3 Ways to Simplify Subcontractor Management

3 Ways to Simplify Subcontractor Management

Subcontractor management is one of the biggest struggles for general contractors. General contractors realize the easier they make it for subcontractors to provide the data they need to deliver construction projects on time and within budget, the easier it is for everyone. General contractors are thinking differently and innovating with new ways to help subcontractors provide critical safety operations data required to satisfy their business needs and please their clients. Here are three ways an integrated safety platform simplifies managing your subcontractors:

Streamline COVID-19 Data Collection To Save Time – With the new compliance mandates for COVID-19 vaccines or negative COVID-19 results weekly, subcontractor management has become much more difficult for general contractors without an integrated safety platform. General contractors need to have an easy way to satisfy the government mandates along with their own clients’ requirements. But the good news is that no matter how many projects a subcontractor works on for a general contractor, they only create their business profile once when they use an integrated safety platform. The same is true for the subcontractor’s workers when they create their own profiles. Using a safety platform, workers securely upload their vaccine cards or negative COVID-19 results and get right to work. The general contractor easily shares real-time data with the vaccination rates for Dose 1, 2, Booster, and COVID-19 test results. The general contractor can see the vaccination rates per and the results for each individual worker. The less time subcontractors and their teams spend on administrative tasks, general contractors and owners see more progress on the jobsite faster. 

Effectively Orient Workers – Jobsite orientations are critical to jobsite safety and one of the most challenging aspects of subcontractor management. Often, safety managers are on a PA going over an orientation. This is problematic because adults have different learning styles and attention spans. Presenting critical safety orientations in a large forum is difficult for workers to understand, retain, and apply the orientation protocols. With a centralized safety platform, workers complete their orientations by scanning a QR code with a link to a video for their orientation. They see and hear the entire video and complete a test at the end. General contractors confidently know who watched the orientation video, who retained the training, and applied it during the testing to prevent accidents, falls, or injuries. And because a safety platform centralizes all the orientation data, workers only complete an orientation once. A general contractor can answer how many employees were oriented across all projects for an executive or an owner and quickly drill into the details to know which subcontractors are leading or lagging for orientations. An integrated safety platform centers on the individual worker and each worker is associated with a subcontractor. This makes it easy to access and share the orientation statistics with internal and external stakeholders.

Empower and their Teams to Proactively Manage Themselves – An all-in-one construction safety platform provides global visibility for all project stakeholders. That is especially important to subcontractors. With access to the safety and operations data for all their workers across all the general contractor’s projects, subcontractors quickly see which of their workers hasn’t completed the orientations or uploaded certifications. The situation is remedied right away, issues are resolved faster, the jobsite is safer, more efficient, and productive. If a subcontractor’s insurance certificate is out-of-date, they don’t have to wait to take care of it; they simply upload their new certificate of insurance before the general contractor is aware of it. Additionally, when a subcontractor’s worker is injured, the subcontractor can see the pre-task planning meetings attended, toolbox talks, permits issued, and equipment checklists to determine how to prevent the incident in the future. When you give subcontractors access to the safety operations data they need, subcontractor management becomes a breeze for general contractors.

When you collect safety and field operations data in a safety platform, the individual worker is at the center of everything. The individual worker’s safety and operations data rolls up into their company no matter which project they are assigned to. General contractors and subcontractors alike have global visibility down to the individual worker in real time. Subcontractor management is easy and general contractors can slice and dice the data any way they want. It can be as high level and show all the safety operations data for an entire portfolio of projects or as granular as the certifications held by an individual worker when you use an integrated safety platform and PowerBI. Subcontractor management has never been easier for general contractors and allows them to provide their clients the access and visibility into what’s happening on the jobsite all the way down to the individual worker level. General contractors can quickly answer owner’s questions about how many workers are signed in right now, how many are oriented, how many incidents or near misses, and how many Toolbox Talks or meetings have been completed right now.

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