How can the industry develop digital solutions to ensure site safety?
HSE professionals from the industry amplify the need to enhance HSE with tech – loud and clear – on World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021.
American entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg said that technology is best when it brings people together. Perhaps, technology is even better when it saves lives and ensures safety, especially within the construction industry. Collectively, the industry is moving the needle on health and safety, and technology is at the fore of its efforts.
For instance, Vijayakumar Vageesan and Jayakarthic Jayakumar, HSE engineers at architecture and engineering consultant SSH note a strengthened reliance on mobile reporting technologies and cloud-based applications to facilitate work permit processes required on site.
Digital solutions have “drastically reduced” the time taken for reporting and decision making. Commenting on the adoption of tech to enhance HSE at SSH, Vageesan and Jayakumar say: “We have implemented optimised, time-efficient HSE observations, supported by real-time trend analyses, that helps tracking and actioning the parameters falling behind. In addition, we are presently conducting virtual reality trainings to increase awareness and demonstrate appropriate control measures for major risk mitigation. We have entirely switched to online meetings, allowing quick sharing of important documents and presentations.”
Digitalising the HSE reporting process is part of the company’s response to HSE concerns. “Real time trend analyses are conducted and safety alerts and lessons have been made accessible to all employees and management. Digital interlock arrangement and sensory devices for moving equipment and automatic temporary fire alarm and suppression systems are built in as part of our systems at SSH,” Vageesan and Jayakumar add.
by Disha Dadlani
28 Apr 2021