Assura’s site-based health and safety management system, where staff can contribute in real time from their mobile phones, has helped commercial construction company Trade Assist stay at the forefront of their regulatory commitments.
Trade Assist partners with leading construction and project management companies providing experienced labour teams on a wide range of commercial projects.
Following the devastation of the Canterbury earthquakes the company has played a key role in the rebuilding and regeneration of Christchurch, with its workforce employed on various anchor projects throughout the city – including the Christchurch Town Hall and the new Justice Precinct.
Integral to this ambitious workload is health and safety, which is at the forefront of management for Trade Assist and its clients. So much so, the company wanted to take an industry-leading role in this regard.
Assura’s Health and Safety platform was adopted in September 2015, replacing what staff considered to be a drawn-out and disjointed paperwork process. They now enjoy an automated, simple interface that provides management with a centralised overview.
“The difference with Assura is that they took the time to understand our requirements and tailored the product to suit,” says Trade Assist’s HR Manager Chris Constanti.
“Assura has provided an automated solution that means incidents, near misses and safety observations are now reported and escalated in real-time. Information is loaded into one place easily and we don’t end up with a blurred picture at the end of the day.”
The site, or field-based system means Trade Assist staff can easily access it from any mobile device, which has led to an increase in the number of events that are being reported and more onsite awareness and learning.
Productivity is also improved as staff no longer have to put down their tools and walk to the other side of a large construction site to lodge a report with management.
“Prior to implenting Assura Health and Safety, each site was operating a different reporting system,” says Chris.
“We can now find out what is happening across all of our sites throughout the wider region, providing a consistent and global overview that we didn’t have before. Snapshots of our overall health and safety performance can be emailed to board directors and is also a powerful reporting tool for clients.
“The most important thing for us in terms of health and safety is ensuring that all of our people remain safe and ultimately go home to their families at the end of the day.
“Assura has been fundamental in driving the health and safety culture of the company.”
For Trade Assist staff it means complexity is removed and they are free to get on with the job at hand – helping build a renewed Christchurch.
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