Construction is a notoriously dangerous business. In 2021, the construction industry alone accounted for half of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 10 most frequently violated general safety standards — safety precautions and training related to fall protection, ladders, scaffolding, and eye and face protection.
Worker safety has improved over the years, though, as advanced safety software has reformed the way health and safety are managed and enhanced communication, safety checks, documentation, and training in construction safety programs. More than 50 percent of contractors use project management apps, and 85 percent employ mobile tools like cameras as part of their safety program management. By accessing safety inspection checklists on-demand and improving safety training, these tools make it easier to provide a safe work environment and minimize hazards.
Nevertheless, there is considerable room for improvement, with large portions of the industry not using safety tech and very few utilizing these tools to their full potential. Here are four ways construction safety software promotes a culture of safety that improves the working environment, task completion, and your bottom line.
For successful project progress and completion, project managers must coordinate a variety of workers, teams, materials, and equipment while adhering to budgets, schedules, and quality standards. Ensuring the right supplies, tools, and workers are on each site at the right time is one of the many challenges construction managers face daily.
Using whiteboards, spreadsheets, and paper documents to manage jobs and workers lacks efficiency and real-time insights, making schedules and budgeting a guessing game. These methods cannot effectively stay ahead of rising costs, labor shortages, and unpredictable work conditions.
Construction management software centralizes information into a single hub, allowing you to track information, problems, and progress in real-time. This reduces errors, resolves issues before they become costly problems, and improves profitability. If a worker calls in sick or equipment is faulty, automated push notifications can alert you immediately, so you can make prompt replacements.
A noteworthy yet often overlooked advantage of construction management software is its capacity to help you gain bids faster. Having access to collected data from previous projects in a single systematic layout gives you an overview of conditions, timelines, equipment, and labor needed, as well as costs. You can build better estimates faster, without compromising margins.
Two of the most important functions of a construction manager are to facilitate effective and clear communication and foster collaboration on a job site. A lack of clear communication can contribute to poor risk and safety management, leading to compromised working conditions and serious injuries. Keeping everyone up to date and on the same page is an ongoing challenge; between teams in different locations and constant timeline and scheduling adjustments, a tool offering a centralized point of communication is essential for effective project and risk management.
Construction safety software lets you communicate risks, equipment requirements, and procedural changes and share important documents to all relevant parties at any time, regardless of their location. A single hub of real-time communication ensures there are no discrepancies and all parties receive the same information.
Construction safety software also lets consultants, contractors, and project managers share and access necessary documentation anytime from anywhere. Compliance documents, contracts, supplier bids, reports, budgets, schedules, and safety incidence records can be made available in real-time, preventing delays, increasing productivity, fast-tracking compliance, and reducing risks. You’re less likely to misplace documentation, and you have better control when accessing sensitive information.
Training management can be an operational challenge given the broad range of job functions, the distributed and temporary nature of the construction workforce, and the resources required to track compliance. Although safety training is one of the most effective ways to minimize workplace accidents, managing training at one time for multiple workers with different prior training, education, and experience can be difficult.
A digital safety training management tool is a simple yet revolutionary way to rectify safety training gaps in the workforce. On-demand training lets workers train from anywhere at any time, and they can work through hundreds of individual lessons based on their needs and requirements. A digital safety training management tool will also help safety personnel identify which employees require recertification and simplify record-keeping and tracking of training completion.
Job safety analysis is critical but tedious and time-consuming when performed manually. The right construction safety software will streamline the process by offering a way to quickly and consistently process data, enabling accurate decision-making and allowing safety managers to carry out analytics efficiently.
With all the information and metrics ready, construction managers can easily identify inconsistencies and communicate progress, costs, and delays. Frequent analysis translates to a greater depth of information and improved identification of recurring safety hazards, allowing managers to improve safety policies and procedures.
Construction safety software improves real-time communication, facilitating transparency and immediate attention to time-sensitive matters including safety incidents, compliance management, and corrective actions. It also enhances direct, accessible, and efficient communication between on-site workers and office staff. With remote digital safety technology, off-site teams can offer real-time support and advice to on-site workers at any time.
The constant change of contractors, temporary workers, conditions, regulations, deadlines, and budgets makes it challenging to maintain safe worksites, but it’s a challenge that must be met for your workers’ well-being and your business’s financial security. Construction safety software is a holistic solution to make compliance easier and reduce the time required by safety procedures.
Salus offers a construction safety tool that can manage your entire portfolio by streamlining all aspects of the job, from risk management and compliance to budgets, schedules, and real-time data sharing. Request a demo today and discover how Salus can promote a culture of safety while saving you money, improving efficiency, and driving on-time project delivery.