06 Jul

Among the many concerns that construction project managers must consider when making decisions is how a particular issue can affect the bottom line. According to data from the Philadelphia Risk Management, commercial construction is a high-risk industry with low profit margins and claims the average profit margin was between 4% and 6% before taxes. One way to increase the chances of getting a better profit margin is to improve job site security and efficiency.
How do construction cameras create safer and more productive work sites?
It's no secret that cameras can influence behavior. This is one reason why some stores put fake video cameras around their property to deter crime. Most people act differently when they know they are being watched. Of course, fake cameras also won't work on a construction site when you're trying to positively influence safe behavior in the long run. Therefore, you need a construction camera solution that actively captures job site behavior so that you can develop safer practices. As camera technology improves and costs drop, it makes more sense than ever to harness the power of construction cameras to improve job site safety and in the process, improve construction efficiency.

Here are seven ways how construction cameras can improve safety and efficiency on the job site:

1.  Cameras can instill a sense of accountability. By capturing workplace activity in real time, a construction camera can be used to enhance ownership of actions. The video can not only be used as a training tool to display incidents and impending failures, but also forces employees to think about how their actions are presented by management. Some cameras on the job site will have a great impact on the behavior of the construction site and its contractors.

2.     Construction monitoring can help reduce waste. Contractors understand how different construction project issues affect the bottom line. Problems such as labor shortages, supply chain delays, outdated construction plans, equipment misuse, worksite accidents and change orders can negatively impact profitability. Construction cameras can be used to identify wasteful practices and even manage inventory to ensure equipment and materials are used effectively and efficiently

3. Construction site cameras can boost productivity. Cameras can do something a project manager can't. They can be everywhere at once. From one central location, or a mobile device, a construction manager can view real-time video of each area of the construction site. When decision makers can watch a video of the construction processes, they can better decide where to allocate workers, and where those resources are wasted.
4.     The build video can ensure best practices. As a collaborative process, construction projects have many different responsibilities and managers. Video can be used to ensure that all parties, including subcontractors, are operating to the standards set by the project manager. If a building project is monitored using high-quality cameras and software solutions, every step of the construction can be fully documented by video and photos. Obtaining evidence can ensure that every part of the project has been executed correctly can help in a variety of situations where evidence is required.

5.     Real-time construction site data leads to better decisions and resource allocation.

6.     Knowing the conditions in the job site leads not only to increased safety for all employees, but also to better management of employee schedules. An often overlooked aspect of job site management is how conditions can affect efficiency and waste. Understanding your site's environment, even before your team arrives and after they leave for the day, can be a huge benefit to any construction project manager.

7. With this real-time data, you can better allocate skilled workers' time from manually entering data to what they do best in terms of construction.