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Why tech can now promise builders an era of reduced liabilities and risk

By: Omri Sorek
04 July 2023
5 min

Construction sites are no walk in the park. On-site accidents and potential liability lurk around every corner. And given the amount of hazards, heavy-duty machinery, power tools and people in play, building sites can be a nightmare waiting to happen.

Sadly, we are all too familiar with the scary stats. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 20% of all workplace fatalities in the US are connected to construction. This is not only devastating to families and co-workers, but results in a huge financial bodyblow to construction firms. In 2021 alone work injuries and deaths cost firms operating in the US a whopping $167 billion in insurance claims, personal injury payments, and indirect costs due to delays.

 

The way we document has to change

 

Every general contractor knows the key to minimizing post-event liability is precise documentation of on-site activities, personnel and equipment. The problem is, old-school manual documentation on construction sites simply does not cut it anymore.

First off, it’s a breeding ground for human error. All those forms, papers and handwritten notes floating around? They’re just begging to get lost, misinterpreted or even wrongly filed. This can lead to some seriously panic-filled days after an incident occurs and the authorities and insurance companies are looking for an accurate paper trail to assess responsibility. But there is hope.

 

Digitization is key to reducing liabilities and risk

 Advances in easy-to-deploy technology now makes it far easier and quicker for construction firms to collect and maintain the proper records needed to facilitate post-event claims processes, risk management, and legal protection.

So, buckle up and let’s dive into the ways this new breed of plug-and-play digitization can make construction sites minimize liabilities and reduce risk.

  1. Delivers data and analytics on tap: Digitization brings us the power of real-time data. Companies can gather info on equipment usage, worker activities, and even the on-site environment. It’s not only like having a crystal ball that predicts risks and shows us where we can improve, but also keeps precise records of what is happening on site at any given time.

  1. Gets your safety and compliance game up to speed: Digitization enables general contractors to stay on top of compliance and insurance requirements. Wearables become your employees’ safety buddies. They give workers real-time alerts and a way to instantly report incidents. The result is that when an accident occurs, the response time is minimized. Plus, digitization takes care of all the post-accident documentation, thanks to automated record-keeping. It’s like having your own personal compliance assistant, making sure you’re following the rules and minimizing legal liabilities.

  1. Enables your managers to become kings of communication and collaboration: No more playing phone tag or sending smoke signals. Digitization takes communication and collaboration to a whole new level. Imagine having a centralized platform where everyone can share information, track progress, and solve problems on the spot. The technology is there to make it happen, giving you instant access to on-site information, project status and worker deployment. No more miscommunication or unnecessary delays when accidents occur. Smooth communication not only reduces errors but also cuts down on post-incident disputes and results in fewer legal headaches and liabilities to worry about.

  1. Gives full pre- and post-incident visibility: Having instant access to historical data and current on-site status, means construction companies can effectively deal with situations as they arise. With this oversight, general contractors are better covered when accidents happen and have their backs covered if the police need to become involved, allowing them to kick those potential liabilities to the curb.

  1. Keeps records like a bookkeeping blackbelt: Construction projects are notorious for their mountains of paperwork. Technology can replace manual, paper-based activities by creating a centralized digital hub for your project. This means you can access critical info when it is needed with a snap of your fingers. It’s like having a personal assistant who keeps everything organized and on point. Plus, digitization leaves a reliable audit trail, which comes in handy during legal disputes, insurance claims, or regulatory investigations. No more digging through stacks of paper to find that one crucial document.

     

    It’s not the future — it is now: plug and play, game-changing technology

     

    Trusstor was developed by builders to solve the challenges we face everyday on construction sites. It smoothly fits into on-site life using no-fuss, non-invasive IoT wearables making everything that is happening on a site instantly visible. This means when incidents and accidents occur there are no surprises hiding unseen around the corner. This is because you can seamlessly track people, tools and equipment in real-time, making Trusstor a game-changer when it comes to managing risks and minimizing liabilities.

    The best part? It’s plug and play, so you don’t need any fancy infrastructure, cables, or power supplies. Trusstor can also work with your existing IT systems, using their data. This makes your on-site activities at any moment more transparent and traceable.

    Trusstor gives builders the power to make smarter decisions, handle crises in real-time, and easily present post-incident documentation to meet the most stringent of requirements. Now, in today’s current safety and risk environment on construction sites, and the legal liabilities involved, those benefits are a no-brainer.

     

    Discover how Trusstor can give you the advanced oversight, reporting and analysis needed to dramatically improve site safety and reduce on-site risks. Schedule a demo now — https://trusstor.com/get-started/

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