BAM Nuttall and SmartCap Technologies collaborate to monitor workers' onsite tiredness levels

BAM Nuttall is trialling bluetooth technology to monitor tiredness in construction workers.

Working with Australian firm SmartCap Technologies Pty Ltd, the civil engineering contractor is testing the LifeBand on five workers at one of its rail projects in Wales.

The special headband, which can be worn on its own or inside a safety helmet, monitors brain activity and alerts the wearer to signs of fatigue via Bluetooth, as the risk of microsleep is identified.

“BAM Nuttall has a real appetite to explore technology solutions around the issues regarding health and safety on site,” says Colin Evison, head of innovation at BAM Nuttall.

“After hearing about SmartCap’s success with drivers of vehicles in Australian mining operations, we made initial contact last year with their team to see whether they could transfer their technology to suit more of a construction environment. Things have progressed and we now have five units being tested on our rail framework in Wales and a trial in Scotland is imminent too.”

Life also gives out early warning alerts to vehicle drivers or operators of plant if they show the early signs of fatigue.

“It’s still early days, but early results indicate that fatigue awareness is already raised by those wearing the LifeBand. This device is effective in detecting symptoms of fatigue; something many people may be unaware of when at work, ensuring our workforce is safe on and off site.”

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