Wearable Sensing Devices: Towards the Development of a Personalized System for Construction Safety and Health Risk Mitigation

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dc.contributor.author Nnaji, Chukwuma
dc.contributor.author Awolusi, Ibukun
dc.contributor.author Park, JeeWoong
dc.contributor.author Albert, Alex
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.contributor.other University of Texas System
dc.contributor.other University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
dc.contributor.other Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
dc.contributor.other University of Nevada Las Vegas
dc.contributor.other North Carolina State University
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-25T20:33:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-25T20:33:14Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Nnaji, C., Awolusi, I., Park, J., Albert, A. (2021): Wearable Sensing Devices: Towards the Development of a Personalized System for Construction Safety and Health Risk Mitigation. Sensors. 21(3).
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8062
dc.description.abstract Wearable sensing devices (WSDs) are increasingly helping workers stay safe and healthy in several industries. However, workers, especially in the construction industry, have shown some aversion towards the use of WSDs due to their ability to capture specific information that may be considered personal and private. However, this revered information may provide some critical insight needed by management to plan and optimize worksite safety and support technology adoption in decision making. Therefore, there is a need to develop personalized WSD systems that are mutually beneficial to workers and management to ensure successful WSD integration. The present study aims to contribute to knowledge and practice by filling this critical gap using insight from 330 construction workers with experience using WSDs. The results from this study indicate that all 11 WSD functions identified through this study play a vital role in improving worker safety and health and that approximately two out of three workers are open to sharing the physiological and environmental information captured using these WSDs with their management. However, functions for detecting workers' proximity to workplace hazards, specifically energized electrical materials, toxic gas, and fire/smoke, were the most critical functions that had mutual value to workers and management. Finally, the present study proposed and evaluated a phased personalized WSD system that should encourage successful WSD integration. en_US
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher MDPI
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject wearable sensing device
dc.subject safety technology
dc.subject worker health
dc.subject construction management
dc.subject IoT
dc.subject Chemistry, Analytical
dc.subject Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
dc.subject Instruments & Instrumentation
dc.subject Chemistry
dc.subject Engineering
dc.title Wearable Sensing Devices: Towards the Development of a Personalized System for Construction Safety and Health Risk Mitigation en_US
dc.type text
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/s21030682
dc.identifier.orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8723-8609
dc.identifier.orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3725-4376
dc.identifier.orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2205-6585

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