It’s a long-standing motto that safety is everyone’s responsibility on a construction project. Projects require inspections, reports, safety gear, training, and protocols to keep everyone safe and heading home to their families at the end of the day. However, accidents do still happen, and while they may be difficult to avoid completely, the industry should do its best to hedge its bets.
And now it can. Rather than leaving the safety of a job site up to just the folks who work on it, what if the industry added another layer of protection by implementing construction software that also takes safety seriously? With management software, each job site can become safer, more efficient, and run smoother by preventing injuries and accidents. The following are just some of the ways that construction software can improve job site safety.
What if everyone, from the subcontractor to the executive board member, had the ability to report and track hazards on a construction site through construction software? Not only would everyone feel like their voice is being heard, but the level of accountability could truly change the safety on a project site, the home shop, and more. Folks would be able to report a hazard and track its progress.
Many of the best software programs allow users to set up custom workflows. This ensures that everyone on the project who needs to be aware of the hazard receives the report, and also allows them to update the status as it moves through the chain of responsible parties. Safety managers and project managers can then work together to rectify the situation before it causes an injury, delay, or code failure.
One of the best ways to solve an injury-causing accident’s impact is to prevent it in the first place, and the best way to do that is through education. But, most contractors have a hard enough time tracking their own employees’ training, certifications, and licensing that tracking subs can go by the wayside. But, the best construction management software can help through compliance tracking.
Compliance tracking should be utilized to monitor subcontractors’ and suppliers’ credentials, such as licensing, insurance policies, and more. When these entities’ certifications are near expiry, the management software can send an alert to the parties who need to see it, ensuring that they have enough time to alert the subcontractor to the potential issues.
So how can this prevent accidents and injuries? Consider this: A subcontractor’s insurance docs are about to expire. Since the system alerts clerical staff, they’re able to request renewal documents. But the subcontractor isn’t able to obtain renewal documents because they’ve had too many accidents or safety violations. The contractor is then able to avoid a potential accident just because they were tracking compliance docs.
Inspection management is one of the most important proactive approaches that construction companies can adopt. Ensuring that inspections are performed, tracked, and then utilized to create a safer environment for everyone involved is key. This includes the job site itself, the tools and vehicles used, and simply ensuring that certain standards are being followed and adhered to by all parties on the project.
Not only are the inspections themselves important, performed by trained safety managers and inspectors, but equally as important are the reports and the follow-up activities the inspections should spur. When unsafe conditions or items are located, they’ll be documented, often categorized by priority, and then assigned to someone to fix the issue. Without inspection management software, items can fall by the wayside and lead to injuries or accidents that could’ve been avoided.
Hazards and unsafe conditions need to be handled in a timely manner. Every day that goes by while the condition exists has the potential to injure someone, delay the project, or cost the contractor significant financial losses. Waiting for a report to cross the right desk, a voicemail to be listened to, and for an employee to run into the safety manager to inform them doesn’t ensure a timely response to a serious safety problem.
Rather than waiting, construction management software gives users the ability to send and receive updates, reports, notes, and changes in real time. This allows for better communication and collaboration, helping get to the bottom of these issues before someone gets hurt or the company experiences a serious loss.
It’s also worth noting that many construction software programs use cloud-based storage for documents and drawings. This allows users to gain access to all of the important documents they need from wherever they have internet access, even via phone. So, if the plans changed due to a safety concern or there is a viable solution that everyone needs to see, these documents can be accessed through the cloud, ensuring everyone is able to see the latest updates.
On top of the different inspection, reporting, and compliance support that construction software can offer, contractors can also implement daily logs. Employees can fill these logs out on their mobile devices at the end of each day, allowing them to report their progress and what was done, as well as any looming issues or accidents that might’ve occurred.
While these logs are not to replace safety hazard reports or accident reports, they can serve as a helpful tool for determining the cause of an issue or how long a particular condition has existed. They can also ensure that those safety issues are handled correctly, as project managers reviewing daily logs can follow up with employees to make sure they file the correct reports.
Construction Management Software Creates Safer Job Sites
Construction companies can improve their safety practices by implementing construction management software. These programs can supercharge the amount of time it takes to not only report a problem, but also have it assigned and solved. And, with modern documentation processes, these companies will be able to improve hazard tracking and increase accountability, creating a safer workplace for everyone involved.