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Using Innovation to Deliver Safer Construction

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Specialist multi utility and civil engineering contractor, blu-3 (UK) Limited, has invested in a new quick response (QR) code-based identification system to further improve site safety.

Working alongside Olive Media, a leading production organisation, the company has rolled out an innovative solution for checking individual staff competencies on its project sites in real time.

A QR code is applied to each site worker’s hard-hat, which can then be scanned via a bespoke blu-3 downloadable app by relevant personnel who require confirmation of the worker’s identity, training and suitability to carry out duties. 

The worker’s unique QR code links to a company-wide database of blu-3 employees and subcontractors, which provides a photograph of the worker, to ensure the correct person is on site, alongside their up to date training and compliance record.

Sarah Persad of blu-3 and lead developer of the new technology comments: “This really is a breakthrough solution for ensuring staff are appropriately trained and certified for the roles they carry out on a site.

“Previously, if an employee was observed carrying out hot works one day, and then driving a forward tipping dumper the following, the observer (potentially a client or site manager) could only assume that he or she had the appropriate training for both roles. They can now simply scan the worker’s hat and check that the appropriate training and accreditations are in place, resulting in real time, quick and easy competence checks.

“The beauty of the system is that the complete training record of a worker is held alongside their medical and emergency contact details, which is in full compliance with current data protection requirements. This system enables us to ensure that our ‘boots on the ground’ are competent to do the task and we know exactly who is on site, which is particularly critical in today’s security conscious environment.”

Lee Lawrence, Preconstruction Director at blu-3 added: “The training identification system stores records of an employee’s training history from CSCS and First Aider to Asbestos Awareness, Confined Space Training and PPE Awareness.

“We are continuing to develop the system adding more capability to support managers and supervisors on site and will be rolling the app out across its sites in the UK and Europe. We’re excited by the potential of the technology and know that it increases a contractor’s ability to manage its workers and maximise its health and safety awareness – a key must for all responsible companies.”

Marcus Hammond, Project Lead, Olive Media said of the collaboration “Our strategy, as a business, is to listen to industry leaders and, guided by their expertise, to create ground breaking, practical-use products. This latest innovation from blu-3 reflects the cutting-edge vision we’ve come to expect of them.”

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