Mosaic health & safety workforce software to be used by Keir BAM on Hinkley Point C earthworks contract

A Kier BAM joint venture has now signed contracts with EDF Energy to carry out £100m+ of site preparation works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. Keir BAM have chosen Mosaic Management Systems to help them manage their workforce on this project by delivering an online health & safety platform for the duration.

The work that Keir BAM have been engaged to complete includes excavation, earthworks, terracing, the installation of construction site infrastructure and formation of roads and networks to allow main construction to start. The contract is estimated to create 350 jobs.

The Mosaic systems will be used to record the delivery of safety briefings and toolbox talks in real-time. In addition, the SkillCheck module will be used to check workforce competencies and monitor them over the contract duration. Assets will also be tracked using the Mosaic RFID technology, that flags up who is using what, and also helps schedule inspections and maintenance.

John Micciche, Mosaic’s MD commented “We are happy that Keir BAM have chosen to use our system on this ground-breaking project. Our system is already employed at the Hinkley site with another client, so it is great to extend our footprint further on this lengthy build.”

10 ways specialist health & safety construction software can benefit your business

There are already established technology solutions out there, where software supports and enhances Health & Safety project strategy delivered to a workforce. The article below shows how one unique solution, is already making a difference to both costs and staff welfare on UK sites and infrastructure projects.

#1 Significantly reduce time spent on administrative paperwork or spreadsheets
With inductions to consider, stock to monitor, and site staff to manage – there’s a lot of processes and paperwork involved. On a good day paperwork isn’t an issue, but when a process or step is missed, you risk a lot. From issues with safety and wellbeing of staff and contractors, to going over budget, poorly maintained processes have the potential to wreak havoc.

It’s your job as a Project or Health & Safety Manager to ensure safety in the workplace, and you can’t accurately achieve that with messy systems.

SkillPass is the solution

#2 Improved how you manage contractors
CSCS verification is a notorious admin burden for contractors – Failure to efficiently check cards and qualifications can result in down time while correct paperwork is produced. Once in-situ keeping on top of the expiry date of qualifications is difficult without the correct software.

SkillCheck is the solution

#3 Monitor the health of your workforce
With 9 million working days being lost last year to Musculoskeletal Disorder and a further 12 million to stress – we must take the health of the workforce seriously. The construction industry is particularly prone to a workforce needing further support, due to the additional physical and mental pressures placed workers.

HealthCheck is the solution

#4 Improved management and planning
Running a construction site requires you to manage your time, your team’s time and spin many more plates. Paperwork gets in the way of doing your important tasks and doesn’t always reduce risks. Electronic and cloud based systems go where you go and help structure your day and provide easy to use reports, helping you and your team do more and stay accountable. A streamlined integrated system prevents accidents and fatalities over the course of a project, which is well worth the investment.

Mosaic suite of products is the solution

#5 Deliver crucial pre-projects inductions online and off site
It is vital for each member of the workforce to have a briefing prior to a project starting, so they hit the ground running and know the potential hazards on site. From an administrative perspective, this is a logistical nightmare to get your own workforce and contractors booked on to class slots.

It involves a lot of skilled admin to collate all the contacts and chasing up to ensure everyone receives that all important first induction. Running inductions online and off site can also be a considerable time saver.

Induction Manager is the solution

#6 Use time & attendance data to secure accurate workforce payments
Ensuring that timesheets are in on time and accurately filled out correctly currently costs the UK construction industry millions in process and human errors. This is usually a paperwork driven exercise that needs approvals from Supervisors once completed by the worker. It is prone to delays and inaccuracies. Surely there is a better way to track time & attendance.

Tally System is the solution

#7 Know who has been issued what stock & assets
If your company uses a lot of its own tools, then managing your maintenance responsibilities can be something of an administrative nightmare. You must make sure you meet your contractual obligations while ensuring that testing schedules are managed effectively.

