Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

The Applications of Smart Wearable Sensors to Improve Safety in Construction Projects

Ammar Alzarrad1, M. K. S. Al-Mhdawi2 and Sudipta Chowdhury3

1Department of Civil Engineering, Marshall University, USA.

2School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, Teesside University, UK.

3Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Marshall University, USA.


Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Marshall University, USA. E-mail: The construction industry faces significant occupational risks and has higher rates of worker illnesses, injuries, fatalities, and near-misses compared to other sectors. The advent of smart wearable sensors offers promising opportunities for real-time collection and analysis of safety data for construction workers. This literature review aims to identify research gaps in the current applications of smart sensors in construction projects. Electronic databases, including Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, and IEEE Xplore, were searched for relevant articles published in English between 2018 and 2023. Selected articles were evaluated based on their relevance, research quality, and use of smart sensors in construction site safety. By identifying these research gaps, valuable insights can be gained regarding the effective application of wearable sensor devices to enhance construction workers' safety. This knowledge can contribute to evidence-based practices and inform decision-making in construction safety. Bridging these gaps would promote the adoption of new innovative technologies and their integration into construction work environments, ultimately leading to the creation of safer conditions for construction workers.

Keywords: Wearable Sensor Devices (WSDs), Construction safety, Smart sensors.

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