Construction companies have begun to use tablets as a valuable resource to reduce the hours, days, even weeks off of their project time. Construction site managers can instantly provide their clients with price quotes, obtain insurance approvals and schedule project start dates, all without leaving the job site. Tablets have proved to be invaluable on a construction in regards to cost, but cutting costs may only be scratching the surface, Rugged tablets on construction sites may also help to prevent serious injuries and even death.
Prevent Serious Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites are risky places. Preventing falls, avoiding equipment related accidents and other job site related injuries are only a small amount of the daily safe considerations on a project site. According to OSHA, one in five worker deaths in 2014 were in construction. Falls, being struck by an object and electrocution were the leading causes of death for construction workers.
There are typically two primary risks on a construction site, proper planning and communication. However, thanks to modern technology, devices, such as tablets, help plan safer job sites and improve communications. A few of the ways a tablet may help to prevent construction site injuries and deaths include:
A tablet allows construction site employees to turn digital files in 3-D illustrations. This is extremely beneficial for preventing serious accidents on project sites, such as bridges and high rise buildings. The ability to view the work area in 3-D not only reduces the risk of human error and accidents while inspecting these sites, but prevents the risk of accidents while working on the project. Construction workers will have a better view of the exact area in which they will be working, which can reduce accidents such as falls from sections not visibly seen or slipping from a narrow passage.
There is a vast array of safety apps and software available to help address some of the greatest risks in the construction industry. For example, modeling software provides visualization of every detailed element of a facility, prior to it being built. This type of advanced planning is crucial for identifying construction site hazards by allowing project managers to evaluate the risks before construction begins and preparing the workers for the conditions they will face.
Communication Saves Lives
Good communication is essential on a construction site, not only is it necessary for efficiency, but as a safety measure as well. Tablets allow constant communications between supervisors and workers, which allows for instant notification of a safety problem or accidents. Tablets are becoming a required “tool” and can be found in the tool belts of contractors, line men and electricians. A tablet provides phone, email and camera capabilities, allowing for instant medical attention for a job site accident. In many situations, construction site deaths may be prevented when communications are available.
The risk of accidents on a construction site can never be completely eliminated, but if everybody involved with the operation of the construction site has access to a tablet, especially when doing a potentially dangerous task, it may very well contribute to preventing serious injuries or death.