Roofers know that safety is priority #1 on a job site, and thanks to technology and a few industry apps, managing safety can be a made a little easier for you and your crews.
As a roofer and business owner, it is no secret that safety needs to be a top priority. The statistics are alarming… Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths in 2015 were in construction. (source: OSHA.gov) To top it off, Forbes recently listed roofing as one of “America’s Deadliest Jobs”; roofing ranked high on the list at #5 with heat and height being some of the major risk factors.
While there are no substitutes for a solid safety policy and proper training, there are some helpful tools and apps that can assist your crews in accessing safety information necessary to address certain hazardous conditions and life-threatening situations:
- First Aid by American Red Cross– Yes, you have the posters in your office and a guide in the truck, but in the moment of an accident, basic rescue information can be difficult to recall. This is a good time for the First Aid app by American Red Cross. Even if a team member is already trained in CPR and first aid, a quick reference guide that can be accessed by phone is useful for anyone on the job. The app is free of charge and available in English and Spanish.
- Scribe for OSHA– When an incident takes place on your job site, OSHA needs to be notified. Rather than delaying the inevitable, get the reporting process started immediately. Scribe from OSHA is designed to guide users through the reporting process. The app provides information on data to be collected and reported, as well as how to find local offices and submit reports.
- ERG 2016– Chemical spills and exposure to hazardous materials are a serious matter, and the truth is that dangers from exposure to chemicals are often unknown. Now, you can take the mystery out of hazmat accidents with the guide to chemicals and precautions offered in ERG 2016. The app provides an indexed list of dangerous materials, the general hazards posed and recommended safety precautions.
- FallClear Lite– There isn’t an app to replace proper fall protection safety training, tools and kits, but there is an app to help assess required clearance for various fall arrest scenarios. FallClear is a useful app for workers and supervisors who are already trained in fall protection. Users can upgrade to the “Pro” version to add information regarding the weight of the worker. Additionally, the app creates a summary of clearance calculations that can be recorded and shared via email.
- Heavy Equipment Inspection– With the Heavy Equipment Inspection app, you can leave your clipboard or laptop back in the truck; this quick go-to tool is used for conducting equipment inspections from your phone or tablet. The app offers both mechanical and visual checkpoints for inspecting heavy equipment. Once the inspection form is completed, users can save it to the device as a pdf. or excel file.
Just as once stated by Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and this most certainly applies to roofers and their crews. While proper and regular training is vital to the safety of your crews and company, apps and technology can be helpful partners in job site safety as well.
For more information on safety training programs available through Brauner Safety Services visit: http://www.CERTATraining.com.