Digital incident reporting in construction can save lives

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Digital construction

Digital advances in the construction industry

Digital construction is becoming far more ingrained in the built environment, with business process automation at the forefront of streamlined processes. QHSE workflows and management approval processes are utilised in many departments, including procurement teams issuing purchase orders, design teams automating the steps to approve drawings and quality control teams managing inspection and test procedures.

Health and safety naturally lends itself to automated business processes, with incident reporting and near miss, good catch practice forms being significantly improved through automation.

Safety and the construction industry

Construction is a high-risk industry. Busy construction sites are full of potential hazards. Over the past two decades, there have been vast improvements in the safety performance of construction companies. This has come from legislation, improvements in construction methods and an increase in internal health and safety management systems.

Implementing digital QHSE workflows

With more and more companies going digital, it is imperative to introduce automated systems and workflow software into your business processes to demonstrate current safety practices and keep up with competition.

Incident reporting guidelines and procedure

Traditionally, incident reporting was reactive and tended to use only prior incidents as the basis for review. The incidents may have only been recorded through phone calls or meetings and a note in the accident book, without any real health and safety quality control.

Standard industry guidance for managing health and safety sets out incident reporting guidelines to those implementing arrangements in their organisation. One of the common features of industry guidance is to ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ . This can be implemented through an automated construction incident reporting process.

Construction incident reporting tools

A standard incident reporting procedure will normally involve specific incident reporting tools such as a form to fill in and a process to follow to escalate the incident to management, depending on the severity. A digital workflow and process automation result in reduced process failure, as there is less reliance on employees to take positive action, such as making phone calls and sending emails.

Legislation and incident reporting

Legislation can vary from country to country, but generally places a duty of care upon those working in construction to manage their own health and safety and the health and safety of those around them so far as it is reasonable. More information on this can be found on the relevant government website for your region.

There are numerous regulations that you must be aware of, which include things such as lifting operations, personal protective equipment, control of hazardous substances and incident reporting guidelines. Compliance with legislation can be automated through online forms and QHSE workflows.

Forward-thinking companies use business process automation for effective audits of construction sites for compliance with laws, regulations and good industry practice. This can identify strengths and opportunities for improvement, which can improve overall health, safety and quality on construction sites. It can also highlight areas for immediate concern and expedite corrective action.

Why is your safety incident reporting procedure important?

Incident reporting workflow and procedure is incredibly important to any construction business from an ethical, statutory and profit point of view. Accidents are bad for business and most clients will ask for accident history when tendering for any work.

If there is no incident reporting system, it becomes difficult to learn from past mistakes and implement changes to avoid recurrence. This would be viewed adversely in any accident investigations or prosecutions.

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Incident reporting system

Identifying Trends

The ‘Check’ stage is recommended when managing health and safety which requires measuring of performance and investigating accidents, incidents and near misses. Therefore, an incident reporting workflow needs to be in place for incidents to be reported, which captures the required details for escalation to the appropriate level of management.

The procedure must also be able to identify trends. For example, minor hand injuries may not require serious escalation, but a large number of reported minor hand injuries could signal a worrying trend and require investigation to understand if there is a pattern emerging.

What could happen if your safety incident reporting procedure isn’t working?

Many countries have strict rules on the reporting of incidents. For example, the U.K. has Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, Ireland has Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 2016 and the U.S. has the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 where reporting is detailed in Section 8.

Where regulations set out minimum reporting timelines for specified injuries, dangerous occurrences and occupational diseases, an effective safety reporting process is critical to ensure that these issues are captured and reported in the statutory timescales.

Kianda software is easily tailored to meet specific laws and regulations, and readily adaptable to any changes in legislation as they occur.

An example of an incident report required by these regulations would be if a scaffolding collapsed in Ireland, which must be reported to the Health and Safety Authority in ten days, or risk prosecution. In the U.K., an incident such as this would need to be reported immediately.

Penalties

If you don’t report a reportable occurrence to the appropriate health and safety enforcement agency, there can often be a custodial prison sentence for the responsible person, or persons and a large fine for the business.

