Walkie-Talkies basically fit into two major categories: business or consumer. Consumer models are relatively more affordable than those used for business purposes. They have fewer features, and they aren’t as robust.
So, if you are thinking of getting Two-way Radios for use on a construction site, it is highly recommended that you opt for the business models since the upgrade (for these situations) is well worth the extra price.
Consumer designs are made with recreation in mind, and that is why they aren’t built in the same way for business. Business models are made to withstand the elements. They can handle damp, cold, dust, shock and general wear and tear which makes them ideal for use on a construction site. By opting for a business walkie-talkie, you can be sure that the device is going to last and also that it allows for better communication since business walkie-talkies benefit from access to higher frequencies.
Staying in the know!
Construction sites are busy places, very hectic, very loud, with hazards all around. Maintaining healthy and safe environments for personnel is of utmost priority. For that, it’s of vital importance for workers to have open, clear and precise communication with one another so that they can inform of anything untoward and warn of any possible risks. Having a reliable communication system in place, helps keep workers safe.
Many two-way radios have a hands-free function, which further enables the safety of the worker who needs to communicate whilst operating some potentially dangerous equipment. These handy systems can be positioned directly onto the machinery allowing workers to have full control over their job at hand whilst still being able to communicate.
It can be hard to function, let alone hold a conversation with so much noise going on around you. Some Walkie-Talkies can be fitted with noise-cancelling headsets so that the conversation at hand is clear and precise, with no interruptions. These headsets manage to cancel out background noise which is an added bonus for construction workers.
What to choose?
Choosing the right kind of device to suit your workforce will come down to a number of deciding factors:
Firstly, how big is your site? And how many staff are present? Large sites may require using a licensed radio system so that all staff can be within range.
Secondly, charging and battery life also have to be considered. Some charging ports will hold a number of devices at once, and devices with long battery life are ideal for long working shifts.
Thirdly, consider conditions and what features the two-way radio enlists, make sure that you choose a device which can adhere to your workers’ needs and help to make their working life easier and safer.