HS2 contractor Mace Dragados joint venture is using wearable social distancing technology from OnSite Support.
Called the ZoneRanger, the device is a centrally charged, small, lightweight device that can be affixed to a site safety helmet, wristband or cord, and it bleeps to alert the user if they come within two metres of a colleague, helping to ensure that covid-safe working practices are maintained.
Mace Dragados joint venture, which is working with HS2 Ltd and its station designers to build the new London Euston station, has been using the device on its construction sites for the past three months.
John Brooks, site operations and logistics lead at Mace Dragados joint venture, said: “ZoneRanger has helped our on-site teams to maintain social distancing while they carry out their day-to-day activities. This has been important for the wellbeing of our people, allowing them to carry out their work with the confidence that they are doing so safely.
“What’s more, as a sector that has been given the opportunity to continue through the various lockdowns, we recognise that construction has a responsibility to lead the way on covid-19 compliance and we’re delighted that ZoneRanger is helping us to achieve that.”
Warren Lynes, MD of OnSite Support, said: “We’re delighted to be on board with HS2 and supplying the very latest technology and equipment solutions to enhance the safety, comfort and wellbeing of those working on site. We feel this is a critical part of ensuring HS2 is a legacy project.
“By working collaboratively with our clients we have successfully developed solutions which are a perfect match for their requirements and we look forward to partnering on innovation long into the future.”
OnSite Support is now developing the product further so it can also be used to enhance safe distancing between people and plant machinery on construction sites.
Other wearable social distancing tech on HS2: https://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/helmet-mounted-social-distancing-tech-hs2-jv/