Learning from incidents reduces the risk of recurrence (and the severity if they do reoccur) and is key to keeping workers safe and incident free. This in turn contributes to keeping a business profitable and successful.

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Incident reporting software

Why use digital workflows to manage incident reporting?

Digital workflow software can be used to implement incident reporting forms. An online form is used to simplify the reporting of incidents, provide visibility of incidents to management and provide key metrics related to the number of near misses and incidents.

It should also collect information about why incidents may have happened and suggested actions on how to prevent recurrence.

Effective use of an incident reporting form can reduce the time it takes for people to report incidents, reduce additional paperwork and track actions that have been identified to prevent incidents recurring.

It also allows for a high standard of quality control by setting mandatory fields for data input.

Management information and monitoring

Management can view weekly, monthly and yearly overviews of performance via dashboards. This means that decisions can be targeted at reducing the risk of future incidents.

There is also a track record of the steps that have been taken, to help demonstrate a company’s commitment and efforts to improve their health and safety record.

By reviewing health and safety performance, lessons can be learned and shared through several mediums, such as additional training, toolbox talks, changes to construction methodology, purchase of new equipment, or a review of approved sub-contractors.

Implementing effective construction incident systems

The end users of the system must be considered when implementing the systems, as well as those in the management chain. Barriers to reporting should be minimised, so employees should be trained and able to submit forms online or offline and capture data from the incident easily (such as pictures from a smart phone or tablet).

Software for construction processes
Software for construction processes

Good practices

Effective incident reporting systems also have a focus on near miss reporting and good practices. Near misses are useful for looking at close calls where someone has been lucky and putting steps in place to ensure that luck does not play a part in people’s future safety.

An example of an incident report that involves pro-active management is good practices. Good practices look at what is going well and provide feedback to the teams to improve morale and belief in health and safety, whilst also allowing for these good practices to be distributed to other teams.

Kianda is a software platform that allows companies like yours to automate and streamline business processes such as incident reporting via easily built online forms and workflows.

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About Author:
Osvaldo Sousa – Digital process automation expert with almost two decades of experience in information technologies. He is the CEO/Co-founder of Kianda Technologies.

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Why you should embrace digital employee onboarding and induction in construction

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Digital Onboarding and Induction for Construction

Employers spend a lot of resources on recruiting the right talent but not enough on employee onboarding and induction. Over 20% of staffing turnover that companies suffer occurs in the first 45 days. Imagine the cost of recruiting, training and breaking in a new worker only to have to hire another one two months later. It means that when you don’t invest in an employee retention strategy your company can incur significant monetary losses by year-end.

HR employee onboarding process should be integrated into the recruitment plan.

Onboarding and induction are designed to minimise this risk by improving the competency, productivity and satisfaction of workers. This process is an opportunity to sell your organisation to an employee. It is why HR employee onboarding process should be integrated into the recruitment plan.

Construction sector is no different than any other sector. Companies in construction deal with people from professional employees to workers in the skilled labour trades. Onboarding of employees serves as a starting point to introduce a culture of the organisation. Trying to keep key employees has always been vital to the long-term success . Especially for construction sector not only onboarding but also properly managed and monitored induction is vital.

Employees without proper health and safety inductions tend to have a higher tendency for negligence to regulations.

Moreover, these workers are also prone to injuries and fatalities because of misinformation to properly deal with hazards in the workplace. Onboarding and induction processes ensure workers are fully informed about the organization and are aware of their responsibilities.

Technology and Onboarding

Over the years, technology changed how construction companies conduct their employee onboarding. The availability of the internet, for example, has changed how people communicate. People also have easy access to information.

Relationships are easy to manage now, and that is part of a great induction process. Digital construction onboarding relies on software and other tools to assist in the different elements.

The digitalisation of the employee onboarding process comes with certain benefits like cost-efficiency, reliability and speed.

Companies in the construction sector that lag on their employee induction process should understand the various benefits that it offers so that they can capitalise.

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Initial experience that an employee has about your company is vital. It shapes how workers perceive their stay in the organisation. How you handle employees during the induction process will determine if they stick with you or not. A construction or engineering company can use onboarding to set up the foundation on which employees will develop their careers.

