Triax CEO Chad Hollingsworth wrote about using technology to connect the jobsite and boost safety for the NHEO Institute. The National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization was founded as a non-profit organization in 2008 and focuses on construction industry concerns common to Hispanic contractors and small business owners, and inspiring the next generation of construction workers. Read an excerpt below and visit the NHEO website for the full article.
With moving vehicles and equipment, tools, and heavy materials on site at any point in time, ensuring projects are completed safely and efficiently can be a daunting task. And as construction activity picks up, and the workforce becomes more diverse, knowing which resources are on site, generally where they’re located and being able to communicate with them from anywhere on site is only growing in importance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one-quarter of all construction workers are Hispanic or of Latino ethnicity. In an inherently hazardous environment where communication is paramount, language barriers can present a significant challenge.
In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, 991 construction workers were killed on the job, accounting for 21.1% of all private industry fatalities. Of those 991 fatalities, 29% involved Hispanic workers, a statistic that drives home the important work the National Hispanic Entrepreneur Organization (NHEO) Institute and others are undertaking to educate, train and support the modern construction workforce. A safer jobsite is a more successful one and ensuring that each worker returns home in the same condition as when they arrived remains a top industry priority.
This is where technology can help.