McCarthy is testing heat monitoring technology on utility-scale solar workers
Solar installer McCarthy Building Companies test know portable heat monitoring technology on multiple construction projects. Kenzen’s smart PPE devices monitor workers’ heat status in hot and humid conditions and help predict and prevent heat stress and illness. Together, the organizations will gain valuable insight into how the technology can minimize the risk of heat illness and protect the wider construction workforce.
“Safety is the most important thing we do every day, and on many projects that involve heat awareness and heat illness prevention,” said Pat Devero, McCarthy VP of National Safety. “The Kenzen system is already helping us find new ways to prevent heat illness, helps validate our current heat illness practices and expectations, and is a great example of how embracing technology is changing our industry’s approach to health and safety. can improve.”
The Kenzen device is a sensor worn on a worker’s upper arm that monitors in real time a person’s physiological markers that are at risk for heat injury. This includes a sweat rate monitoring feature that uses an employee’s information and physiological data to calculate and predict their sweat rate in liters per hour. Using a proprietary algorithm, the Kenzen device can alert workers to dangerous heat stress via a smartphone app. The data helps eliminate guesswork about how workers can stay safely hydrated and allows individual workers to know the specific amount of water they need to drink to stay safe.
On-site managers have access to alerts and corporate safety executives use an analytics dashboard to monitor and evaluate risks to individuals and teams, helping them optimize employee safety. McCarthy will use the technology to identify broad trends affecting all projects and take preventive measures to increase safety and productivity.
“The Kenzen pilot was a valuable program for our construction site,” said Andrew Rhines, McCarthy Project Safety Coordinator in Texas. “It benefited the craft professionals at our site and the data collected by Kenzen helped verify many different aspects of our national heat illness prevention plans, including water consumption and scheduled breaks.”
McCarthy and Kenzen are equally committed to protecting user data; the system does not reveal any personal information or reasons why someone falls into a particular heat risk category; it is only used to monitor and manage people based on their individual heat sensitivity.
“McCarthy is a leader in exploring every avenue to keep employees safe,” said Heidi Lehmann, co-founder and president of Kenzen. “The Kenzen system allows them to tailor their approach to individuals, teams and projects because they have access to new, highly detailed information. This information helps manage risk, achieve increased productivity and meet each employee’s unique requirements to work safely.”
McCarthy has selected several pilot projects for the Kenzen system at job sites in Arizona, Georgia and Texas. Employees using the system understand the protective value it provides and appreciate receiving notifications about their body temperature, sweat rate and hydration status – when to stop and rest, and when it is safe to return to work.
“The Kenzen system has been a successful initiative for our team and the way we approach heat illness risk on the ground,” said Sean Blakemore, McCarthy Project Safety Manager in Texas. “The entire Kenzen team is resourceful and helps us maximize the management of the program. The data we collect is an important benefit to us, not only in verifying and confirming our current approach, but it also helps everyone understand the reason for the additional restrictive measures we are taking to limit everyone at the end of the year. safely home every day. ”
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