A rewarding onboarding and employee induction process should strive to mentor, educate and support individuals. Employees should see that their employer is interested in them as individuals, not only as resources to help achieve the bottom line.

Workers should have the fundamental basics of the duties that they are supposed to carry out. They must also know the company culture to make it easy to them to acclimate. All these elements contribute to a strong foundation that will give an employer confidence.

Enhance Safety

The construction sector has many health and safety requirements that employees have to meet. When bringing in new people for a project, a supervisor or project leader must ensure that each member is up to date on the latest safety standards.

The building industry has some of the biggest numbers of workplace injuries. Some of the accidents can be fatal. Failure to observe safety standards can cost a company millions in injuries and lawsuits. A good way to prevent that is to provide proper training and information for every work. Employee induction is one of the HR processes that offer this.

You can implement a digital onboarding and induction application in your business that helps workers learn different aspects such as project processes, equipment handling and safety protocols. Digital onboarding makes it easy for a company to track what employees are learning and prevent some things from falling through the cracks.

Reduce Costs

The expenses that come with the onboarding process is one reason a number of building companies don’t bother investing in it. Establishing training programs for different new hires and offering them the right resources can be expensive, especially for small enterprises. However, business process automation comes with enticing cost savings that make the investment worth it.

Unlike physical onboarding, you don’t have to rent training space, hire trainers or travel to remote locations to get the required information. Recruits can get when what they need from anywhere they are. Another way you reduce costs is by improving employee retention rate. A well thought-out employee onboarding process will help keep your workers loyal, which means you don’t lose money on recruiting new hires every few months.

Save Time and Boost Production

Business process automation means reduced paperwork for your staff. Admin tasks that several different departments are required to take action before a new hire can start can all be digitalised. This aims to transform paper forms, questionnaires to digital forms with automated notifications. This will enable better management for the entire process from pre-employment, onboarding to induction stages.

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Construction Workflow Software

Onboarding alone requires employees to fill different forms that can take time when doing it the old-fashioned way. Digitally managed process saves time by making these available to employees anytime and anywhere.

Besides the paperless forms, the staff doesn’t have to travel for the induction procedure, and that saves time. The less time that workers spend on the onboarding process, the more time they have to dedicate to other duties. Time savings lead to enhanced productivity, particularly for a workforce that knows how to capitalise on every available opportunity.

Companies with poor retention rate lose a lot of time. Calculate the time it takes to recruit the right candidates for certain positions then train them. Imagine losing even a single employee after investing that time. The HR employee onboarding process, when done right, saves you this time wastage.

Reaching Workers Anywhere

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Digital Construction Process

Technological advances have allowed building companies to have projects across different regions. With digital onboarding, an enterprise can easily get to employees who are far away. Just because you have remote workers a thousand miles away doesn’t mean that they have to travel to the headquarters for induction or you have to incur extras costs to train them from where they are.

All workers will have access to the same quality of training.

Onboarding software allows regional and global enterprises to give their employees the training and support that they require. You only need the necessary devices for remote workers and employees in different parts of the globe to access the same material. Digital process automation ensures that you can give your company flexibility without letting some elements suffer. All workers will have access to the same quality of training.

Customisation of Induction Procedures

Enterprises have an easy time customising onboarding programs when using specialised software. Workers at a building company have wildly varying roles, which means that the induction processes are not always the same. Workplace-specific induction is a mandatory requirement in the building sector.

Software for construction processes
Software for construction processes

A company can go further and offer task-specific onboarding. For instance, employees at a site who have to work at heights might receive training on the use of fall arrest equipment. The engineering department can have different onboarding from the contractors. The advantage of this is that project leaders, managers and supervisors don’t have to spend time onboarding staff members for roles that don’t apply to them.

Continuous Learning

Employees should be able to keep up with the dynamic times in which they work. Various elements in the building sector change with time. One day a worker is using this machine, and next month a different type comes around. Digital employee onboarding makes it possible for an organisation to provide continuous learning to its people.

Onboarding is not a clear cut process and, therefore, some aspects will evolve with time. With technology, you can ensure that your company doesn’t miss any steps as it grows. You can reduce the risk of your employees getting left behind as other building businesses leverage evolving technologies. Besides making your company safe, you get to build its reputation. A company that is always updated in its business operations is attractive to employees and clients.

