The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. In the last three years alone, there have been over 248,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Workplace safety in Construction: Fall protection lifeline systems.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 179,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the construction industry, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Fall protection lifeline systems are a key innovation area in workplace safety

Given the hazardous nature of activity on a construction site, workplace safety is of paramount importance to construction firms, with financial and other penalties imposed on firms not adhering to increasingly stringent health and safety regulations. Reflecting this, safety practices are improving and new products and innovations are being launched to enhance safety on the worksite. Among the products is fall protection lifeline systems, which mitigate the risk of falls when working at height.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of fall protection lifeline systems.

Key players in fall protection lifeline systems – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to fall protection lifeline systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
MSA Safety 145 Unlock company profile
Safetylink 17 Unlock company profile
PureSafety Group Holdings 14 Unlock company profile
PERI 11 Unlock company profile
Kee Safety 10 Unlock company profile
Capital Safety Group (Northern Europe) 10 Unlock company profile
Crown Castle 9 Unlock company profile
Schlumberger 9 Unlock company profile
Midori Anzen 9 Unlock company profile
Uniline Safety Systems 8 Unlock company profile
Encofrados J. Alsina 7 Unlock company profile
XSPlatforms 6 Unlock company profile
Honeywell International 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the leading filers in fall protection lifeline systems is MSA Safety, a US-based developer and manufacturer of safety products and special equipment to protect workers exposed to hazardous conditions. Its Latchways Horizontal Lifeline Systems provide permanent fall protection solutions for building maintenance works. Other leading filers include SafetyLink, which provides height safety product systems, including permanent roof anchors and horizontal lifeline systems.

In terms of application diversity, Kee Safety is among the leaders in the pack, along with Midori Anzen and MSA Safety, both of which are also leading filers in terms of geographic reach.

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.