The UK’s leading national commercial roofing company, BriggsAmasco has developed an app which enables instantaneous processing of on-site reports.
The function means issues relating to health and safety or potential impediments to a project’s progress can be recorded and addressed far more rapidly.
The mobile app, which was developed in conjunction with a leading software company, is accessed via tablets which have been distributed to all BriggsAmasco on-site staff.
Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “The app has proved itself an incredibly useful tool. Compared to written reports, which can take two or three days to complete following a site visit, this new process is instantaneous. As long as there’s a WI-FI signal, reports can be digitally signed-off and sent without delay. These can then be circulated internally, or externally to customers.”
Dave said the ability to include photographs as part of the digital reporting package will help speed-up response times to on-site issues and offset potential project delays.
“Featuring pictures as part of a progress report enables potentially problematic situations to be easily referenced off site,” he said. “These can then be addressed quickly and effectively. Additionally, photos can clearly highlight how well a particular detail is progressing, thus providing real clarity for a contractor or client about a project’s current position.”
The on-site reporting app’s evolution will soon enable videos to be uploaded and distributed amongst interested parties. Dave said such innovation will lead to smarter working practices.
“With the addition of video capability, we’re thinking as more companies take on board the app idea; it will be seen as a far more convenient way to carry-out reports. This could lead to a reduction in site visits by other interested parties involved in a project, as all the information they need regarding its progress will be available at the touch of a button. This will help promote a more productive way of working, as well as enhance a project’s sustainable credentials.”
“The app keeps BriggsAmasco ahead of the competition,” Dave continued.
“It’s been particularly well received by contractors we’ve been involved with on projects. For instance, a main contractor on one scheme we were working on called a meeting with the other trades and told them our digital reports were the type of information they wanted to see. ‘Please use this as your template’, they told them. It was a fantastic compliment, and precisely the sort of response we anticipated when we began researching the app’s capability more than two years ago.”
BriggsAmasco was responsible for the installation of waterproofing and finishes to roof areas at a new sports and science facility at Brighton College. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Bituminous Hot Applied Liquid Waterproofing category at the NFRC Roofing Awards for the project. The workmanship was underpinned throughout by a superb collaborative working relationship between BriggsAmasco, OMA, IKO and McLaren Construction Group. We’re looking forward to celebrating at the awards ceremony on 2nd October at the InterContinental London with everyone involved!
Janice Tyler, PIEMA, is the Environment & Supply Manager at BriggsAmasco. When she was asked if she would like to speak about sustainability at the 2020 RCI show she was delighted to accept. Her talk will be on the necessity of culture change within our businesses if we are to tackle climate change and other sustainability issues successfully.
Janice has worked for BriggsAmasco for over 25 years, in the Commercial Department. She took on the sustainability role in 2013 which has grown naturally in diversity and importance. Having worked in other industries prior to construction, including publishing and international FMCG and finance, she has a wide range of knowledge and experiences that contribute towards encouraging a culture of change in a pragmatic way, ensuring that the three pillars sustainability – planet, people, and profit – are embedded.
If you would like to understand more about how change can be encouraged and achieved, then Janice’s talk is on Wednesday 25th March at 11.30. Register now at www.rcishow.co.uk
Our Glasgow branch is a finalist at the NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards.
This is for the category Reinforced Bituminous Membrane completed at Prince & Princes of Wales Hospice, Glasgow. The winners will be announced at the Luncheon on 15 November at the Grand Central Hotel.
Figures show one-in-six construction-based workers suffers from a form of mental illness. Even more alarming is the statistic that reveals suicide kills more people in the building sector than falls from height. It’s also reported that two construction workers reportedly take their own life each day. Such distressing data highlights the urgent need for roofing companies and the industry as a whole to educate employees and ensure they have the best possible support in order to recognise mental stress symptoms in themselves and colleagues. In doing so, they will be taking a vital first step to making a full recovery from the debilitating effects of anxiety and depression.
As a company, BriggsAmasco is facilitating an environment that encourages, where reasonably possible, improved mental health amongst employees. This journey began in 2017 when a workshop was staged as part of the company’s annual Health and Safety forum. It was held on behalf of contract-related staff and subcontractors in order to steer individuals seeking guidance towards the appropriate mental health support.
Feedback from employees who attended the workshop was extremely positive. This was particularly encouraging, as BriggsAmasco aims to create an environment and culture where staff feel comfortable discussing their psychological state, whether it is good or bad. Employers should take into account the fact that not all workers feel comfortable raising such issues with their manager, whereas others will view it as the best avenue to getting help.
Listening to workers and addressing their specific needs is vital. Any staff member that is not comfortable speaking to a BriggsAmasco representative has access to the company’s Employee Assistance Programme that is 100% confidential and deals with anything from mental health issues to financial or legal problems they may be experiencing. New employees are issued with information cards, highlighting external organisations – The Lighthouse Club, Building Mental Health – which provide support to the construction community and their families.
Mental health initiative
BriggsAmasco hosts each new employee at its Birmingham head office for a two-day induction that includes a presentation and discussion on its mental health strategy, devised to ensure each employee has access to at least one mental health first aider on site and within its offices. Two members of BriggsAmasco staff are Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trained and available to deliver the courses throughout the business.
Since March 2019, the company has trained 35 staff as mental health first aiders; a figure that will increase in the following year. The company’s board of directors will also undergo training in mental health awareness to help continue open conversations across the company, as proof of how seriously it takes its staff’s psychological welfare.
Mental illness has long been considered something of a taboo subject within the building industry. By bringing the issue to light through its education and training initiatives, BriggsAmasco is doing all it can to safeguard its employees’ peace of mind.