The emergence of technology has given many companies the tools to become faster and more efficient in how they complete projects. But on the flip side, these same worksites have gotten even more dangerous. The reason is that as companies have continued to invest in equipment to speed up job completion, they have failed to invest in technology to protect their employees. Crews now work with pieces of equipment that cost millions of dollars but still use a pen and paper to inspect them. Shouldn't our data collection methods evolve with the equipment we are using?
It is outrageous to believe that we can reduce danger to 0% on a job site, but there are steps we can take to mitigate the inherent risk of working in specific industries. GoCanvas can help you eliminate many of these potential risks by giving you a platform that instantly allows you to collect, share, and learn from your information instantly.
3 Ways to a Safer Workplace
- Daily Safety Checklists: Are you making sure that each piece of equipment is up to code and working properly every single day? Did you even receive today's reports? The answer is probably a mixture of yes and no. Many companies have daily checklists to complete, but they routinely forget to do them or they don't receive them back on time. A report is only as good as the time frame it is received in. If it is returned late, that data does not allow you to make real-time decisions. Mobile safety checklists can ensure that photos, signatures, and site location details are collected on every single report, every single time. You are also able to track the status of reports in the GoCanvas Dispatch manager, so you can ensure data comes back on time.
- Job Safety Analysis(JSA) Forms: A JSA is very important in terms of identifying, addressing, and preventing accidents in the workplace. This form is crucial in ensuring that every job or task is properly reviewed and inspected by the whole site team. The issue today is that teams are not coming together to review, approve, and sign off on each JSA. With a mobile JSA, members of a crew can thoroughly fill out the inspection, send the mobile document to their site supervisors to review on their mobile device, and sign-off if every looks good. This "workflow" process ensures that everyone who is responsible for reviewing and signing-off on the JSA receives it before it is marked as "complete".
- Safety Reporting: It is great to mobilize all your different types of paper forms so that you can ensure data quality and collection time, but it is meaningless if you can actually "do" anything with it. With paper, you have to gather all the information you collected and manually re-type it into an Excel spreadsheet or other type database. Usually, the process ends here. With a mobile platform like GoCanvas, all the information that is collected from your field users is automatically stored in the cloud database. Now you can search, filter, and export your database by region, project site, employee name, and more to analyze specific records. You also have the ability to create custom dashboards using the GoCanvas Connect tool. With this tool, you can setup Excel-based pivot charts and tables based on safety related KPIs so that you can track what is happening, when it is happening. This will allow you to become proactive, instead of reactive when it comes to safety related issues.