Sensor-based safety management

Amin Asadzadeh, Mehrdad Arashpour, Heng Li, Tuan Ngo, Alireza Bab-Hadiashar, Ali Rashidi

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The construction industry has one of the most hazardous working environments worldwide, which accounts for about 1 in every 5 occupational fatalities. The high rates of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities cause irreversible harm to workers and are often the source of delays and additional project costs. Improvements in sensor technologies, wireless communication, the processing power of computers, and advancements in machine learning and computer vision are now enabling the development of sensor-based safety management systems. The rapid growth of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has also created opportunities for improving safety management. While considerable progress has been made to improve construction safety, few studies have focused on the integration of sensor-based systems and BIM. This research, which is motivated by the development of such integrated methods, carries out a systematic review of the relevant literature, summarising recent developments of sensor-based safety management systems and advancements in safety management through BIM. The research gaps are identified and an outline for potential future research is provided. The results of the review reveal the potential of combining sensor-driven systems with BIM for improving safety management in construction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103128
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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