Developing a streamlined safety program can be daunting. Every company faces unique situations with different people. Our goal is to explore thoughtful ideas and conversations that construction professionals can depend on to help guide them through their safety transitions.
In this blog post, we reached out to a few industry professionals to get their take on improving a safety program. Here is what they had to say…
Accountability Within A Safety Program And The Proper Training
The challenge most construction companies face when they pursue a safety program like ours is accountability. It’s easy to toss safety information at workers, but difficult to hold them responsible for continued awareness surrounding those issues — as well as proper implementation of the safety protocols.
Some of the obstacles many companies face in their transition to a new safety program is finding a medium that caters best to the needs of their workers. So, that basically means deciding on what implementation method will best relay the information: in-person training, online training, remote webinars, etc.
Technology has obviously thrown more mediums into the mix, but for the better. Construction companies with workers across the country can implement a uniform safety program that reaches all of them and emphasizes continuing education through the use of follow-up online assessments, webinars, and so on.
My best advice to companies undergoing this transition is to seek out an OSHA-certified safety program with a versatile online classroom experience that combines assessments with on-site consulting for a more immersive training experience.
Ellie Batchiyska, Advance Online
Automation (With A Human Touch) and Drone Inspections
I’ve advised companies in the past on how to integrate technology into their safety protocol, and I believe it’s integral for all construction companies going forward. Automation (with a human touch) makes potential hazards much easier to catch and can reduce work site accidents and catastrophic events significantly for very little investment in time.
Specifically, I think the use of drones is the future for any company that wants to put safety first. Drones allow you to remotely inspect and monitor the job site. They can efficiently detect hazardous conditions or problem areas without having to place workers at risk, and their ability to view many different angles and elevations in a short span of time allows workers to monitor everything at once.
Smartphones and tablets also let construction sites operate smoothly, as everyone can stay in the loop about what’s being done, what needs to be done, and any precautions that must be taken. It’s also easy to alert all workers to danger in an instant, rather than having to send another worker into a hazardous situation. And the use of technology can help workers inspect construction sites regularly — something that often slips through the cracks once a job is well underway.
Jesse Silkoff, Co-Founder and President, MyRoofingPal
Hire The Right People
While we had no serious injuries on our sites, we did notice some of our workers were not adhering to the standards that were put in place for their safety. To ensure employee safety, and protect the business from potential liabilities, we hired an on-site safety officer to help enforce safety practices.
With new technology comes new potential hazards, some of which we would not have ever thought of. My advice to any other companies going through a transition regarding safety is to hire a professional who knows the ins and outs of workplace safety. The price of a qualified employee is small compared to the potential harm that an unsafe work environment can produce.
Ron McLean, Owner, McLean Company
Who is SALUS
We are a team of developers and construction professionals working together to build safety software that streamlines how companies manage their safety programs.
Why Safety Software?
We developed this safety software because we believe that with the right platform businesses can encourage safety while streamlining the processes that can lead to complacency.
How It Works
Submit the forms that need to be digitized and we do the rest. You’ll be set up with a dashboard to manage your worksites. Field level workers will be able to input information from their cell phone and you will have real-time access and receive notifications.