Similarly, plant management can be just as time-consuming and fiddly. You need to manage their use, maintenance and costs – which usually involves a lot of paperwork. Look for some construction asset management software which includes the ability to manage maintenance and plant, if your company struggles with these tasks. By accurately recording these aspects of your business, you also help protect your company during contract disputes.

Asset Manager is the solution

#8 Ensure that all health & safety messages land
Toolbox talks and daily safety briefings are now common place on most UK sites. But how do Site Managers know if everyone has received them. The simple answer is they generally do not, as there is a time lag between paperwork returning to the office and checks being completed.

Briefing Manager is the solution

#9 Innovate to face the challenges within the sector
There’s no doubt that running a modern-day construction business involves plenty of admin – but instead of cutting corners (and risking legal disputes later), you can use today’s technology to turn stacks of paperwork into manageable tasks.

Mosaic suite of products is the solution

#10 Competency training to improve your workforce’s knowledge
How do you assess key competencies and knowledge understanding of your workforce? Reduce errors which occur from misinterpretation. Provide training to improve ‘correct’ knowledge retention.

Perception is the solution

At Mosaic we provide a Health & Safety solution for companies who need to ensure that all of their workforce is adhering to certain standards. This passport platform allows companies to store and retrieve essential health and safety information from a single cloud based database. Not only does this save time and money, it helps ensure security and safety of the entire workforce.

Five construction admin challenges, that traditionally revolves around maintaining safe sites

Businesses in the construction industry face a different set of challenges than your average company. Take one aspect: safety. Most businesses face a relatively predictable set of safety issues. In construction due to the nature of building, safety has to be of paramount importance, otherwise workforce welfare could be compromised.

Organising the safety of the workforce can be a massive challenge, particularly on large projects and Joint Ventures (JV), particularly if traditional methods of paper and spreadsheets are employed. Let’s look at some of the most common admin challenges, and how you can manage them more effectively using Mosaic.

#1 Inducting the workforce
In the construction sector, it is vital for each member of the workforce to have a briefing prior to a project starting, so they hit the ground running and know the potential hazards on site. From an administrative perspective, this is a logistical nightmare to get your own workforce and contractors booked on to class slots.

It involves a lot of skilled admin to collate all the contacts and chasing up to ensure everyone receives that all important first induction.

#2 Verifying subcontractors
CSCS verification is a notorious admin burden for contractors – Failure to efficiently check cards and qualifications can result in down time while correct paperwork is produced. Once in-situ keeping on top of the expiry date of qualifications is difficult without the correct software.

#3 Managing plant and maintenance
If your company uses a lot of its own tools, then managing your maintenance responsibilities can be something of an administrative nightmare. You must make sure you meet your contractual obligations while ensuring that testing schedules are managed effectively.

Similarly, plant management can be just as time-consuming and fiddly. You need to manage their use, maintenance and costs – which usually involves a lot of paperwork. Look for some construction asset management software which includes the ability to manage maintenance and plant, if your company struggles with these tasks. By accurately recording these aspects of your business, you also help protect your company during contract disputes.

#4 Ongoing safety briefings
Toolbox talks and daily safety briefings are now common place on most UK sites. But how do Site Managers know if everyone has received them. The simple answer is they generally do not, as there is a time lag between paperwork returning to the office and checks being completed.

#5 Workforce Payment
Ensuring that timesheets are in on time and accurately filled in correctly currently costs the UK construction industry millions in process and human errors. This is usually a paperwork driven exercise that gets approvals from Supervisors once completed further down the chain. It is prone to delays and inaccuracies. Surely there is a better way to track time & attendance.

Sum-up
There’s no doubt that running a modern-day construction business involves plenty of admin – but instead of cutting corners (and risking legal disputes later), you can use today’s technology to turn stacks of paperwork into manageable tasks.

Looking to upgrade your construction health and safety systems now with Mosaic.

