Scaffolding Inspection In a Snap
While the construction industry doesn’t have many accidents a year, I thought it would be interesting to check out where the accidents actually do occur.
From the onlooker, it’s easy to assume tha the most accidents happen in those major highrises where workers balance on a beam a thousand miles in the air. I get sweaty palms thinking about what the world looks like from up there, so I can’t imagine the mental fortitude it takes to actually work up there.
And yet, I couldn’t be further from the truth. The most accidents occur close to the ground. The culprit? Faulty scaffolding.
That’s not to say that the people that do these inspections aren’t doing their job right. After staring at scaffolding for 8 hours a day, 40 days a week, I’m sure that the inspector is bound to miss something. Whether or not that missing something turns into a fatality is up to the universe, but at the very least there are ways to not only ensure that the inspections are done correctly, but they will also take a significantly less amount of time.
Snappii has been working with companies that do inspections for a long time. Over the years we’ve developed multiple forms that can take the place of virtually any form that already exist. If it doesn’t match up exactly to what you’re looking for, popping the form into our editor for a few quick changes is as easy as dragging and dropping.
But how can a form work to save you time? There’s a bunch of ways.
Pictures and Voice
For starters, the inspector won’t always have to write everything they see out. While this technique has been used for years, mobile apps can expedite the process by making most of the fields of the form into either a drop down menu, a checkbox or a radio. This will ensure that the worker simply has to click these options rather than writing down the full inspection.
Pictures can also help significantly with identifying the culprit of certain issues. While inspectors aren’t rookies and can probably name even the model number of each individual piece of pipe used, the convenience of taking a picture of a problem rather than describing it can be infinitely more useful. And if you do find yourself in the situation where you ave to send a new inspector out to check out a piece of scaffolding, pictures can help make sure that the newbie stays on point.
Lastly, voice can is the coupe de grace that allows workers to simply talk into their phone. Literally impossible with paper and pen, the voice recording will send via an attachment in the email. This can help save a lot of time, and minimizing any keystrokes the user actually has to make before they wrap things up.
Printing on Site
With digital forms, you can also print your work before you even leave the lot. The most common complaints we get about these digital forms is that X company has been using paper for years to do their reports. All of their systems, both back and front end,have procedures in place that require a form, or to give a form to a superintendent while on the field.
However, because Snappii’s mobile apps create a PDF of the file after it has been created, it’s only one step shy of printing it. Equip your workers with a mobile printer in their van, and they can give a signed and dated inspection to whoever it needs to go to before they even leave the lot. How’s that for efficient?