Unions wary of safety technology piloted by Gilbane

SAFETY TRACKER: Gilbane Building Co. is piloting a safety device called a ­Spot-R, at work sites outside Rhode Island. It registers data on worker falls and allows management to identify where the injured worker is located. Paul Bechard III, an insurance account associate, demonstrates the device at the company’s Providence headquarters.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
SAFETY TRACKER: Gilbane Building Co. is piloting a safety device called a ­Spot-R, at work sites outside Rhode Island. It registers data on worker falls and allows management to identify where the injured worker is located. Paul Bechard III, an insurance account associate, demonstrates the device at the company’s Providence headquarters.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Workplace falls can be deadly on construction sites. More commonly, they lead to lost time and productivity when workers are injured. Falls are the most common cause of death for construction workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, accounting for nearly 39 percent of the 991 deaths in construction reported in 2016. With an…
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