The practice of construction has undergone immense changes in the last 20+ years. The types of projects, the manner in which those projects are delivered, and the tools used for design and communication, all have experienced dramatic changes. While these advancements have paved the way for more robust, on-site safety management programs, we must continually recognize the importance of adhering to all aspects of the overall safety environment.
Today, the construction industry is responsible for about 21% of the total worker fatalities within the private sector. Therefore, it is not surprising that stricter OSHA regulations are becoming more of a priority for construction professionals at all levels. Violation citations can cause such a negative impact on business that project leaders can no longer look away. At the same time, it is also important to recognize that safety management in the field must transform from paper and pencils to mobile and cloud technology.
However, as much as we want to leave everything to technology, the truth is a flawless modern day safety program should be a combination of human implementation with the aid of technology.
To successfully launch a modern day field safety management program, here is what you need to know…
- Mobile/Cloud computing provides information transparency for all users
Don’t worry…it won’t leak your selfies out to the world and make you a social media celebrity overnight, but yes, it could help you to prevent jobsite tragedies from happening by having all your employees and associates on the same page. During the set up process, owners and general contractors can set up permissions to authorize data entry at the appropriate level of access, ensuring best practices are being followed when it comes to tracking violations.
- Comprehensive and immediate data gathering generates reliable analytics and reports for management
The analysis of this data helps management to determine safety strategies and react pro-actively to prevent future issues. Take the example of where there is a particular subcontractor who is responsible for repeated violations. Reporting and data analysis allow job managers to see where these issues are coming from quickly and easily.
- Auto reminders and schedulers help ensure a steady project flow
When on the jobsite, things can be chaotic and unorganized. Technology can act as a “virtual assistant” for everyone in the field, ensuring that deadlines are met and issues are rectified.
In today’s environment, a modern day safety program is becoming the “new normal” within field management. To find out more about how to leverage technology for your safety program, register to attend this upcoming Latista safety webinar.