by Brianna Crandall — February 16, 2018 — Triax Technologies, a provider of technology for the connected jobsite, has just announced Spot-r EvacTag, billed as the first construction-specific solution of its kind to alert workers to a jobsite emergency evacuation in real time.
Spot-r EvacTag is integrated with Triax’s proprietary network and flagship Spot-r Clip, a wearable device that automatically connects to the Spot-r network when workers arrive on site, automating headcount procedures and pinpointing worker location. Spot-r Clip records slips, trips, or falls at the jobsite and sends alerts to designated supervisors. Workers can also use a pushbutton to report an issue, hazard, or other injury.
Placed on each floor or near each exit, the new Spot-r EvacTag is a plug-and-play solution that requires no daily maintenance and easily adheres to any surface. In the inherently hazardous construction environment with competing noises and priorities, Spot-r EvacTag supplements the emergency evacuation alerts sent to each worker’s Spot-r Clip with a high-decibel siren and LED lighting.
Designated supervisors can trigger can trigger each Spot-r EvacTag alarm on site simultaneously via the Spot-r cloud-based dashboard, accessible from any smart device or desktop. Upon hearing or seeing the alert, workers will have received training to evacuate to their muster point. The dashboard allows supervisors to monitor evacuation progress by providing real-time worker headcounts and locations by floor and zone via their Spot-r Clips, helping to ensure fast and safe egress.
According to Chad Hollingsworth, cofounder and CEO, Triax Technologies:
Until now, construction firms didn’t have an effective or scalable way to notify the entire jobsite in the event of an emergency evacuation. Contractors typically relied on air horns or costly, custom alarm systems which become ineffective as structures are built and the project scope increases. By enabling supervisors to trigger an audible, visual site-wide alarm, Spot-r EvacTag significantly strengthens existing evacuation procedures and provides critical visibility that supports our core safety mission.
Don Naber, senior vice president and director of Risk Management, Gilbane Building Co., pointed out:
When it comes to site evacuation, every second counts. We are excited about the Spot-r EvacTag because it significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to evacuate workers. Also, because Spot-r lets us track worker headcounts and locations in real-time, we can be sure everyone is accounted for. The safety benefits it offers are critical.
Spot-r EvacTag is intended to increase safety and enhance current safety best practices on the jobsite, and should be used in conjunction with, and not as a replacement of, such practices, reminds Triax.