May 14, 2018

Gilbane applies CT tech to worker safety

A Norwalk technology maker and a leading Rhode Island building contractor say they have teamed to equip construction workers with wearable sensors for improving job-site safety, among other potential benefits.

Triax Technologies and Providence-based Gilbane Building Co. say Triax's "Spot-r Clip'' network of clip-on sensors linked to a cloud-based digital tracking system that monitors in real time the location of every worker on a construction site.

The monitors also can identify unsafe behaviors among workers that could contribute to falls, slips and trips, according to Triax co-founder and CEO Chad Hollingsworth. Triax specializes in digital solutions for the construction industry.

Spot-R is especially useful, officials say, in the event of a site evacuation, because alerts can be sent instantaneously to every worker on the site.

Gilbane is well-known in Connecticut for its work on a number of public and private building projects, including its current engagement as general contractor for the $147 million makeover of the state Office Building on Capitol Avenue, and construction of an adjoining parking garage.

Aside from Spot-R's safety benefits, which can directly impact on insurance costs, Gilbane is looking at ways to integrate Spot-R with its project-controls system to automate daily work-hour reporting and other time and attendance recording, said Gilbane Chief Information Officer Jason Pelkey.

"We are excited about exploring the numerous possibilities to reduce manual inputs through this technology,'' Pelkey said.

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