Get in touch to see how we can help you identify areas of concern and reduce administration inefficiencies on your construction site or project.

 

Mosaic employed to help Costain & Skanska on HS2 enabling works project

Costain and Skanska have been awarded the South Enabling Works Contract for High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. The award is worth up to £300m to the Joint Venture (JV) parties over four years. Mosaic has been chosen as the preferred partner to deliver an online health and safety solution, supporting their workforce and supply chain for the period of the works.

The project will cover the essential preparatory work needed to deliver the main HS2 programme on time and on budget. It will create jobs and training opportunities across the JV’s UK-wide supply chain. Mosaic will provide the JV with branded smart card access facilities that allows the clients to easily check workforce competencies across the supply chain.

The package will also include functionality that allows all safety briefings and ‘toolbox’ talks to be captured in real-time, thereby allowing total transparency of ‘safety’ delivery. Occupational Health will also be recorded via the system along with Fatigue monitoring of safety critical workers.

John Micciche, Mosaic’s MD said “We are delighted to be involved with Costain & Skanska on this prestigious infrastructure project. Once again will be delivering a Passport Solution for their workforce that truly allows their Project Managers real-time health & safety data. This will certainly be beneficial to both the workforce and the bottom line over the course of the project, as accuracy is guaranteed and administration time reduced”.

Mosaic –  The building blocks to safety  

Ensuring safety in the workplace takes a lot of knowledge, paperwork and processes. Everyone involved in construction projects and site management needs to be clued in on health and safety and managing site inductions. With over 30 fatal injuries of construction workers recorded from April 2015 to April 2016, clear guidance on health and safety is paramount. We believe that easy to use systems are the way to save lives and simplify onsite processes.

We’ve made it as easy as one, two, three with our online systems.

1. Run an online site induction which saves time and money and ensures that everyone is aware of the potential and unique hazards before coming onsite
2. Check contractor competencies – you can check that all skills and qualification are legitimate and all in date (CSCS IT partner)
3. Issue a smart card easily to each worker – this allows you to know who is onsite and off site, which saves time on timesheets and counting numbers quickly in case of emergency evacuation.
4. Maintain strict control and management. Equipment going missing is a big issue for busy construction sites and a key area of costs. Our systems ensure you know exactly who has which tool and when. Plan for tool and plant inspections more effectively.


5. Fatigue is a huge risk and can cause fatalities, especially those in critical roles such as crane operators, drivers etc. Monitor staff’s time on site to avoid overwork or double shifts occurring.
6. Keep track of staff health records including drug and alcohol test results. Our password secured records will help you manage your staff’s health as well as alerting you to those who are banned from site due to misconduct.
7. Conduct your daily briefing  and tool box talks efficiently with our products by keeping records of attendance and who did the briefings. This improves accountability without increasing paperwork.
8. Assess key competencies and knowledge in your contractors using Mosaic Perception. Reduce errors which occur from misinterpretation and contractor’s situational judgement. Improve training and knowledge retention and your training ROI.  
 
Running a construction site requires you to manage your time, your team’s time and spin many more plates. Paperwork gets in the way of doing your important tasks and doesn’t always reduce risks. Electronic and cloud based systems go where you go and help structure your day and provide easy to use reports, helping you and your team do more and stay accountable. A streamlined system prevents accidents and fatalities over the course of a project, which is well worth the investment.

 

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Mosaic steps into the breach as changes to CSCS card scheme come into force

As of the 31st March 2017, CSCS now solely issue cards to those with construction related occupations. Historically, Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards were also being issued to non-construction related roles as well, but this in no longer the case. However, it should be noted that CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017.

In a recent Construction News article, Graham Wren Chief Executive of CSCS points out that some workers entering a site

Mosaic workforce smart cards are easy to issue instead of the now defunct CRO cards

are being wrongly refused as some sites are still operating a 100 per cent carded workforce policy. These workers not being allowed entry are to perform a non-construction activity, such as catering staff, drivers delivering materials, cleaners or security guards. This blanket policy has in the past usually been stipulated by head offices or clients insisting all workers and visitors should carry a CSCS card.

