Last month the Occupational Safety and Health Admin., took quite a bit of legal action against construction companies that have alleged safety violations.

While this can be one area that is difficult to manage effectively, some construction companies are finding technology can help not only document safety incidents, but also prevent future incidents from occurring. The use of this type of technology could mitigate risk for contractors and improve safety for the long term.

PureSafety, www.puresafety.com, Franklin, Tenn., recently expanded its suite of software by adding new safety-management technology that integrates incident management features with training, injury prevention, and case-management capabilities. The software is designed for more than 20 industries including construction.

According to the company, the newsfeed-style dashboard will allow employees to anonymously report unsafe conditions and near-miss incidents. This will give management deeper insight into recurring incidents and fulfill OSHA obligations.

Documentation becomes crucial when managing safety out at the jobsite. It helps the team all come together and understand the requirements for safety out in the field.

Specifically for construction, Vela Systems, www.velasystems.com, Burlington, Mass., offers a solution that enables programs for quality, safety, commissioning, and field BIM (building information modeling) to be used on devices such as the iPad from Apple.

The company launched its Vela Field Management Suite a year ago, and since that time has added a number of features including company-level checklist and issue-template capabilities to enforce quality and safety, as well as better Web-based reporting for managing quality, safety, and risk at the project and company level.

Taking safety-management technology to the field is the next step toward creating a more safe work environment and jobsite. With devices such as the iPad and other tablets and smartphones, construction companies have the capabilities these days to take all the information to the field, and easily sync it back to the main office.

Last week, LATISTA, www.latista.com, Reston, Va., announced a new app for the iPad. With the app users will be able to access and mark up documents in the field and work with punchlists, QA/QC and safety, reporting, and production modules.

Contractors have the option of accessing and inputting information on both iPad and Windows devices, and support them through the same backoffice Web solution.

This type of app will help facilitate decision making around risk, productivity, and cost management.

Construction companies are finding this technology can help reduce the number of incidents on a jobsite. Even more than that, the technology provides a record, of sorts, so everyone on the team is on the same page with regards to safety.

Going forward, this technology is becoming more prevalent on construction jobsites. It might be time to start looking for a solution to help improve jobsite safety and comply with ever-evolving regulations.