improving worker health
A device inspired by biomimicry and adapted for rugged construction environments. The Hossman system places an emphasis on prevention over protection, keeping workers safe no matter their role on site.
On-site research was conducted over 14 days with varying levels of work hierarchy. From foreman to site worker, there was a large disconnect between safety regulations put in place and those observed, primarily regarding facemasks.
The primary users of dust depression or removal devices are interior construction workers. These workers often vary greatly in age, ranging from mid-twenties to late forties. Construction workers generally begin their shifts when the site opens at 6:00 and work until the site closes at 3:00pm or 4:00pm.
These workers often work on-site throughout the day, regardless of weather conditions. They often put up plastic tarps to keep debris inside the work zone or the weather out. When working long days, construction workers often begin to slack on wearing their PPE as they become accustomed to the working environment and its hazards. Workers stop wearing eye protection while working, even neglecting their facemasks and respirators.
When working long days, construction workers often begin to slack on wearing their PPE as they become accustomed to the working environment and its hazards. Workers stop wearing eye protection while working, even neglecting their facemasks and respirators.
understanding the market landscape.
Most products are too large and difficult to maneuver in a work zone
Portable products often offer a "band-aid" solution by spraying water on the area of operation rather than removing the silica dust.
There is a large divide between passive and active products.
Workers often neglect active portable devices as it hinders their workflow and becomes a nuisance.
how can a safety device be pushed beyond its competitors by utilizing biomimicry?
By taking a step back and observing nature, can biological processes be integrated into a product to create a more sustainable and efficient filtration system?
The goal of this product was to utilize biomimicry to design construction safety equipment. After researching aquatic animals and the filtration process of gills, I discovered the Southern Stingray. These fish are a variety of sea ray known for their whiptails. Southern Stingrays are studied all over the Western Atlantic
Ocean due to their ability to create a pressure pocket underneath their bodies forcing sand on top of their backs. The Hossman Filtration System utilizes the physics behind the Southern Stingray's movement and camouflaging techniques to disturb silica dust on the ground and take it in to filter.
water-based silica filtration device
Silica dust filtration through water
Pumps and outtake located on the bottom for weight distribution
Secondary outtake located underneath to kick up dust off the ground
Tower profile to take-up minimal workspace
Designed to be delivered to any worksite