Helping Construction Superintendents Put Safety First
By jcherry | Posted on May 10th, 2017
As the construction industry continues to claw its way out of the lingering effects of the recession that began in 2008, the number of construction-related fatalities spiked 27 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Fortune magazine. Construction site safety is just as important as ever.
That increase is in spite of an overall decline in on-the-job deaths between 2006 and 2015, and it highlights the continuing importance and challenges of workplace compliance and safety at construction sites. The Raken, the number one daily reporting software in the industry, can help project superintendents manage job sites more safely in several ways:
- Our Raken construction photo documentation software helps construction superintendents to instantaneously capture or upload photos documenting issues and violations on the job site. The images can be used to provide graphic reminders of the importance of job-site safety and can serve as a valuable body of evidence when policing or terminating noncompliant workers. The most common injuries include burns, head injuries, spinal injuries, lacerations and broken bones. Sometimes visuals are the best way to ensure that lessons are learned and remembered.
- Raken's site safety observations feature allows superintendents and foremen to note violations, close calls, and whether safety briefings occur. Again, this Raken tool allows project managers, executives and company owners to tabulate infractions and stay on top of recurring issues or crews especially prone to violations.
- Raken's software also allows superintendents to send and share real-time information about any incidents, risks or pending issues, such as potentially violent weather.
- Raken allows for automatic time-stamping that reflects specific times, dates and locations; that data can be valuable should OSHA compliance issues ever arise. Construction site safety is important to a company’s bottom line: Between 2005 and 2007, the average worker's compensation claim for roofers or carpenters injured in falls was $68,000, according to OSHA.
While safety protocols can help protect your bottom line, your human capital deserves protection. It's the right thing to do, and Raken's construction safety app can ensure that everyone involved in your construction project will return home to their families, safe and sound, at the end of every workday. View an example daily report here.