Concerns Over Artificial Intelligence on Construction Sites
July 16, 2019
For decades, scientists and engineers have been working to develop artificial intelligence (AI) in effort to improve our lives. Yet many people still worry that AI may produce bad outcomes or not live up to its hype. In fact, construction workers recently showed their concerns about AI when they answered a survey about the future of their industry.
The survey asked how they felt about incorporating AI into construction job site processes. Nearly half of the respondents worried AI could lead to more construction injuries or deaths due to reduced safety. Their hesitation toward AI shows they may not want to embrace new technologies until they can be assured they will not contribute to construction site accidents.
Construction Sites and Safety Concerns
It makes sense for construction workers to be cautious about AI. After all, construction sites remain some of the most dangerous places to work. Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Falls from heights. Falls from scaffolding and other high places can cause serious injury and workplace deaths.
- Slipping on surfaces. Both outdoor and indoor construction sites can include multiple slipping and tripping hazards, such as wet ground or potholes.
- Struck-by accidents. Many workers experience cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other medical problems after being hit by objects that fall from or fly off equipment.
- Shocks from electric equipment. Electrocutions happen when electricity travels unsafely from an object to a worker. Electrocution may cause immediate death, severe burns and scarring, or lead to long-term heart problems.
- Being crushed between objects. This type of construction accident happens when a worker becomes caught between a machine’s moving parts, or one moving and one stationary object.
Industry experts are hopeful that AI will help to reduce these types of construction safety concerns. However, most warn that construction workers should still be able to override AI-powered equipment when necessary.
Construction’s Future With AI
Unless the movement toward bringing AI and machine learning into all business fields slows or stops, AI will continue to change construction. To be sure, many people believe AI will encourage productivity, efficiency, and speed rather than bring about job loss and safety concerns. Younger construction workers especially lean toward, rather than away from, AI. In time, we will have a better understanding of whether AI makes construction safer through the ability to continuously learn and evaluate situations. Until that time, we must remain vigilant and ask tough questions before assuming AI makes sense in every circumstance.
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