Publications / 2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia

Wearable Technology for Highway Maintenance and Operation Safety: A Survey of Workers' Perception and Preferences

Sepehr Sabeti, Omidreza Shoghli, Nichole Morris and Hamed Tabkhi
Pages 320-327 (2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia, ISBN 978-952-69524-2-0, ISSN 2413-5844)

Securing the safety of highway work zones is one of the most pressing issues in the highway maintenance and oper-ation community. Recent studies have indicated that high-way workers keep suffering from fatal injuries and death caused by traffic, long-night shifts, and limited space for ma-neuvering. In the meantime, recent advances in wearable technology have provided promising potential in the context of safety in different disciplines, especially building construc-tion. However, highway workers have been underrepresented and limited information is available about their perception, preferences and ideas toward wearable technology. With this, in this paper, we document our early results in investigating the perception of highway workers toward wearable technol-ogy and their preferences among available devices to be used for safety purposes. Our results highlight a promising po-tential for the application of wearable technology in highway work zones and an acceptable level of engagement from the body of highway workers. Therefore, we envision this study to energize developers for further research and investment in the application of wearable technology in highway work zone safety.

Keywords: Wearable Technology; Highway Work Zones; Safety; User Experience; Worker-centered Design