Using mobile phone apps to communicate near miss hazards

The safety and protection of your workforce is of paramount importance.

To ensure that your workforce feels supported and well looked after, it is vital that efficient safety protocols are implemented and communicated to all operatives.

Due to high risks that accompany construction work, it is important that hazards are identified, communicated to all on site and that appropriate measures are put into place to mitigate these risks.

Near miss reporting is commonly adopted on most sites through a post box system.

Some sites have used mobile phone technology as an effective communication system:

  • A mobile phone app was used to communicate near miss hazards, directly to management;
  • This app allowed workers to photograph any near miss or close call incident, make notes and immediately send it. This type of report was then reviewed by the safety action group. This is particularly useful on large sites, as although a post box system may be adopted, these are located at office locations, so they are not always easily accessible to the workers working far from the office, when they are out on shift all day;
  • This app has particular advantages to lone working/maintenance teams who are remote from a temporary office base.

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Second visit Monitor Report, Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture, Oxfordshire, December 2014

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