Construction wearables are appearing more frequently on job sites. Some of them improve comfort while others heighten safety levels. Here is a sample of some of the top wearables in construction to watch for.
While not a new concept, the technology behind heated jackets is improving. They have battery packs that can last at least eight hours and are much lighter, with most weighing no more than two pounds. Some companies are making them reflective for construction and other outdoor workers and even using rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. More jackets are offering heat settings to suit wearer comfort.
Cooling vests are one of the more common wearables in construction. Most use a fluid cooling system consisting of an ice water bladder with a mini-pump and cooling tubes. The water is pumped through the tubes to keep the wearer cooler in hot weather. There are also ventilation vests and personal air conditioning vests that are battery-operated and use small fans to distribute air around the wearer.
Smart Cap sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but it can improve worker safety. It monitors fatigue levels by checking the wearer’s brain waves. If a worker starts to doze off, it vibrates or makes a noise to make them stop what they’re doing until they are more alert.