Effective Ways to Further Construction Safety Management

August 21, 2018 Karli Langner

Good communication underpins any successful relationship. And it’s even more important when it comes to the fast-moving, labor-intensive Heavy Building Materials (HBM) and Construction industries.

With their intense fleet and workforce management demands, these industries must quickly resolve any safety and quality control issues that inevitably arise: State and country safety requirements demand timely reporting and problem resolution.

But failing to take advantage of the technology that runs the Internet of Things (IOT) and the subsequent process improvement means they’re stymied when it comes to monitoring and addressing safety challenges that can impact their businesses and construction safety management. Several issues can create both short and long-term safety problems:

  • Project supervisors aren’t necessarily safety leaders. They may not provide clear, effective communication around safety issues—from in-transit speeding to ineffective or unsafe equipment use. Without clear communication, employees can inadvertently create a more hazardous workplace over the long-term.
  • Lacking checks and balances, safety and related productivity can go by the wayside, despite initial safety training. Employees will inevitably be tired, distracted, or fatigued at some point. They may forget about construction site hazards. Or underestimate their chances of getting hurt performing “routine” activities. Or just simply in a hurry to get from point A to point B to meet deadlines, delivery windows or avoid project overruns.

It behooves companies to take a close look at technology solutions that improve their records. There’s a pressing business case for using technology to optimize safety: dealing with the aftermath of an accident or other safety-compromising activity on the part of employees is often far more expensive than avoiding the problem from the outset. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

How Business Process Automation & IoT Improves Communication, Collaboration & Safety

The HBM and Construction industries benefit from the improved communication and collaboration that readily shared data provides, which includes:

  • Knowing where their trucks and equipment assets are at all times
  • Sharing real-time information, for better collaboration and compliance
  • Managing audits and quality control more effectively

How can your company get personnel up to speed using technology to ensure your ongoing safety success—especially with ubiquitous delivery professionals, who travel in and out of multiple sites per day, delivering and picking up materials? These personnel are a key part of the supply chain and need to be trained to use telematics effectively to ensure their safety:

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Complete transparency with employees about how to use new technology, both before and during the implementation process, will avoid compliance and morale issues.
  • Set clear expectations. By continuously sharing information with all relevant personnel, and helping employees understand how GPS tracking and data collected from the system will be used as a training tool to reduce costs, you will help your fleet improve driving habits and increase driver safety.
  • Continue to communicate after the implementation process to achieve continuous improvement. Drivers and other front-line employees are an important part of productivity improvements and safety. Continuous improvement goals need to be explicit and employees should be rewarded when they meet them and alerted when they do not.

IoT and related technologies continue to empower industries across the world—from manufacturing to transportation to utilities, helping companies achieve better results along the way. Using technology effectively is an important part of maintaining and ensuring a safe productive workforce and securing your business safety and brand.

Check out Command Alkon to learn more about our solutions to manage safety, improve communications, foster collaboration and improve efficiencies.

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