What has prompted Mr Wren’s to make a statement is that CSCS has stopped issuing cards for these and more than 60 other unrelated occupations. Furthermore, he elaborates on the changes to the card scheme:

“the blind faith many employers place in a 100 per cent carded workforce can introduce unnecessary safety risks on site.”

The opinion of his organisation is that cards are often being used simply as a means for the worker to gain access to site, rather than to verify the cardholder’s qualifications. Sometimes cards are given no more than a quick glance, rather than a thorough inspection to ensure the cardholder has the skills and training for the job they do on site.

The move away from a coverage of 100% will see an increase in the numbers of individuals turning up to site without a card. However, he points out that CSCS are not asking Site Managers to allow just anyone in. Those they do allow in with non-construction qualifications will still need to be inducted and informed about health & Safety. Therefore, the onus is still completely on the Site Manager to police access entry and check qualifications.

CSCS state that their decision not to issue cards for unrelated occupations is a considerable change for the industry, but one that has the potential to raise standards, improve safety and move us ever closer to what industry has long desired: a fully qualified workforce.

As a CSCS IT partner we have access to their database to check worker CSCS cards are in date and not fake. Once checked, workers can continue to use their CSCS on site or alternatively a Mosaic Smartcard can be issued. When the CSCS card expires, an ‘administrator’ is notified, who can inform the worker to get it renewed.

Non-construction related roles can easily be added to the skills matrix on the online Mosaic system and cards can then be issued to these personnel. Qualifications and expiry dates can also be included as they would be with construction related roles. In this way the competencies of these previous CRO card roles are still verified and vetted under the system. Visitor cards can also be issued and dealt with in accordance with the respective visitor policy on site.

This complete ‘one stop shop’ system allows management to monitor competencies for all workers, construction and non-construction alike, ensuring best practise and high standards can be maintained across the ‘whole’ workforce.

Our complete solution comes with Access Control, Automated Inductions, Competency Management, and Asset tracking modules making the Project Managers life considerably easier to track their workforces. Please follow the link to find out more about our solutions…

10 questions you are unlikely to hear a Site Manager ask on a Mosaic project

We take a look at how the deployment of a Mosaic Management System can change site working practices and worker behaviour. Below are ten questions that you would be unlikely to hear from Site Managers, once the Mosaic suite of products is fully operational on site:

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1. “Who has actually been inducted?” …I will need to gather all the paperwork together…

Mosaic Induction Manager allows all those participating in the induction process to book themselves onto the class. The induction can then be delivered on-line, off-line or a combination of both depending on client requirements. Once finished the worker is registered against their record as having completing the induction.

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Mosaic Induction Manager – Allowing Inductions options both on-line and off-line

Site Managers can easily run a report to check who has received their induction and therefore is eligible for site access. Paperwork and spreadsheets are no longer necessary, saving considerable administration time.

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2. “Is that worker qualified to do that?”… Someone could get hurt here…

Depending upon client requirements, all qualifications can be checked before access to site is

construction worker using dangerous equipmentallowed. Evidence of this is appended to a worker’s record. Each worker is assigned a role, that they must have the right qualifications and experience to perform, before they are issues with their site smart card.

3. “Where is the contractor qualification certificate evidence?”… I cannot find copies…

All certificate and any qualification evidence is scanned and uploaded against a worker record. This can easily be view via a desktop.

No more photocopying of certificates etc., cluttering up site offices.

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What makes a safe worker?

4. “Can I check your CSCS card is in date?”… I am worried about fake cards also… 

As a CSCS IT partner we have access to their database to check worker CSCS cards are in date and not fake. Once checked, workers can continue to use their CSCS on site or alternatively a Mosaic Smartcard can be issued. When the CSCS card expires, an ‘administrator’ is notified, who can inform the worker to get it renewed.

