The Kier Highways team on the National Highways Area 13 contract is conducting risk assessments up to 85% faster after testing an app from FYLD that conducts digital risk assessments.
The FYLD app uses video analytics and AI to help operatives and managers identify and record hazards and control measures they see in their work environment.
Using the app, field workers take 30-second videos of their site, talking through hazards that are present or noticeably absent. The software’s AI-engine then reviews the video and audio data and generates a visual risk assessment (VRA) with a bullet point list of potential risks and proposed control measures.
Field workers can assess and amend the VRA before sharing it with a remote manager for their review and input.
The system is set up to replicate social media. All operatives involved in a job can be added to it to chat, video call and collaborate on challenges.
Typically, each traditional risk assessment would take Kier field crews an average of 20 minutes to complete: so far, 1,300 VRAs have been completed in the trial with each one saving an average of 17 minutes of field workers’ time.
James Bird, senior SHE manager at Kier Highways, said: “Recent feedback from frontline crews informed us that they sought simpler, faster processes to undertake risk assessments – a task which can occur several times a day for those operating in the field.
“Our field managers, who typically manage multiple job sites spread across an area, wanted better connection and enhanced visibility with their teams on the ground.
“FYLD is the only purpose-built digital tool for the field work sector and offers an easy-to-use interface, simple data collection and communication features. It also has a powerful AI engine that uses predictive technology to improve safety and productivity.”
Josh Wood, FYLD client delivery lead, said: “It has been amazing to see how quickly the team at Area 13 has adapted to using FYLD to drive safety and productivity, with really strong leadership being shown in championing the change. Immediate time savings for field workers and managers have been realised, which have helped to deliver the change as the team have felt the benefits quickly.
“By allowing remote site visibility, FYLD is driving remote, proactive interventions from managers and supervisors, which is both improving safety and productivity outcomes, and acting as a key communication tool between the office and the field.”
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