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Safety hackathon to tackle construction risks

Hackathon

A three-day health and safety hackathon is being held to bring together the construction and technology industries to tackle a range of real world health and safety challenges.

The Association for Project Safety (APS) said that it would use virtual reality and new technology to help staff in the construction industry avoid work related long-term health problems and life changing injuries.

APS said that the three-day hackathon event – developed with Hack Construct – would help health and safety risk management professionals see the world through virtual eyes and introduce software developers, data scientists, web designers and gamers to opportunities in the construction sector.

“Digital technology has the potential to provide phenomenal tools to address health and safety challenges, and the upcoming hackathon will explore and evaluate various solutions to improve health and safety risk management,” said APS chief executive Lesley McLeod.

“It is vital the construction sector works with innovators in new technology so, together, we can develop ways to stop workers dying or contracting long-term health problems.”

Hack Construct co-founder and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff associate Ryan Tennyson added: “Hackathons are relatively new to the construction industry but such events have helped fuel and fast-track innovation and start-ups in the tech industry for close to a decade.

“The construction industry is becoming increasingly digitised, and its members are now regularly coming into contact with people from the tech industry who have very different, diverse skill sets and experience.”

APS said that the hackathon will be free to attend and will run from Friday 18 November to Sunday 20 November at MadLab, a digital innovation work space in Manchester.

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