Onboarding is one of the HR processes that can shape or break your company. The induction procedure lets an enterprise show its support to employees through training, mentorship and education. Digital employee onboarding allows you to do this excellently.

If you would like to find out about how we help companies in construction sector to enhance their employee onboarding and induction procedures please get in touch with us: discover@kianda.com

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Digital Construction Process Automation

AUTHOR: Derya Sousa COO of Kianda Technologies 
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Digital Transformation in Construction and Engineering

Construction and Engineering industries are changing at a rapid pace. They experience a significant digital transformation in several areas.

Digitizing business processes is one of the areas that is expected to support companies in enhancing their processes and decreasing costs.

Technology driven innovation for construction has been delivering real benefits to the industry in the recent years.

And there is no doubt that the companies who adopt the latest technologies, software innovations, equipment and business process automation will be more likely to succeed.

Digital Process Automation solutions are technologies that help companies to run their operations smoothly. They minimize manual and time-consuming tasks with streamlined processes that reduce operating costs.

In a simple way, they provide ways to build online forms and automate workflows to handle certain actions such as capturing data, task assignments and scheduling notifications. This applies to any business process that is required to be digitized.

What’s in it for you?

As an example, you can have more time to spend on your valuable commercial relationships rather than chasing after manual project approval processes. Therefore, you can focus more on revenue generating activities.

Time-sensitive key commercial decisions should not be delayed due to inefficient communications

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Today many organisations still use excel and email communications to manage their processes such as Bid Proposals and Contract Management. They store data in spreadsheets, print and approve manually and communicate via email.

This is mainly due to the lack of technical staff or amount of time that is required to digitize such processes. This laborious process can cost companies a lot of time and money when they grow beyond small sized company.

Especially when companies are dealing with business-critical bid proposals or contracts. Time-sensitive commercial decisions should not be delayed due to manual processes and inefficient communications channels.

Most importantly, no company can ignore possible losses that can be caused by risk and error-prone manual processes. 

Certainly, the level of transparency and efficiency that can be achieved via process automation software is significant. An online approval process can eliminate inefficiencies and become central point for approval tasks and decision making.

New technologies can easily transform any manual processes from paper to digital.

Using new technologies to automate construction processes have many benefits in the long term.  This is because they can easily transform manual processes from paper to digital. As a result companies generate less paper, manage their processes online and become more efficient.

Everyday chaos caused by piles of paper and manual work in the office or on the construction site can be minimized significantly.

What are the real benefits of digital process automation for construction?

  • Key business decisions can be made more efficiently and without any delays.
  • Digital documents / online processes are easier to track and manage.
  • Admin tasks can be automated, more work can be completed on time and budget.
  • Better project and data management.
  • Collaboration becomes easier between people involved in the workflow regardless of where they are.
  • Higher visibility of the progress and easier analytical reporting.

Construction processes such as:

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  • Approval to start a project
  • ESHQ Management
  • Incident Reporting
  • Bid Proposals
  • Document Control
  • Action plans 
  • Administrative tasks
  • Employee onboarding and induction
    or simply sending automatic notifications on-the-go can all be digitized and improved. In addition, allowing web and mobile access to staff from any location becomes more important for companies with remote workers across different locations.

Clear understanding of company performance

Moreover, process automation solutions bring a very clear understanding of the performance of a company via detailed analytics and reports through customizable dashboards. These dashboards can be tailored based on each department’s requirements, helping them with their productivity.

Easy project management for construction

For instance, all necessary information about a project, communications between people involved in the process and live monitoring can be centralized in a single place. Even more, this can be made accessible online or offline from anywhere and any device.

Finally, new technologies are here to help organisations to spot bottlenecks faster, make decisions on time and operate efficiently.

Business process automation solutions can help construction companies to bring quality and standardize processes. Ultimately help them to increase their competitive advantage in business.

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About Author:
Osvaldo Sousa – Digital process automation innovator with almost two decades of experience in information technologies. He is the CEO/Co-founder of Kianda Technologies.