Construction companies are increasingly aware of the need for Control of Work software to manage their own staff as well as sub-contractor personnel associated with their project. It is the responsibility of the main contractor to ensure work is safely carried out by staff and sub-contractors and that all personnel are fully aware of health & safety requirements, risk assessment and hazard mitigation controls as well as permit to work requirements. Regulators are increasing pressure on companies to adhere to industry safety and environmental standards that demand companies keep accountability by seeking visibility into their processes, sustainability goals and more. Not only can non-compliance be harmful to the wellbeing of people but also result in costly fines.
"Controlling contractors’ just got smarter by communicating across planning, site visits, work and safety"
Large construction projects need to cover several project phases including construction, commissioning and handover. Engica’s experience and solutions can assist in this by supporting specific safety documents during all phases. The construction phase safety control caters for many contractors coming to site and has a workflow catering for contractor RAMS contributions, site entry permits and activity permit certificates such as heavy lift and radiography. The commissioning phase introduces Equipment Testing for energization and the Handover phase introduces the more traditional Integrated Safe System of Work (ISSOW) safety disciplines of Risk and Operation Assessments and Isolation (LOTO) management. Lead contract consultants can benefit from the application of Q4 solutions not only in their own safety management but also by the handover of the system to client O&M teams with plant information and source information. Each of the phases processes are designed to provide increased safety protocols and improve related service to contractors, work teams and personnel. Mobile devices play a key role in the solution, where contractors can use smart phones to receive and report information associated with control of work, safety and work reporting. Additional features including incident, lessons learned, notifications and management of change are available to enhance communication, safety and efficiency.