AUTOMATION FOR IMPROVED SAFETY IN ROADSIDE CONSTRUCTION
Paper in proceedings, 2013

In this paper, it is investigated how different types of automation would affect the safety for workers in asphalt paving. The risk for the workers on road construction sites is consistently high in comparison to the average risk of the working population. Automation has been suggested as an alternative for improving the safety in roadside construction assuming that removing workers will inherently eliminate the risk of them being injured. In this paper, the potential for improving the safety using automation is analyzed in detail. By investigating accident statistics and understanding the type of accidents that appear, several different automated functions for increased safety are proposed and described. Based on available statistics, it is possible to estimate the safety benefit, as the reduction in fatalities, for several of the proposed functions. The highest safety benefit would be achieved by automating the road traffic driving through the work zones. This has the potential of reducing the total number of road worker fatalities with over 30 %. In addition, it would decrease the number of road traffic accidents in work zones. Automation of construction machinery and dump-trucks also has the potential to increase the safety.

asphalt paving

safety

accident analysis

active-safety

roadside construction

Automation

Author

Stefan Bergquist

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Mechatronics

Christian P Grante

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Jonas Fredriksson

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Mechatronics

Jonas Sjöberg

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Mechatronics

Proceedings of the 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining

Vol. 2013

Areas of Advance

Transport

Subject Categories

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

ISBN

978-1-926872-16-2

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Created

10/8/2017