The digital revolution has transformed the entire business world, and few industries have been more directly impacted than construction. As one of the world’s most digitized sectors, construction firms can better manage and oversee all aspects of their operation with software apps and similar tools. Not only can that improve your company’s efficiency and make for a healthier bottom line, but it can do something even more important—reduce safety hazards in the workplace. That takes preparation and planning, especially for construction firms that are still integrating digital technology into their operations. By understanding the role of digital transformation in reducing safety hazards in the workplace, you can use new tools to make your construction sites safer.
When it comes to safety hazards in the workplace, two things are of paramount importance: speed of communication and accuracy of information. Most construction sites are in a constant state of work, and the faster a potential hazard is identified and addressed, the fewer chances there are for an accident to happen. Reporting and investigating such hazards becomes swift and easy with digital tools like apps. For example, digital paperwork allows team members to quickly fill out safety reports when a hazard is identified, allowing all pertinent parties to have access to it without the delay of copying and sending physical files.
More importantly, they help your company identify and address potential safety hazards in the workplace before they cause an accident. Your construction sites stay safer, more accidents are averted, your schedules aren’t delayed, and overall costs go down as well as keeping workers and visitors safer. Salus can help with all of this via its incident management features. They help you swiftly process and disseminate all manner of reports and paperwork. With these features, you can allow clients and partners access to pertinent information while providing clarity and transparency to every part of the process.
Digital designs and more efficient scheduling offer another benefit on top of addressing safety hazards in the workplace. The faster and more effectively your construction crews can absorb the design for the final site—and the steps required to get there—the more productive and efficient they become. You don’t lose time and spend unnecessary energy passing plans back and forth and struggling to ensure everyone understands the big picture and their role in it.
That’s the efficiency of communication, and it translates to real-time productivity. Managers and workers on-site can reference digital designs immediately, without having to call back to a central office. And if there’s a question about a particular detail, the plans can be accessed by everyone instantly. This quickly clears up confusion and ensures that the project remains on track and under budget, regardless of any questions or issues that may arise.
Checks and inspections are a routine part of any effective construction site strategy, and they rely on accuracy to function optimally. Verified information makes it easier to conduct these checks in the system. With digital technology, exponentially more details can be verified and disseminated through the system. For example, a laser scanner can provide a 3-D “point cloud” image of a construction site in progress for as-built checks. This provides a much more detailed and accurate assessment than a traditional paper blueprint ever could. Furthermore, an automated total station informed with BIM data can define the dimensions of a given workspace more accurately than a multi-person crew could with traditional tape measures. As with safety hazards in the workplace, the improved operational accuracy helps you stay on time and under budget, as well as streamline every aspect of the construction process. You’re simply able to do more with less, more safely, and with less guesswork than ever before.
The construction industry is very old, for obvious reasons. People have needed buildings and roads from time immemorial. This in itself can sometimes lead to outdated practices, as firms rely on older business models and technology that has fallen well behind the curve. Old-fashioned methods (such as hard copies of forms and blueprints) may be comfortable, but they’re also inefficient. They require valuable time to copy, print, and deliver from person to person. Not to mention, they generate a tremendous amount of waste.
Going paperless via digital technology is a seamless, modern solution to problems stemming from a bygone era. It provides detailed and accurate information that can be instantly transferred between team members. It can also prompt across-the-board improvements to all aspects of a construction operation, from finances in the front office to the various aspects of work on a given site to appropriate management of safety hazards in the workplace. That’s why Salus prioritizes digital forms as one of the foundations of its app. With Salus, you can completely transform your business environment by swapping bulky and costly paperwork for accurate and transparent virtual files. This saves you time without losing productivity—all while streamlining your business and keeping all of your projects on schedule!
Until recently, digital technology and similar solutions didn’t have a huge impact on the construction industry. Believe it or not, innovation rarely impacted things like safety hazards in the workplace, schedule delays, or proper construction site management. Fortunately, that is rapidly changing.
The advance in digital technology has had a huge impact on the real-world considerations of construction sites. The faster and more effectively a construction firm can integrate digital technological tools into its operations, the more it can streamline its operations. This saves time and money while improving their workplace safety hazard record.
Salus was specifically designed to help construction firms transform their business practices with digital technology. Our app will simplify and streamline all of your paperwork and organizational tasks, enabling you to focus on fostering a culture of safety across your sites. If you’re looking to take advantage of these promising changes in the industry, book a demo with our team today!