- The project has been trialed successfully in the USA, Spain and Portugal.
- The initiative is in line with the company’s focus on worker health, safety and well-being
Ferrovial has tested a system of wearables to improve safety conditions for workers and for users of its infrastructure. The initiative is in line with the company’s focus on the health, safety and well-being of its workers.
The successful system uses proximity sensors in vests, helmets and other devices that are linked to the machinery operating on site. When a hazardous situation is detected, the system triggers a triple alert — physical, visual and acoustic — to avoid an accident. The goal is to eliminate accidental interactions between personnel and heavy machinery, contributing to greater control over safety.
The project is part of SHWIL (Safety, Health, Wellbeing Innovation Lab), an innovation program focused on improving the safety of employees and infrastructure users with new technologies. It was first tested in the United States by construction subsidiary Webber. Following the successful first trial, pilot projects were rolled out on the Club del Mar expansion project in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and on the Oporto Metro (Portugal) extension. The devices were supplied by GKD.
Ferrovial is firmly committed to innovation and technology, particularly in applications to improve the safety of both workers and users of the company’s infrastructures. Health and safety are core features of the company’s strategy, with prevention (i.e., anticipating risk) as a key element.
The company has many other initiatives under way in this area. It provides training courses on how to operate in risk situations using virtual reality goggles and the Infraverse (Ferrovial’s metaverse) environment. This makes it possible to replicate actual danger situations and give trainees the necessary safety knowledge, significantly reducing the risks associated with certain situations.