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Catastrophe avoided: navigating the daily hazards that cause disruption on constructions sites

By: Omri Sorek
18 October 2023
7 min

Construction sites are dynamic landscapes where impressive buildings of all shapes and sizes sprout out of the ground, thanks to the hard work of construction crews. But these bustling anthills of activity constantly have a touch of danger and chaos mixed in due to the amount of heavy equipment, construction work and workers buzzing about.

Even with all the safety rules in the world, accidents can still happen, and project timelines can slip under the guidance of the most vigilant management team when equipment, supplies and manpower are not where they need to be, when they need to be. 

So let’s take a closer look at some of the usual suspects when it comes to derailing progress on construction sites and how Trusstor can help avoid our worst on-site nightmares becoming a reality.

 

Hazard #1: Falling from great heights

One thing you’ll find on most construction sites is workers perched way up high on scaffolding, ladders, or rooftops. Sometimes, gravity decides to remind us who’s boss, and people take spills. 

The best time to tackle on-site accidents is before they happen. That’s why we need to make sure all those scaffolds, ladders, and platforms are set up correctly and checked out regularly. All workers should obviously be decked out with safety gear like harnesses and safety nets and we also need to teach them how to work up high without becoming a bird (hint: no flapping required).

But accidents will happen, and that’s when you’ll be glad you had Trusstor. Each worker is equipped with an emergency distress button. When activated, it immediately sends a distress signal to all on-site managers. Thanks to Trusstor’s IoT (Internet of Things) wearables, the location of an injured worker is immediately available. Additionally, the distress button when pressed also triggers a special alert to the closest worker and manager, ensuring swift assistance in case of any emergencies. 

Trusstor’s IoT tags also rush to the rescue if a worker falls from a predefined height (usually more than 2m). It automatically sends an alert to every manager, including the on-site safety manager, while prompting the closest manager to act immediately. The result is when the unexpected happens the time it takes to react will be greatly minimized, to ensure the proper medical attention can be delivered as soon as possible. 

 

Hazard #2: There’s no smoke without fire

Fires and even explosions at construction sites are big-time dangers. With power tools in use, welding going on, generators powering away and portable heaters warming things up, sparks can fly. Fire extinguishers can help keep the flames at bay, but safely navigating workers away from danger is critical. 

Trusstor’s monitoring system allows the on-site management team to swiftly pinpoint the whereabouts of all workers and relocate them from a potentially hazardous area in case safety issues arise. For instance, if an electrical problem sparks a fire that could put workers at risk, the real-time on-site view enables the manager to clear an entire floor of workers if necessary as a precautionary measure.

 

Hazard #3: Equipment going walkabout 

Keeping tabs on where equipment’s at on a construction site is super important as time can be easily wasted searching for stuff that’s gone MIA or even stolen. Even worse, what happens if an accident happens and first aid kits and stretchers are not where they are supposed to be? Or work is set to commence on the third floor but a generator cannot be located?

Trusstor changes all of this by constantly monitoring the whereabouts of equipment on construction using its IoT tags and beacons deployed throughout the site. Firstly, it ensures efficient resource allocation, preventing downtime caused by equipment being misplaced or lost. Secondly, it enhances security by deterring theft and unauthorized use. Thirdly, it promotes safety by ensuring all related equipment, first aid kits, stretchers, etc, is always at hand. Ultimately, equipment tracking contributes to the overall productivity, cost-effectiveness, and safety of construction projects.

 

Hazard #4: When supplies don’t show up 

Supplies are the lifeblood of construction projects. So when stuff like concrete doesn’t make it to the construction site on time, it’s like throwing a wrench into the whole project machine. Workers end up twiddling their thumbs, which means more money spent on labor, maybe even overtime. And guess what? The project’s timeline goes out the window, deadlines get squashed, and there might be some hefty fines for not keeping up with the contract. To make matters worse, project managers have to play musical chairs with trades and resources, creating a chain reaction of delays. In simple terms, getting supplies on time is like the glue that holds construction projects together, keeping them running smoothly and avoiding costly mess-ups.

With Trusstor, you get a front-row seat to the real-time progress of your projects. It breaks down the progress for each milestone in construction, so managers can easily track which tasks are getting done on schedule. This not only helps make better decisions but also guides how to allocate resources smartly for each stage of every project. 

 

Hazard #5: When subcontractors go AWOL

When subcontractors ghost the construction site on their scheduled day, it’s like tossing a pebble into a pond, and those ripples can mess things up big time. First off, the project’s schedule goes haywire, which means delays. And you know what that means? More cash spent on labor, maybe even some penalties for not keeping up with the deadlines. Plus, you’ve got workers sitting around doing nothing, and that’s just wasted resources and efficiency down the drain. Project managers have to juggle schedules like they’re running a circus, which can lead to a whole mess with other subcontractors and trades. 

To keep construction sites running like a well-oiled machine, Trusstor keeps a close watch on all the projects, making sure they’re on track. It even runs an automatic performance check on subcontractors to make sure they’re giving the real scoop on their progress.

With Trusstor it’s like having a real-time map of who’s doing what, when, and where. You can even compare the plan with who’s actually on the job at any given moment. Simply put, It’s like having a crystal ball to see what’s going down on construction sites.

 

Identifying problems before they spin out of control

Trusstor makes it super easy to stay in the know about what’s happening on construction sites. You can check the real-time status and see how things are progressing, from where workers are to the resources being used, whether you’re at your computer or on your mobile – it’s all at your fingertips. Trusstor gives you instant digital insights, so you’ll spot any urgent issues in a flash, helping you cut down response time, save money, boost efficiency, and keep safety on point.

And here’s the best part: Trusstor was made by builders, for builders. It’s designed to seamlessly blend into the daily hustle and bustle of construction sites. This means you’ll always have a clear view of what’s happening and can track progress right as it unfolds. It’s like having a construction wizard right in your pocket!

Discover how you can get the Trusstor edge by scheduling a demo now. 

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