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CSCS cards need to be scrutinised to see if they are in date and also not fake

5. “Do you have a ticket to use this?”…You should also be wearing specific PPE to use this piece of kit…

When a worker is booking out a tool, or piece of plant via the storeroom, Mosaic will flag up if they do not have the right qualifications or skill-set to use it. They can then be denied from taking a piece of equipment that they are not qualified for.

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6. “Who on site has not had a start of shift briefing?”…On a busy and complex project such as this, I need to ensure all workers receive this..

All safety briefings and toolbox talks can easily be recorded against worker records. All the worker has to do is present their smart cards to a reader to record attendance.  

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7. “I am not 100% sure how long that worker has been on site?”…Fatigue management was a real problem on my last job where some guys were double shifting…

Mosaic Fatigue Risk Manager notifies Supervisors (usually in the form of the project

Without technologies help it is impossible to keep track of your workforce all the time
Without technological help, it is difficult to ensure consistent H&S messages are communicated

administration) of workers who have reached their time limit for their shift. The Supervisor can then act accordingly. This helps prevent double shifting and allows shift patterns to be better managed.

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8. “I thought that worker had a site ban in place and was not allowed on here?”…With a site ban in place, I would be open to all sorts of litigation claims should there be an accident…

On a worker’s record ‘site bans’ are recorded and activated. If they still possess a smart card, then this would be flagged up when they try to access the site.

9. “I will need to check when that piece of kit needs an inspection?”…Poorly maintained equipment causes more downtime than we can afford…

Once an asset (which can be tool, small plant, large plant) has been registered on the system, management will be notified when it needs inspection and maintenance.

10. “I am not entirely sure how many workers we have on site at this moment?”…I simply don’t trust the signing in book…

Mosaic Tally, sometimes known as the time and attendance module, means all workers scan onto and off the site using their smart cards. Tally can be set up to work over multiple access points, allowing your workers and contractors alike to be monitored over large geographical areas. This information can easily be retrieved from the system in the form of a report.

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brexit and the UK construction sector

As the skills shortage debate comes to a head – we take a look at recent Brexit news that could further exacerbate this

There has been a lot written in the construction media over the last few years about the skills shortage that the industry faces in the coming decade. More recently the focus has been on how this is will be further compounded by leaving the EU. Balfour Beatty have already come out and said that one in ten of its recruits last year came from other EU countries. They cited Brexit as one of six issues exacerbating an engineering shortage in this country, adding that this could eventually drive up the price of building.

A harder form of Brexit realistically could shrink the construction industry’s capacity. This is during a period when it actually needs to grow to meet government objectives, Lord Stunell a key peer has warned parliament.

He is currently leading a review into the impact leaving the EU will have on the construction sector, and is on record as saying that the industry “needs to expand its capacity by about 35 per cent” in order to deliver key infrastructure projects on the timescales set out. These include major schemes such as Hinkley Point C, a third runway at Heathrow and High Speed 2.

However, should the UK’s exit from the EU manifest itself into a harder kind, where access to the single market is rescinded, the Customs Union is scaled back and under The Treaty of Rome freedom of movement is curtailed, then the industry in his estimations “will shrink by 9 per cent”. This assumption is based on the proportion of the UK construction labour force from elsewhere in the EU, which correlates with Balfour Beatty workforce stats.

Should a harder Brexit prevail, then the skills shortages within the sector will be further exacerbated by an ageing workforce. Regional contractors near Hinkley Point C are already having to change their building designs and methods on projects due to a looming skills shortage in the area.

Regardless of the outcome over the coming years, the opportunity now exists for the industry to further encourage new blood in and to manage the current workforce better to ensure some semblance of continuity can prevail. In order to do this, the larger players in the industry will certainly have to better embrace technology to support the older members of the workforce and find new methods to help ease pinch points in the labour supply.

