Last edited 19 Apr 2021

Social distancing on construction sites

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Reactec SafeDistance is wearable tech that alerts workers when they violate safe distancing guidelines.


[edit] Introduction

Social distancing is a concept that has existed for several decades. As a health and safety concept, the phrase is associated with physical proximity requirements as they relate to the prevention of the spread of contagious illnesses. It has become a part of 'normal' life since the detection of COVID-19 in Wuhan City in December 2019 and the subsequent introduction of lockdown measures in the UK on 23 March 2020.

[edit] Government recommendations

On construction sites, social distancing guidelines from the Government make recommendations for:

For more on these guidelines, see Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).

[edit] Practising social distancing on construction sites

Many techniques and devices have emerged to improve social distancing on site, including both low and high tech measures.

Low tech measures include:


ProGlove app pairs with barcode scanners to create an alert when social distancing measures are violated.

High tech tools include:

Some of these devices were already being used on construction sites for other purposes, they have just been redesigned to assist with social distancing.

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