Can an Incident Reporting Software Save Lives?

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which promised workers in this country the right to a safe job, was passed in 1970, over 600,000 workers lives have been saved. Yes, workplace health and safety conditions have improved greatly over the past few decades but too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death on the work site due to non-adherence to the standards.

If used and implemented properly, incident reporting systems, like the one offered by 1st Incident Reporting, can and do save lives.

In today’s article we will take a closer look at the benefits implementing an incident reporting system. For more details on 1st Incident Reporting app, make sure to request your free trial today!

It is worth mentioning that simply having an incident reporting system in place is not enough.

  1. It is not a magic spell that you cast over the work site and everyone is protected. If the site management is not committed to upholding the standards and procedures, your workers are still in danger as much as ever.
  2. If your workers are embarrassed, afraid or are bullied into keeping quiet about incidents and near-misses, the system will not be as effective in providing you the real data for future prevention.
  3. Many employees daydream through the Health and Safety meetings not really paying attention during the workshops and later on, on the job site. It is imperative that your workers understand the value of conscious prevention and timely incident reports.
  4. If you want things done right, start right from the beginning. Before the job site is even activated, plan it with the Occupational Safety and Health Act rules in mind. That way you can prevent certain accidents before anyone even sets foot on the site. Again, having prior history of incidents at similar job sites will make your job easier and take out the guesswork.
  5. Train your staff on how to recognize near-misses and accidents as well as the importance of reporting them via incident reporting system. Many workers will avoid reporting accidents so not to appear weak/incapable or due to pressure of bonuses being tied in to the accident occurrence on site. The incident report can be filled out on any mobile device privately and it is only seen by the necessary parties involved, protecting the anonymity of worker from their work mates, needed be.
  6. Make sure that the management is constantly monitoring and analyzing the job site to catch anything that could prove to be a potential incident.

But most importantly, make sure that everyone is trained on how to use the incident reporting system in place. Apps like the one made available by 1st Incident Reporting are very intuitive and simple to use with very little training required.

To use this app you do not need pens or paper, you do not even need a wifi signal. The report uploads automatically the minute your device, which could be your phone, tablet or laptop, connects to wifi or mobile network. So even on the remote sites, you can still have full access to the app without worrying about the weather or lack of writing supplies.

Unlike paper reports, everything is standardized and any photo, video or audio file that you need to attach to the report will be processed simultaneously. No more lengthy uploads, zip files and messy emails that just won’t send. Illegible hand writing? Delayed submission timing? Lost documents? No longer a problem!

Have a comprehensive report available instantly to the people that matter. Have immediate assistance dispatched and the necessary parties notified. Gather history of the events to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, track reoccurring accidents and compile reports, all of that at your fingertips at a moment’s notice.

Request your FREE trial today and find out how 1st Incident Reporting can save lives on YOUR job site!