At Mosaic Management Systems we offers a competency management system at its core (SkillCheck), that could be used to help companies gather data to better assess their exposure to the skills-gaps that are likely to occur in the future. This will aid scenario planning, while providing management with data to base resource allocation decisions upon.

In addition the system also allows for personal information to be complied against a worker record on qualifications and training, but also health issues. On all the aforementioned points the industry will need to come up with creative new initiatives (or further ramp up existing ones) that are quantifiable and beneficial to workers and productivity. Thankfully, our system will be able to assist companies rolling out such ‘worker management’ programmes from the outset.

Mosaic is used by the biggest names in the construction industry to manage a range of safety critical and competency issues on major infrastructure sites and projects.  Indeed, Mosaic is sometimes mandated by companies due to the significant role it plays in reducing site health and safety issues, security, improved productivity and time saved.

To read more about us and the services we offer to the construction industry please click here

 

10 construction trends for construction in 2017

10 UK construction industry trends that will make an impact in 2017

We’ve identified 10 key construction industry trends set to shape the market this year. Advancements in technology and an increased focus on sustainability play a vital role here, pushing construction companies to consider different construction methods and technologies that are smarter and greener than ever before.

  1. Smarter buildings

As technology rapidly progresses and becomes more affordable, our buildings are becoming more intelligent. Innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), are being incorporated into modern building designs to automate certain functions such as energy and water consumption. This use of technology can improve sustainability, efficiency, safety, personalisation, interactivity, and comfort for those who use the facility.

  1. Prefabricated buildings

Architects are experimenting with the prefabricated building technique and enjoying some surprising results. With new technologies in the construction tool-kit, the modern-day prefabricated home can be built in 24 hours – and built well. This has even reached the attention of the British government as a possible solution to the UK’s housing crisis.

  1. BIM modelling

3D computer designs that use Building Information Modelling (BIM) are the new standard. These drawings provide a truly visual experience that gives the whole picture from every angle. As construction industry trends go, it’s becoming an increasingly popular method to view the architectural designs with the specific building systems in place.

When all potential problems have been addressed before the foundations have been poured, the jobsite will be easier to manage, field coordination will be simpler and construction can be done faster, safer, cheaper and to a higher standard.

  1. Mobile technology for on-site construction management

A construction site that runs like a well-oiled machine will save developers time and money. To help foremen manage their site operations more effectively, mobile-operated, cloud-powered software systems and apps are now available to facilitate easier administration. All field coordination as well as individual people management processes such as timesheets, performance reports and task allocation can be assigned, reviewed, tracked and stored on the go. This means managers can get on with overseeing the critical requirements of the build, rather than getting bogged down in administrative staff management.

  1. Green all the way

‘Green’ buildings use less energy and are thus cheaper to run. This, combined with growing concern for the environment, is driving the trend for more environmentally-friendly buildings. In response, new building regulations have come into effect to harness the power of renewable energy.

The British government aims to have 4 million solar-powered homes up and running by 2020. Renewable energies are gaining ground in the construction industry for good reason: between April and September this year, solar power generated more electricity than coal power.

  1. Labour shortage will continue to plague the industry

The next 12 months will see contractors attempt to stave off uncertainty as they deliver a huge pipeline while battling skills and tech challenges.

  1. Uncertainty over BREXIT

Balfour Beatty has already warned that leaving the EU could increase skills shortages in the UK infrastructure sector – and push up costs. Prolonged uncertainty over the split from the EU could have profound effects on the industry if poorly managed by the government.

  1. Offsite/modular construction will gain a stronger foothold in the market

Offsite construction, also called modular or prefab, isn’t new to the industry. However, experts predict the building method will grow in 2017 as quality, time and labour concerns make alternatives to traditional construction methods more attractive. 

