My current app series focuses on The Five Workflows for Apps in Construction that construction professionals can use. This week I will explore the realm of safety apps for mobile devices. Do you remember in the old days (I.E. 2009) when construction Superintendents and Safety Coordinators had to document tasks such as safety inspections and accident reports of paper forms or maybe a fancy Excel spreadsheet

Properly documenting safety activities on construction project sites is very important. Unlike other workflows, certain safety events such as accidents or OSHA inspections can have significant long term effect on companies. One of the first safety moto’s ever taught to me was “If you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it!” Here are a few great apps to try out for documenting safety activities such as a inspections and accidents…

iAuditor:

iAuditor is a web based platform with an and available on both iOS and Android devices. This form generator app lets you create and distribute forms to your team. After completing the inspections and reports these items can be converted to a PDF and emailed to the office. The website version offers a syncing function ( a paid monthly fee) for office staff to review all field team members completed reports in one spot. The app features a useful dashboard of the users recent activities.

Intuit / Quickbase:

Have you tried the available apps through app stores and found them lacking or not able to mesh with your company workflows? Have you explored the process of building your own custom app through a developer? What if you could create your own app through a drag and drop process online? What if you could deploy these apps to your team online? If this sounds interesting to you, then take a look at Quickbase. This online platform is web based and works on mobile devices. A Master Account holder can create and share safety forms to other team members. The connected team members can complete safety workflows such as safety inspections,  safety observations, or log a project hazard into the system.

SafetyMojo:

SafetyMojo is a web based platform with an and available on both iOS and Android devices. This form generator app lets you create and distribute forms to your team. After completing the inspections and reports these items can be synced to their central database. The website version offers a central location for safety staff to review all field team members completed reports in one spot. One very unique feature of the app is the ability to translate your forms to be mult-language!  Additionally our forms dynamically can be switched between english and the secondary language on the fly, in the middle of a meeting.

Safety-Reports:

The Safety-Reports.com Safety Inspection Management System is web-based system is supported by Android and Apple Apps and works with smartphones and tablets. It has an offline mode for completing inspections where cellular or Wi-Fi connections are unavailable.  Safety observations are automatically uploaded to a database and accessible for trending and analysis! Ensure “open” items are closed out using our electronic Corrective Action Tracking System!  The apps generates professional looking reports in Word or PDF in minutes.  The standard checklists reference applicable regulatory standards and includes a web-link to the standard (i.e. OSHA, DOT, etc.).

SafeSite:

The SafeSite platform is web based and works on mobile devices. SafeSite app users can complete basic safety workflows such as safety inspections,  safety observations, or log a project hazard such as a missing guardrail at a elevator shaft. A few advanced features include logging a safety observation ( such as employee not wearing the proper PPE), entering maintenance information for equipment (ex. a broken ladder), or filing out a incident reporting: record worker labour statistics for Lost Time Injury Reporting. This unique platform also has customizable Inspection Templates and offer SMS, Email and In-App Real Time Notifications. Master Account users can set up Daily or Weekly Automated Safety Summaries for measuring performance. Do you need an easy export option? The SafeSite platform allows users to export reports in the  PDF format.

StriveZero:

StriveZero is a web based safety platform that brings the entire project team  together to collaborate in creating the best risk assessments so supervisors and workers can best prevent incidents. Their five-step process helps everyone from site superintendents to experienced safety leaders conduct a thorough analysis of the task to be performed. The online analysis application looks back at a companies exposure from past analyses, previous inspections, and recent organization-wide incidents, along with the task conditions, equipment, tools, and materials to automatically flag and float noteworthy hazards and controls to the top of the lists. The platform ensures you identify every hazard to which the workers could be exposed and select all the appropriate controls to mitigate the risk. One unique element about the StriveZero platform is that is connected to the actual OSHA regulations through a database along with your organization’s best practices to help you add hazards and controls quickly and easily.

Stay tuned next week for more apps that help improve workflows on your project site.