Concrete Products

FEB 2018

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24 • February 2018 NEWS SCOPE TECHNOLOGY A new Dodge Data & Analytics study reveals the engagement with and impact of two crit- ical trends for improving construction safety: Technologies used on jobsites, from building information modeling (BIM) to drones to wear- able devices; and, Prevention through Design (PtD), an emerging practice positioned for wider acceptance in the design and construc- tion industry. "Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017" findings show that investment in safety has a positive impact on project bud- gets, schedules, quality, plus business factors such as a contractor's standing in the industry or ability to contract new work. Impacts can be substantial, authors note: Contractors report- ing positive impacts on average see a nearly 5 percent and 4 percent reductions in project duration and costs, respectively. "Consistently, contractors have reported that they receive project and business ben- efits from safety, even across dramatically different construction markets, such as the ones in 2012 and 2017," says Dodge Senior Director, Industry Insights Research Steve Jones. "Safety investments clearly pay off in measurable ways and in ways that are harder to quantify, but still have a major impact on a contractor's business." The study followed up on findings from 2012 and 2015 research on leading indicators of a positive safety culture and climate on job- sites. For instance, safety & health training for supervisors and workers, one of the eight indi- cators, is up from 2015, while recognizing the importance of good communication, another of the indicators, is down. "This survey helps us track what is happening in the industry rela- tive to each leading indicator. These findings are extremely useful in identifying needs and opportunities for improvement," says Center for Construction Research and Training Execu- tive Director Chris Cain. The study examined the degree to which contractors are deploying technologies that can help improve jobsite safety, a concept that was also examined in 2012. Different technol- ogies were explored, including BIM and mobile tools plus emerging technologies like drones and wearable devices. The findings reveal the ways in which technology is already helping to improve safety and how it is likely to do so in the future. Over two-thirds of contractors who use BIM (69 percent) state that it has a positive impact on project safety, a 27-point increase over those who reported that in 2012. Over half of those reporting that positive impact attribute it to using BIM to identify potential site haz- ards before construction begins; conduct clash detection; support prefabrication; and, create 3D images. Smartphone use is nearly ubiquitous onsite, and tablet use widespread and growing. This allows for mobile tools like cameras to be used by 85 percent of all contractors onsite. Site condition and work progress documen- tation is fundamental to many safety efforts. INSPECTION APPS Nearly half of contractors (42 percent) responding to the "Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017" survey employ safety inspection checklist apps, but cite lim- ited use of mobile tools for safety training (35 percent) and visits to safety and health websites (28 percent). Almost one-quarter of contractors (21 percent) use drones to promote safety onsite for functions such as reality cap- ture that allow for digital analysis of existing conditions, and almost three-quarters of them Researchers quantify returns on safety technology investments SAFETY CULTURE INDICATORS Most impactful measures by large and small contractors Empowering and involving employees 74% 48% Demonstrating management commitment 66% 38% Aligning and integrating safety as a value 57% 38% Improving supervisory leadership 52% 34% Encouraging owner/client involvement in safety 33% 16% 100 or more employees Fewer than 20 employes SOURCE: Dodge Data & Analytics

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