Using Handheld Technology To Improve Construction Site Safety Audits.

Learn how Chicago’s Sheffield Safety & Loss Control has improved their auditing process resulting in savings of 25 -30% of the time that they spend on construction site safety audits.
 
March 25, 2010 - PRLog -- Time is of the essence when being faced with the important task of addressing potentially dangerous working environments. Safety audits need to be done efficiently and effectively or else someone might get hurt.

Inspectors are starting to realize how emerging hand held technology can drastically reduce the time they spend on safety audits, maximizing the ability to recognize safety hazards and resolve them more quickly. Read this featured case study to learn more.

Background:

Sheffield Safety & Loss Control (SSLC) provides the highest level of safety expertise to assist their clients in eliminating accidents on construction sites. SSLC performs site audits for clients adhering to OSHA standards. The audits address a long list of items including fire protection, cranes and rigging, material handling and storage, first aid, fall protection, scaffolding, walking surfaces and much more.

Once their onsite safety audit is complete, SSLC provides their clients with detailed reports including photographs summarizing safety and loss control issues observed, as well as overall safety standings and improvement recommendations.


Challenge:

Paul Wojcieszak, CSP / CHST, performs 3 to 4 site audits a day. Prior to using UMT Audit software, Wojcieszak needed to return to his office to download pictures, sort through notes and enter data into spread sheets so that he could compile a necessary report. “It was a tedious process,” explains Wojcieszak. The company needed a way to streamline their data collection and automate their data entry process.


Solution:

By choosing the UMT Audit software solution ( http://www.laubrass.com/products/?id=15260696 ) Paul Wojcieszak was able to program a configuration that allows him to perform any construction site safety audit on a PDA.  

“I’m not a computer person by any means, I’m in construction and yet I found the software really easy and straight forward to program. The training tutorials and user manuals made the process of getting started really easy. Furthermore, the support I receive when I call or email Laubrass has always been top notch” he says.


Results:

Now up and running for 3 months with UMT Audit, Wojciezsak has performed over 50 construction site audits using a PDA and claims that he is seeing “huge benefits.”  All data and observations collected by Sheffield Safety & Loss Control can now be easily uploaded to their customized audit report and instantly made available to their clients.

Wojcieszak says “Now all I have to do when I get to the office is print out the audit report and the photo page. This is where I really see the benefit of this software - in the amount of time we’re saving on administrative tasks.  We’re saving about 25-30% of the time spent on each audit, every time. ”

More information and case studies available at http://www.laubrass.com
Specif information about Safety and Security audits using PDA technology available here: http://www.laubrass.com/products/?id=8025647

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Founded in 1993, Laubrass specializes in the design, manufacturing and distribution of products and software aimed at optimizing production lines and administrative processes, and at facilitating various forms of data capture on handheld computers.
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