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Construction workers have safety concerns regarding automation

A recent survey has revealed safety is construction workers' top concern when automation increases at job sites, according to

In a poll of 205 U.S. and U.K. construction workers conducted on behalf of Volvo Construction Equipment, 46% of respondents highlighted the increased risk to job-site safety compared with 31% who are concerned about job security. Other concerns include loss of sociability (26%) and not knowing whom to blame if something goes wrong (17%). However, experts say automation potentially can reduce job-site hazards.

Despite their safety concerns, survey respondents identified benefits automated job-site technology can offer. More than half of respondents (54%) believe autonomous machines and artificial intelligence will boost productivity, and 48% believe advanced technology will increase the speed of daily construction tasks. Construction workers between ages 25 and 44 are more likely to believe autonomous machinery can benefit areas such as productivity, speed, safety, quality and fuel efficiency compared with construction workers age 45 and older.