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Benefits of Technology for Construction Staffing Agencies
Posted on 08/07 by Emma Cercone
But what exactly do these technologies look like? What can you as a construction industry professional expect to see on today’s job sites, and how will it make your life easier? Let’s take a closer look at the ways technology is providing benefits for construction staffing agencies.
It’s an exciting – and challenging – time to be in construction. Business is booming, especially as demand picks back up as the economy continues to rebound from the pandemic. But supply chain issues are making things difficult on job sites across the country, as it’s harder than ever to get the supplies and materials needed to complete projects on time and on budget. The construction industry looks a lot different today than it did several decades ago. And whether delays on the job site are affecting you or not, it’s safe to say that today’s modern technology makes things a lot faster than before. Construction staffing agencies are working diligently to adopt as many of these technologies as they can, ultimately making it easier on their employees – and their clients.
Mobile Devices/ Apps Streamline Construction Communication
Today, almost every contractor uses a smartphone for business. The mobile device is probably the most widely adopted modern technology in use on construction sites today. From a mobile device, a worker can download user-friendly apps that allow them to access, document, share, and edit important project information right from the job site. Automated alerts and notifications can be set up to alert the entire workforce of important information in real time. Blueprints can be examined on-site without the need for cumbersome paper documents. Supervisors can record employee hours and track employee time data to improve accuracy and reduce costs. The list of benefits goes on and on. Did you know that there are heavy-duty mobile phones made specifically for the rigors of field work? These smartphones boast rugged construction, screens made for viewing in bright daylight or under poor weather conditions, and additions like barcode scanners that are extremely helpful on a busy job site. Construction staffing agencies are working hard to provide this kind of mobile technology to every field employee out there. In this way, staffing firms are playing a direct role in making construction projects easier and more productive for both their staff and clients.
Drones/Robots Support Construction Sites
Drones (also known as unmanned ariel vehicles or UAVs) aren’t just for the military. They’ve been used for several years in the construction field to great effect. Most often, they’re equipped with cameras that capture imagery and information that would otherwise be hard or impossible for humans to collect. Drones capture imagery to support site management and inspections. This technology can also monitor logistics and deliveries. Drone footage can even be converted into three-dimensional pictures to be used in architectural plans. And speaking of 3D, 3D printing is becoming more and more common in construction, too. Additionally, robotics can be used for various tasks like excavating, demolishing, and building. Drones and robots are helping the civil and commercial construction staffing industry stay efficient. Augmenting the human workforce in this manner ensures that workers aren’t overburdened or put in potentially dangerous situations that could more easily be accomplished through technology.
A variety of wearable technology items can benefit construction workers and improve productivity and safety on job sites. That’s why construction staffing agencies are working hard to provide their employees with this kind of tech. From smart glasses and hardhats that can provide augmented visualization and mixed reality to technology-enhanced safety vests, smartwatches, and health trackers to monitor workers’ safety, today’s wearable technology has become a vital part of construction projects. Civil, commercial, and industrial staffing agencies use this tech to improve the safety and effectiveness of their workers – agencies value the health of their employees above all else. When you partner with an agency, expect to see some of this technology on the job site, because it’s an essential part of today's projects.
Safety & Training: Augmented & Virtual Reality (VR)
Another way that construction staffing agencies are advocating for the health and safety of their employees is by using augmented and virtual reality (VR) technology. These options have the potential to revolutionize training in the construction industry – it allows workers to understand the hazards of a situation without being in it physically. VR simulators can train workers on everything from tool operation to welding work, the use of heavy equipment, and much, much more. This kind of technology can also “expose” workers to working in environments like confined spaces or significant heights.
Site sensor technology can be deployed across a construction site to monitor things like noise level, temperature, dust or runoff levels, and much more. This technology can alert workers when they’re at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals or dangerous levels of a substance. Data can be collected from these sensors as well, which can ultimately be used for analyzation to help keep workers safe. With application possibilities in civil, mechanical, and commercial construction staffing and beyond, it’s yet another way that construction staffing firms can help employees to stay safe on the job.
Final Thoughts: Stay Connected to Technology to Increase Productivity
Some of the technology described above might sound like it’s closer to a science fiction novel than reality. But the truth is that much of this technology is already found on today’s job sites – technology has become a necessity in almost all areas of life, and the construction industry is no exception. The good news is that such technology is vital for not only efficiency and productivity, but the health and safety of workers in the field. Without the implementation of this technology, today’s construction companies and construction staffing firms are at risk for a loss of time and productivity. Plus, it puts workers at greater risk. That’s why it’s so important for construction firms to stay abreast and compliant with today’s technological advances.
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