Adopting a Mobile Construction Safety Programme – How to Get Started

Adopting a Mobile Construction Safety Programme – How to Get Started

26th February 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications we are strong advocates for the new types of technology we’ve been seeing in recent years.  We’ve seen so many digital solutions that are making the construction industry safer, more efficient and stronger.  Last week we took a look at one of the latest digital trends in construction – the use of mobile apps.  As promised, today we have some advice for construction company owners and managers who want to harness the power of mobile technology for their business, how to plan for it.

Although introducing mobile technology is not quite the same as introducing a new piece of equipment, with the requirement to ensure that workers are trained in safe operating procedures, there is, nonetheless, a need to ensure that guidelines are in place for safe use so that it does not become a distraction.

To gain the full benefits of a mobile safety programme, you’ll need to implement some formal mobile construction safety guidelines for construction sites.  Here are some issues to consider:

  1. Plan the right paths for mobile users so that they are directed away from areas where there is heavy equipment use, debris, or other hazards.
  2. Ban the use of mobile devices and other equipment when on a ladder.
  3. Provide workers with hands-free accessories (holster, backpacks) to carry and use their mobile devices.
  4. Before unholstering a mobile device, workers should be in a full stop position.
  5. Anybody carrying out work at height must be properly tied in before unholstering and using a mobile device.
  6. Limit or ban the use of mobile devices for personal purposes.
  7. Integrate your mobile safety guidelines into site orientation training. 

When implementing your company’s Mobile Safety Programme, make sure that the following considerations are taken into account:

  • Access – start by making sure all your team members have access to comprehensive and up to date safety related information (in document form) on their mobile devices so it’s available for reference in the field.
  • Inspection – you can use mobile technology when performing safety inspections, using digital checklists to record compliance, making inspections quicker and more efficient.
  • Safety Meetings – use your mobile technology to hold on-site safety meetings where you can clearly see the issues you’re referring to – on site and in correct context.  This is a much more effective way of participating in safety meetings.
  • Training – mobile technology can be used during on-site training sessions in the most effective place, right where your employees work.
  • Information and Analytics – capture your information in the field and make sure it’s instantly transferred across all of your software, so that relevant data is up to date and available to everybody, at all times.  Use the data and analytics to gain the insights necessary to improve your safety programme performance.
  • Improve – adopt a culture of continuous improvement so that your safety programme is constantly evolving to meet the demands of a 21st Century construction site.  This will not only improve safety, it will raise morale in your workforce too.