  1. Consolidation

The industry’s cyclical nature, fragmented structure, low margins and project risk make sustained financial resilience challenging. According to Construction News fewer companies, better operating structures and more pricing power will reduce the need to underbid and can break the industry’s vicious cycle. Projects will get larger, and require contractors with the resources and balance sheets to shoulder and manage construction risk, and continue to participate in public-private partnerships. Risk mitigation will become a driver.

  1. Safety

The tragedy at Didcot Power Station was the low point of the year for the industry. Investigations continue and the cause will be probed, but the underlying fact is that fatalities rose in construction last year. Since the recession there has been pressure on companies to turn around losses, but this must not come at the expense of safety. We believe there must be a re-focus on this area in 2017.

Health, the oft-overlooked part of health and safety, will finally become a major industry theme in its own right next year. Various campaigns such as Mates in Mind to promote mental health, being led by the Health in Construction Leadership Group and supported by the British Safety Council, as well as CECA’s Stop. Make a Change campaign that is asking companies to use a stand-down day to discuss issues such as mental health and fatigue.

Mosaic is used by the biggest names in the construction industry to manage a range of safety critical and competency issues on major infrastructure sites and projects.  Indeed, Mosaic is sometimes mandated by companies due to the significant role it plays in reducing site health and safety issues, security, improved productivity and time saved.

To read more about us and the services we offer to the construction industry please click here

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US construction survey reveals lack of technology support for project health and safety issues

In a recent American study, ‘The state of construction management report’ helps appreciate a better biggest challengeunderstanding of what their industry successes, challenges, products, and trends are in 2017. While it should be noted that this is an American study, some parallels can be drawn with the UK’s experience in adopting new technology in this sector. So let’s have a look at what they found out.

Daily reporting was at the top of the list of biggest industry challenges, followed by deadlines and resource management. Supervisors, Subcontractors and General Managers all listed Daily Reporting as one of their main industry challenges indicating a growing concern regarding their ability to keep track of critical information. As you would expect deadlines was up in the top 3 along with the managing of staff. Health and safety came at the bottom of the list.

They asked each stakeholder what their biggest daily challenge was in construction management to gain better insight into what each position in the industry identified as their challenges.

Management:

Finding new business was their main concern by far. Maintaining margins, staff issues and health & safety followed on from this:

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Contractors & sub-contractors:

Resource management significantly lead the way for contractors who see it as their biggest daily challenge. This is followed by staff management and deadlines. Health and safety fell mid-way down the list of priorities for contractors and even further down for sub-contractors.

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Supervisors:

Meeting deadlines is the biggest issue for time-pressured supervisors, followed by health and safety and daily reporting. They work extremely closely with contractors and their own workforce on site and therefore are more likely to be involved with daily health and safety issues. Hence it being further up their list of priorities at number 2.

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Technology adoption:

The trend toward adopting technology to improve efficiency is very evident, with the majority of respondents saying they were already using between three and five technology products to support them in this aim. A small percentage of respondents were companies who had really embraced technology, use up to ten technology products on every project. Project management was the main use for technological support, with no mention of Health & Safety in these applications.

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However, when asked what the business priorities were, construction management professionals view safety as the top business priority with efficiency as a close second. Gratifyingly, safety is deemed the main priority, thus ensuring that all employees are kept safe during the construction process.

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While the majority of respondents view their construction management technology solutions as effective to very effective in the final question on the survey, there seems to be a disconnect in terms of technology assisting health and safety on projects – yet all this was cited as a main business objective. This begs the questions, ‘What innovations could be used to address this scant use of applications for safety reasons in the US?’.

Mosaic is used by the biggest names in the construction industry to manage a range of safety critical and competency issues on major infrastructure sites and projects.  Indeed, Mosaic is sometimes mandated by companies due to the significant role it plays in reducing site health and safety issues, security, improved productivity and time saved.

To read more about us and the services we offer to the construction industry please click here

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Source: Vaultnote