In early 2020 LinkedField was helping Level 10 Construction projects digitize the sign-in process for safety orientation and create a project directory focused on connecting key field stakeholders. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, LinkedField worked hand in hand with Level 10 Construction to adapt the digital sign-in process to meet the stringent Bay Area regulations. By working together a solution was developed that was easy to use in the field, updated real time, and used the tools that construction workers already had.
About Level 10
Level 10 Construction is a full-service general contractor with offices throughout California, including Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Redwood City and San Diego. Level 10 is focused on providing innovative facilities to the corporate, healthcare, education, hospitality, technology and life science markets. Level 10 offers a full range of services, including preconstruction, design-build and integrated project delivery. In addition, Level 10 provides MEP and commissioning services, BIM services, green and Lean construction practices. Level 10's core mission is to build at the highest level, consistently providing excellent customer service while delivering quality projects on time and on budget. To learn more, visit www.level10gc.com.
LinkedField provides digital sign-in solutions to streamline field workflows for construction workers. LinkedField's COVID-19 Compliance Software provides a 100% Digital Daily Attendance Log + Worker Health Screening for your construction project. LinkedField makes it simple to understand what is coming next, assign detailed tasks to subcontractors, manage sign-ins, conduct safety onboarding and have a single source of contacts for everyone in the field. Currently, LInkedField has over 60 projects using their software with thousands of workers signing in daily.
LinkedField has recently closed their institutional round of fundraising and secured investments from Silicon Valley and strategic investors. The team will be using the proceeds to build out their engineering and product teams to deliver industry-changing features. The longer term plan is to build an educational platform for construction companies to provide real-time, on-the-ground training for project teams. To learn more, visit https://www.linkedfield.com/.
When Bethany Garcia (Project Engineer) went back to work in May, her Vance Brown Builders Construction team was faced with challenges to meet Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 requirements. The Brokaw Phase 2 Project, is the 2nd largest project in San Jose (by square footage), and has over 300 workers on-site daily.
“LinkedField saved my sanity in 2020!”, said Vance Brown’s Project Engineer Bethany Garcia. “With the Santa Clara County COVID-19 guidelines, we had to figure out a way to track everyone coming in and out of the jobsite. Overnight, we were tasked to come up with a way to meet these regulations while not disturbing our construction productivity. LinkedField became an extremely helpful tool in eliminating this headache and was able to keep us focused on our end goal.”
With LinkedField’s QR code based system, Bethany and the Vance Brown team were able to save hours in paperwork each day, and have a digital set of records for the whole team to use.
When construction project teams went back to work in May, they were faced with challenges to meet San Francisco’s COVID-19 requirements. They set up processes to collect roster information from their subcontractors, collated that information into checklists to sign-in workers each day, verbally did health screening of each worker, and provided temperature screening stations.
The check-in line is for workers who do not have a smartphone (or do not want to use their personal phone for work purposes), and need help signing in. GC personnel used the LinkedField app on their iPad to sign in returning and new workers each day all while keeping the sign in data 100% digital. This new check-in format reduced check in personnel from (2) down to (1), saving time and money for the project team. LinkedField eliminated all the paperwork, and provided searchable records for real-time manpower data analysis.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CA SB 1159 and CA AB 685 have been introduced into law and will surely impact the experiences of both general contractors and construction workers.
The need for keeping accurate digital records with LinkedField is further underscored by the requirements of AB 685. A record of everyone who has signed in to the worksite over a given period of time will make it easier to reach out to the individual workers, those who may have been infected, and not just the company supervisors. With LinkedField, you can also provide digital notifications to each person who had been potentially exposed.
Keeping digital records can make complying with SB 1159 and AB 685 far easier, saving you time and energy in the process. Ultimately, complying with regulations can make general contractors, subcontractors and workers feel safer and more secure during this pandemic and after it passes.
Everyone is being affected one way or another by this ongoing pandemic. Construction companies are facing ongoing changes in local, state, and federal regulations. Here at LinkedField, we can help you adhere to the changing orders while keeping your workers and visitors safe. The following seven steps can help you achieve 100% digital COVID-19 compliance.
Even though COVID-19 is impacting the construction industry, things are still moving forward. But while it seems the show is going on, that doesn’t mean construction firms can simply return to the status quo. For the construction industry to continue to recover, and the workforce to stay healthy, preventative measures need to be administered and adopted as seamlessly as possible.
One helpful preventative measure is the implementation of QR codes. However, while QR codes can help make some processes on the job site touch/germ-free, QR codes alone aren’t a comprehensive solution. Here are some of the challenges QR codes may present.
Older Phones Can’t Always Scan QR Codes
Although QR code technology permeates many popular apps, it’s possible to progress through your day-to-day tasks without them. For this reason, many people maintain older phones without QR code-scanning tech.
Some Workers Are Prohibited from Personal Phone Use
Some employers, particularly some unions, don’t allow workers to use their personal smartphones on the job site. The majority of construction workers are not issued company-paid work phones. If employees have a work phone, it is typically the supervisors that have them so that still leaves the majority of the workforce being asked to use their personal phones.
To have a truly contact-free work environment, it’s important to limit close-up, face-to-face interaction as much as possible. Traditionally, a contractor or foreman has to go to the job site and manage, or even micro-manage, the subcontractors doing the work. Not only is this time-consuming and often a waste of human resources, but also in the COVID-19 era it could result in unnecessary risk. In some cases, excess contact may result in the local government shutting down the job altogether.
In addition to limiting contact, a comprehensive solution helps make every aspect of worksite management more efficient and user-friendly. With LinkedField’s all-in-one tool contractors have the power to:
According to the CDC, one way to help workers feel comfortable during this pandemic is to provide consistent daily routines. A comprehensive job site management solution integrates safety features into each worker’s routine, providing them with a sense of security and comfort. Using LinkedField contractors will be able to:
To ensure everything goes smoothly, it’s also important to have a dedicated support team for COVID-19 compliance, as well as 24-hour global engineering support, both available with LinkedField. Also, when the local or national government changes its guidelines, the support team should be able to update their protocol. With this feature, contractors always have the latest safety information and the support they need to make implementation easier.
Even though QR codes can address a few important issues, a productive, safe, and compliant job site needs more. Intelligent workforce management by LinkedField can help free up valuable time while making sure the job site remains a safe place for everyone involved.