A new innovative application has been designed for architects and designers to improve health and safety standards for the construction industry, intended to reduce injuries and save lives around the world.
Developed by a team of researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University, the app makes use of images and video to highlight certain issues related to individual building designs, with funding provided by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
In a test of the app, designers were able to identify hazards in design 599 times, with architects spotting more than three times the number of hazards as their counterparts who weren’t using the app. And for civil engineers, the figure was five times as big.
“We wanted to create a knowledge database that recognises there are many design options, and each has its own pros and cons when it comes to health and safety. Therefore, designers can make informed decisions.
“A key factor for this research was the visual nature of the digital app’s content, which seemed to work best with new graduates. But its real potential lies in being able to capture knowledge from more experienced designers for the next generation to counter the age-old problem of ‘organisational memory loss’ and prevent the same old mistakes that cause accidents and ill health being repeated,” lead on the project professor Billy Hare said.
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