improve Speed, Precision

Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine – December 7, 2015: Commercial filming of building industry. New flying Chroma Blade drone, quadcopter with 4K CGO3 camera.

Drones are becoming more familiar on the job site. Construction is one of the industries that is anticipated to see the largest drone spending this year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

“Drones allow companies to survey the work site, improving the speed and precision of their projects,” says Ryan Liss of Explorer Software. “Drone usage allows quick

Hovering drone that takes pictures of city sights

and accurate inspections in areas that are difficult to see.”

Today, drones can be outfitted to mark global positioning system (GPS) locations or take an infrared picture of a concrete wall to examine possible defects. This allows construction companies to more accurately see projects, plan accordingly and quickly adjust as the project moves forward.

3. Wearables Improve Employee Safety

Wearable technology can increase both the safety and security of construction workers along with their efficiency.

This technology too is becoming more common on the job site, as price points begin to drop, and implementation and training become more affordable and faster.

Ryan Liss points to vests that can detect a worker’s temperature and cool them down when needed or a boot that detects when a worker slips and falls.

Another example: wearable technology with biometric systems that track heart rate to help companies prevent worker exhaustion.

As the scope of wearable technology rapidly increases, “companies will have to first identify what it is they want a technology to improve on the job site and then determine which technology is right for them,” Liss says.

Learn more about industry trends and technologies through the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 initiative ( of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).