The digitalization of construction sites has progressed significantly in recent years, and tasks on the construction site are increasingly being handled with fewer forms and notebook entries. Despite the digital leap in the industry, the onboarding practices on construction sites have remained traditional until today.
Site managers spend a lot of time on the mandatory onboarding of new employees, which is an important part of ensuring safety on construction sites.
Zeroni, with extensive experience in construction site operations, set out to develop a better solution together with Claned. The goal was to create a modern process where most of the onboarding takes place through digital channels and information on training completion is archived for authorities. Ultimately, the employee gains access to the construction site after completing the safety training.
Traditional onboarding on construction sites presents challenges:
– How can the quality of training completed by workers be ensured if something happens?
– How can training materials and performance data be reliably archived for potential regulatory inspections?
– How can onboarding maintain the same level of quality for foreign workers whose Finnish or English language skills are not sufficient?
– Who has the time to onboard all arriving workers to the job site effectively, and how cost-effective is onboarding workers arriving at different times?
– How can it be ensured that the taught information is truly internalized, and the onboarding time has not been spent reading the newspaper?
How does online training streamline everyday operations on a construction site?
The new safety training process was designed to free up the site managers’ time from managing workers’ information and allow them to focus on managing the work itself. With the new process, site managers no longer need to worry about recording workers’ basic information at the site office, and workers can independently complete safety training on their own mobile devices before arriving at the site.
Before starting work, the on-site tasks for the site management are limited to organizing site tours and verifying the worker’s identity. Everything else is handled digitally in advance.
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Effortless management of training
Creating training materials has been made as easy as possible for site managers. We gather the client’s training materials into modules and review them from a pedagogical perspective, providing suggestions for improvement. The finished training package can be copied for the safety training of a new site, eliminating the need to start from scratch for each site. In many cases, updating the site plan and site-specific information is sufficient, allowing site-specific training material to be available in just a few minutes if needed.
“When I looked at the data from one site, it revealed that on a Sunday, 300 workers were studying simultaneously. It’s interesting to think that those 300 workers could have been in the same site office on Monday morning, going through the necessary information with the site manager.” – Teemu Vaalasmaa
Online training provides valuable data for management. By analyzing Claned’s comprehensive performance data and test results, conclusions can be drawn about whether the current material is interesting and comprehensive enough from the user’s perspective to meet the needs of a specific site. For example, if a certain type of safety observation occurs more frequently on a site, efforts can be made to reduce them by focusing the training content on those observations.
In addition to targeted content, learning outcomes can be improved by offering more interactive content to trainees, such as videos. Elements that activate users in training materials have been proven to enhance learning outcomes, ultimately resulting in reduced safety observations and workplace accidents.
At the same time, significant cost savings can be achieved in most cases. Many sites have significantly reduced the costs of training because site managers no longer need to personally attend every training session. In some cases, the cost of a single training session has decreased by up to 80%.
Additionally, multiple trainees can be trained simultaneously, and challenges faced by specific workers can be identified.