What started as the Construction Industry Safety Group in 2008 (a yearly meeting with CEOs and safety directors to share best practices and lessons learned) went industry-wide in 2014, turning into Construction Safety Week. Now in its sixth year, this event encourages everyone – across companies and competitive boundaries – to get involved in safety to make the construction industry a better, safer place to work. In that spirit, we reached out to some of our partners and peers for their thoughts on making the industry a safer place.
Safety has provided the construction industry with an opportunity to use new technology to improve jobsites and save lives by providing new training opportunities, informing the construction teams, and providing data for safety professionals to prevent injuries and accidents in the future. – Jeff Sample, Director of Media, JBKnowledge
AI-based observations are now being used together with traditional field observations to help focus attention on projects that may be at higher risk. On why the industry is safer and stronger when we work together, I’d like to use the words of one of our customers, Shaun Carvalho, VP Safety at Shawmut: “Smartvid complements our human-based observations with a third-party AI perspective. Both are necessary for understanding risk and deciding where to focus our attention.” –Josh Kanner, Founder & CEO, Smartvid
Continue to build on the relationships you have fostered in the workplace. Get to know your crews and the reasons they choose to work safely every day. Showing you care goes a long way in maintaining a safe jobsite. Treat everyone involved as a stakeholder, showing respect and keeping constant communication with each other will help develop solutions and consensus. – Rebecca Severson, VP, Corporate Director of Safety, Gilbane Building Co.
Safety is of first importance. Regardless of industry, company or position, safety is a right and a responsibility afforded to everyone. Whether you’re a field worker or an office manager, entry level or seasoned veteran, we should all be watching out for our colleagues, ensuring they arrive home in the same condition as they arrived to work. – Karl Sorensen, Blue Collar Labs
Many project teams will cite tight timelines as a contributing factor to increased risk on the the jobsite. With the clock ticking, teams need to have a clear understand of project requirements from the beginning of the job to reduce the chance of ‘fire-drill’ rushes that can lead to sloppy and unsafe work practices. Investing in the tools and resources to better equip teams to meet these tight timelines and still produce the highest caliber work is an important challenge facing GCs in 2019. – The Team at Pype
Procore empowers field teams by making their safety tools purpose-built for the field. This makes it easy for field teams to contribute to AND comply with safety standards. All that additional information into the platform is automatically aggregated, making it easy for teams to spot patterns (both the good and the bad) and therefore focus resources on better understanding and correcting issues before they become a problem. We encourage using data to help steer important and crucial conversations, in an effort to improve team morale, improve safety culture and keep everyone safe. – Lauren Masser, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Procore