Contractor Software Improves Construction Safety
Construction sites are a dangerous place. Currently, there are about 250,000 construction sites in the United States, with over 6 million workers employed at them. Every year there are roughly 150,000 injuries from construction site accidents, and more than 1,000 deaths. This makes the construction industry the most dangerous place to work in the country. How can you guarantee that important safety measures are being taken? Perhaps your construction safety processes are carried out using various spreadsheets and paper forms. With increasing competitive pressures and more demanding compliance requirements, the time has never been more opportune to equip your construction firm with contractor software that will help ensure the safety of your sites.
Certifications, Licensing & Training
Time spent on education is never wasted, especially when the topic is safety. Safety tips can be as simple as reminders that seat belts save lives or as complex as off-site safe driver education courses. One of the most important parts of safety education is having your team recognize that safety is critical to management.
The training module within Kosmas tracks crew member certifications, licensing and training. Then, when a crew member is assigned to a job site, equipment, tool, vehicle, etc, Kosmas automatically checks to see if the crew member you wish to schedule meets the requirements necessary. The system also stores which job sites have various OSHA certifications, require background checks, and any other requirements then cross references those against scheduled crew members. Any discrepancies create a warning message for whomever is scheduling.
Toolbox meetings, tailgate meetings, coffee break meetings, or whatever name is used, are short safety meetings and training programs intended to boost employee awareness of safety and its importance in the workplace. Two of the strongest tools in safety are “knowledge” and “awareness” and these meetings utilize both. These sessions are intended to periodically focus attention on important safety issues, frequently reminding employees why procedures and other safeguards are in place and why it is important to follow them.
Having safety meetings or “toolbox talks” on your construction site is key to every safety program. When used properly, these talks can be an effective method for teaching workers safety awareness and for conveying the importance your company places upon safety.
Kosmas contractor software helps manage safety programs with a module specifically for job-site safety “Tool Box” talks. In Kosmas you can have an unlimited number of topics for crews to review and allows field workers to sign the document while in the field and create digital documentation. This allows for easy training and documentation of when training was completed and for whom.
Vehicles & Special Equipment Management
Construction Vehicles and equipment are powerful, dangerous tools that must be managed appropriately to ensure the safety of the crew members operating them. Kosmas makes the difficult task of fleet and equipment safety easier.
Every vehicle in your fleet and piece of equipment requires regular maintenance, but heavy schedules can make it difficult to plan and schedule maintenance. In Kosmas, vehicles have preventative maintenance checks and pre-defined intervals that notify currently assigned personnel of what action to take to keep equipment working safely and properly. The advantage of prescheduling preventive maintenance is that you will experience less unplanned downtime, which will actually help with scheduling. Using this contractor software, you can even create a checklist for each vehicle, ensuring that all manufacturer-recommended maintenance is planned in advance. You can save some time by grouping interval‑based maintenance, such as fluid changes and tire rotations, to minimize the time a vehicle is off-road.
By properly tracking and maintaining your vehicles, you can increase the safety of your fleet and the drivers who operate those vehicles. The best part is that not only can Kosmas contractor software enhance the safety of your sites and workers, it could also result in improved overall operations, reduced costs and better performance, the real reward is the peace of mind you achieve knowing you’ve done all you can to ensure the safety of your fleet and drivers.
Construction software with safety features have played a major role in the safety improvements of the industry. From communication to documentation and training, the right contractor software tools can facilitate all of the important processes of a well-thought-out safety program. Kosmas Contractor Software is one of the best tools on the market to help improve the safety of your construction business.
About Kosmas Construction Software
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