Top Five Reasons to Adopt a Mobile Construction Safety Programme

Top Five Reasons to Adopt a Mobile Construction Safety Programme

21st February 2019

For those of us who work in the 21st century construction industry, keeping our phones safe is just one of the issues we need to think about whilst working onsite.  However, we’ve now reached a stage when our phones could be keeping US safe onsite, with the help of mobile technology.  According to a recent report on construction technology, 92% of construction workers use smartphones and 62% use tablets on a daily basis. 

This is a great opportunity to harness this mobile technology to make construction sites safer than ever before with a mobile construction safety programme.  Here are the reasons why this will benefit your construction company:

  1. Increased Efficiency and Productivity – site personnel will have all the safety information they need right in their hands.  There will be no need for trips to the site office to get safety plans, drawings and form and nobody will need to transcribe notes or assemble reports.  A robust mobile safety programme provides checklists via mobile apps like Autodesk or BIM 360 which makes data collection fast and efficient.
  2. On site Safety Meetings and Training – when you have all the necessary data to hand, it’s easier to schedule safety training and briefings on site, where the context for the meeting is clearly visible.  This will improve the quality of training by carrying it out in the “real” environment with the relevant equipment right there.
  3. Increased Responsibility – safety is no longer the sole responsibility of the safety manager, it’s the responsibility of every single person on site.  Using mobile technology in this way provides instant access for everyone to accurate and up to date safety programme information at the touch of a button, wherever they are.  This will create a sense of accountability for the quality of safety data, enabling real time collaboration by site personnel, subcontractors and other stakeholders on the safety programme and the inspection processes.
  4. Improves Communications and Collaboration – if somebody on site notices a safety issue, it can be immediately reported to the office using mobile technology.  This means that the information is instantly available to everybody else on site as there will be no lag time between identifying an issue and reporting an issue – resulting in faster resolution of any problems.
  5. Leading Indicators – a robust and well-designed mobile safety programme allows site workers to document site conditions in real time, improving both the quality and timeliness of data used for analytics so that leading indicators of potential incidents and near misses are instantly integrated.  It’s vital to address incidents when they occur, but it’s even more important to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Next week, we’ll have some advice for construction company owners and managers on how to plan for adopting mobile technology on site.  Don’t miss out on the information you need to take safety on your sites to the next level, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll be notified as soon as the article is published.