BVSafe® is described by Black & Veatch as a safety-oriented approach to project management, with managers able within seconds to halt projects or pull workers off the job if the custom-designed BVSafe software shows those workers’ credentials fall short.
The company have said that BVSafe will make the often convoluted regulations of the field simpler. Use of different crane types may require operators to have certain licenses or certifications, for instance, and some workers in elevated spaces may need special clearances. BVSafe is a repository of worker competencies, with each of the 20 000 individuals in that system so far assigned a specific bar code that managers readily can scan to see that worker’s experience, certifications and licenses, getting an alert if there’s any issue.
The software can alert managers of potential risks – including inadequately trained operators for a job – before the work begins, lessening the likelihood of an incident. It also helps workers stay up to date with automatic reminders of certifications about to expire and eliminate the need to scan or enter information into multiple safety systems.
“It makes it preventative instead of responsive or reactive, because we really can figure out what behaviours in the field we need to modify,” said Joshua Wallace, safety manager for Black & Veatch’s telecom unit. With an app already downloaded by 1000 Black & Veatch professionals, “BVSafe is data faster in a platform with the ability to take our entire programme and put it in the palm of your hand.”
“When the crew pulls up and starts to plan their work for the day, we now know immediately if that company or anyone working for it are qualified to be doing it,” said David Simmons, an information technology director at Black & Veatch.
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