The Big 3: How to Leverage Spot-r to Build Your Safety Culture on Site By Phil Epifano
In my role at Triax, I help construction companies build safer and smarter with wearable networked technology. By connecting superintendents with worker activity and safety incidents, and by connecting workers with a real-time tool to report site hazards or other injuries, we’re improving communication and visibility on the job. In my 15 years in the construction industry, I’ve held a variety of positions from laborer to estimator to project manager, and I’ve seen a lot when it comes to safety execution and best practices at the worksite. Below are my “Big 3” for building and maintain a safety culture on site:
- Establish and maintain site- and role-specific education programs. It’s essential to take the time to meet with workers, discuss the adoption of new safety technologies, and properly train them on how to use it. What good is a workplace technology system if it’s only being leveraged at 50% capacity? Workers, most often the end users, must be involved during research, testing, evaluation and adoption to ensure long-term success. Similarly, it’s important to loop in subject matter experts from various departments, including HR, communications/marketing and IT. It takes a combined company effort to embrace innovation and bring about sustainable change.
- No PPE, no work. Consider the Spot-r Clip like any other piece of PPE. While not as tangible as a hard hat, for example, it’s important to present Spot-r as another tool – or partner – on the job to help keep them safe. In our experience, utilizing morning stretch sessions as an opportunity to make sure all workers have compliant PPE and are wearing their Spot-r Clip correctly is a best practice.
- Conduct job safety analysis before the project begins. Use historical data from past projects to hypothesize where the greatest risks are at this new site. Spot-r provides unprecedented visibility into construction operations and safety incidents on site, so it’s important to start building that historical log now. The more you know, the better positioned you are to respond right the next time.