Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology

Tracking leading and lagging indicators and using that data to make decisions about workplace safety efforts can help reduce injuries and illnesses and in some cases, can contribute to productivity gains.

Join us for a May 12 webinar, “Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology,” explores the technology-driven journey of Moss Construction. Moss reduced injuries and illnesses while maintaining an impressive TRIR of 0.44 at a LTIR of 0.15. At the same time, the company experienced a 30 to 40 percent year-over-year growth with approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.

The webinar is hosted by Construction Executive and features Scott Gerard, Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety for Moss Construction, and Scott Gaddis, Practice Lead and VP of Health and Safety for Intelex. They will discuss how the company utilizes Intelex technology to successfully manage safety performance, reducing injuries and related costs. Gerard also will share some of the ways he’ uses technology to manage active construction sites while dealing with the threat of COVID-19 to both employees and the business.

Tracking Safety Performance

The most recent Safety Performance Report released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) tracked 35 data points from member companies. ABC uses the data to determine the correlation between leading indicator use and lagging indicator performance, which is measured by the Total Recordable Incident Rate and Days Away and Restricted or Transferred rate.

The report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent. This means the best-performing companies are 680 percent safer than the industry average, something that is borne out by the experience of Moss Construction.

In fact, Moss’ leadership believes that safety performance correlates to sustainable growth for the company. “If people aren’t safe on sites and we are not mindful of the environment, our entire business is at risk,” says Moss CEO Bob L. Moss. “Safety is a foundation for sustainable growth. Without the efforts of the entire team and our excellent safety record, we could not have grown this quickly. It’s all about keeping people who work on our sites safe and ensuring people who live in the area are also safe. Safety means work gets done — on time and on budget.”

Successfully Using Tech to Track Indicators

To that end, Moss Construction uses technology to track many of the same leading and lagging indicators highlighted in the Safety Performance Report. The company collects data on incident management and tracking, safety hazards inspection and reporting, employee engagement, and training management to prevent injuries and protect the environment. Having everything driven through Intelex integrates all data into a single database where Gerard and his team conduct comprehensive analysis. He now sees trends across the entire footprint of the company because the data shows him where to spend his safety-related efforts.

“For instance, scrapes and abrasions were largely inflicted on workers’ hands while they were stripping formwork and rigging cranes,” says Gerard. They discovered many of these incidents were likely related to ineffective personal protection. “We drastically reduced those two injuries by using specially designed, test-specific gloves. Because of the potential for head injuries, we are moving to rescue-style safety helmets.”  

Moss’ most recent app addition – Safety Hazards & Observations – is helping the company better communicate with its field operations team members and its extensive network of contractors. If one of them is struggling with a high rate of injuries, for instance, Moss can utilize metrics provided by Intelex to have fact-based conversations with them.

Measurable Metrics

Everyone benefits from receiving measurable metrics that they can strive to improve against. “We think of our workers like athletes who need to be properly trained, properly equipped and know the play in order to win,” says Gerard.  

Learn how a $2 billion construction company:

  • Leverages data to target efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses.
  • Meets and exceeds regulatory compliance utilizing technology.
  • Tracks training and and safety observations.
  • Promotes employee engagement through the use of bulletins.
  • Reduces workers’ compensation costs.

Register for “Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology” here.  

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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