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According to Josh Wallace, Business Line Safety Manager for Telecom throughout the U.S., “Safety is one of our core values. We understand that if we can’t execute safely, then there’s no reason to execute at all. Safety is ingrained into what we do. Otherwise, why do it?”
Wallace led the BVSafe® team, creating the Next-Generation Site-Safety Management platform. BVSafe is a software suite that quickly checks craftspeoples’ credentials before they start work. Using near-real-time data, BVSafe fast-tracks validation, reduces administrative costs, and slashes the risk of incidents. The goal is to end each day with no safety mishaps.
Black & Veatch recognized that in today’s world, the telecommunications industry is relying on a mobile workforce that is always in motion. “It was hard for us to maintain and understand who was qualified to do work on sites. Previously, workers would be required to carry a booklet of certifications. That’s not conducive to the digital world we live in,” said Wallace.
Wallace’s team created BVSafe to store information on all contractors and internal professionals digitally. Once entered into the system, a QR code that belongs to the program (which can be scanned by just using a smartphone camera) is provided to workers, enabling them to update new certifications online and eliminating the paper trail on site.
“Not only is BVSafe useful for safety and project managers, but the system also reminds the user if a certification is about to expire. It helps everyone stay on track, in real-time,” added Wallace.
BVSafe also sends alerts if personnel at a job site are not qualified to work. The system alerts the safety or project manager at sign in whether everyone on site has met all safety certifications.
The components of BVSafe include:
- Rapid Mobile Check-In
- Verified Credentials
- Time-Stamped Records
- Paperless Documentation
- Connected Technology
- Comprehensive Safety and Risk Reduction
Additionally, the system can administer behavioral-based safety operations and provide instantaneous feedback. Anyone at any level in the organization has access to hazard assessments – from the project manager to the CEO – and can verify and provide feedback to the worker.
BVSafe started with telecom business, but now it’s used across many different verticals, even by contractors. The system enables report print outs, uploading of rosters, and more. And it’s offered free of charge.
“If someone wants this system, Black & Veatch will grant access because safety matters. Operators get reminders 30 days before anything expires; safety certifications, drivers licenses, etc. Users can also upload a digital image of any certification to prove eligibility,” added Wallace.
“Using the BVSafe systems is a no-brainer in achieving what matters most: safety. We look forward to more and more telecommunications companies and those outside of the industry starting their day with this digital safety tool and ending the day incident-free,” said Wallace.
Since 1915, Black & Veatch has delivered reliable, innovative infrastructure solutions with a commitment to customers. For more information or to contact a representative, visit https://www.bv.com/.
August 8, 2019