BY STAN SINGH, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
RAKEN, AN AGC OF CALIFORNIA AND SAN DIEGO CHAPTER MEMBER
Safety is (and always will be) a top priority in construction. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep your crews safe and provide them with the latest resources and tools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on your jobsites. Following the measures provided by OSHA and the CDC will not only help your jobsites stay open but will help improve your employees’ perception of safety too. How can you make sure the protocols are being followed? By increasing your communication and documentation.
ASK DAILY SAFETY QUESTIONS
In addition to holding more toolbox talks, you can use COVID-19 specific daily checklist questions to get a pulse check on all your jobsites. Implementing these daily questions will help provide clear and timely insight for the office to what’s happening in the field, including any safety concerns or delays that may come up. It’s critical to have daily documentation to point back to in case of any delays or disputes, and these questions can help you keep a clear record.
Questions to ask your crews every day:
- Was anyone sent home due to illness or high temperature?
- Was the new COVID-19 protocol discussed?
- Did all workers follow social distancing requirements?
- Were temporary toilets and wash stations serviced?
- Were commonly used areas cleaned?
- Any COVID-19 related delays?
NEW AGC WEB PAGE SHOWS HOW THE INDUSTRY IS PROTECTING WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC
Few industries are as well suited to protecting workers as the construction industry. Contractors are used to following complex and ever-changing safety rules and finding ways to make inherently dangerous work safe. The coronavirus has forced firms to change the way they operate to maintain that commitment to safety. AGC of America has developed a new website designed to highlight how the construction industry is working to protect construction workers and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. This new site, workingsafe.agc.org, highlights many of the steps firms are taking to protect workers and includes photos of different examples of these practices.
These questions may seem fairly simple, but collecting the answers across all your active jobsites and adding them to your daily report means you’ll know exactly what’s happening each day without being on-site. This also helps you spot any problems or potential hazards early so you can take the necessary steps to mitigate the risks.
Now more than ever, it’s critical to keep daily documentation that you can point back to in the case of any future disputes or requests for proof that the safety protocols are being followed. These new protocols will start to add up and impact your jobsite productivity—but your increased documentation can help protect your business and prove your crews are following all the recommended steps.
VISIT AGC’S WEBSITE FREQUENTLY TO TAP INTO COVID-19 RESOURCES
AGC is committed to providing its members with valuable resources and updates during these challenging times. AGC compiled comprehensive resources on a new webpage dedicated to COVID-19 and the construction industry. You can navigate to topic-specific news and information or browse the latest updates from the website. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information online accordingly.
Collecting physical papers every day works…until it doesn’t. Rather than risk losing one of the papers or spending hours getting crews to complete them and send them in, you can automate the process and get some valuable time back. By implementing a digital tool that has streamlined safety features like a daily checklist and integrated toolbox talks, you’ll have one place to go as your source of truth for each day’s documentation.
Providing your field team with a way to quickly report data from the jobsite means they’re more likely to actually do it, giving the office more accurate and standardized data in the end. The easier you make it, the more willing they’ll be to complete the extra questions. This is a crucial time to empower your field crews and make sure they have everything they need to stay compliant and efficiently communicate updates to the office.
Above all else, it’s important to stay in constant communication with your crews and document any safety concerns early and in writing. This will protect your business and help you stay on top of all the constant changes and obstacles you may be facing during this time. Make it simple for your team to send you streamlined, accurate data on a daily basis so you can confidently keep your jobsites open and know everyone is following the required protocols. The best way to protect your business and your crews is by giving them the tools they need and support to continue operating with the highest safety standards in mind.
Stan Singh is the director of product for Raken and works closely with superintendents and foreman in the field to help alleviate their pain points associated with jobsite documentation through the use of technology. Raken offers solutions for daily reporting, safety, production tracking, and time cards.