As contractors continue to adopt jobsite technology, Triax’s Ian Ouellette will share his thoughts on putting data to use. The bottom line? You don’t need to be a data scientist to understand the findings below, but every contractor should have a plan for what to do with the data once it’s collected. What problems are you trying to solve, what metrics matter to you, and how can you put data to use? Follow #SmarterwithSpotr for more. 

Nobody expects a disaster to happen to them or their business, but the reality is that emergencies (chemical spills, fires, tornadoes, etc.) can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Preparing an emergency action plan is smart business sense, and having employees who know what to do when disaster strikes boosts employee morale and company reputation.

In a situation where every second counts, contractors need a way to communicate effectively across large sites, diverse workers, and extreme conditions. Until recently, there has been no practical, scalable way to notify an entire jobsite in the event of an emergency evacuation, leaving contractors to rely on air horns that need to be blown on each floor or costly, self-rigged alarm systems.

Enter Spot-r

In January, Triax formally launched Spot-r EvacTags, which augment the 80-decibel alarm emitted by each wearable Clip with blaring, flashing devices placed around a jobsite. The Spot-r system enables designated supervisors to trigger a real-time, sitewide evacuation alarm from the dashboard and monitor real-time worker headcounts and locations to ensure correct procedures are underway.

On a 6-story high rise project, Spot-r reduced evacuation drill time by 72% compared to traditional air horn methods, which was later confirmed on a separate 10-story project. As you can see below, as sites get larger and more stories are added, the time savings associated with using Spot-r only increase:

Practicing Evacuations: Real-World Impact

Not only does this significantly improve worker safety and well-being but efficiency as well.

While there is no substitute for safety, manually blowing an air horn on each floor is an inefficient, ineffective way to conduct an evacuation whether in a simulated environment or the real-world. One general contractor we work with, for example, requires evacuation drills to be practiced every three months. On a 24-month, 25-story project with 500 daily workers, that means that roughly 2,500 total man hours are devoted to practicing jobsite evacuations. With a self-reported wage of $60/hour, that means roughly $150,000 in labor costs are going towards evacuation drills.

Some contractors in the industry try to combat this “wasted time” by running drills during the lunch hour or by letting workers know about it in advance, defeating the purpose of mimicking a real-world scenario. Unfortunately, when practicing safety is viewed as a tedious, non-productive exercise, it is often pushed aside in the interest of keeping projects moving forward.

By choosing Spot-r by Triax as a partner in jobsite safety, contractors can strengthen their emergency action plans, add value to their worker safety practices and culture, and can reduce the number of man hours and wages spent inefficiently practicing sitewide evacuations by up to 72%.

In the results-driven construction industry, projects come down to time, scope, and money. Spot-r Clips and EvacTags not only boost site safety in an actual emergency – bypassing language barriers and overcoming the physical challenges of a construction site – but can recover hundreds of man hours and tens of thousands of dollars in wages spent practicing for an emergency, as you can see below:

Ian Ouellette is Triax’s VP of Product and can be reached by email at iouellette@triaxtec.com