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Tech Tool Invites Texts of Job Hazards

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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A new system is designed to ease, and offer anonymity for, employee reporting of workplace hazards and near-miss incidents.

WorkplaceAware consists of a free mobile app and a mini cellular desktop printer, called a MessageQube, that can receive text and photo messages from any cell phone.

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WorkplaceAware instantly alerts safety managers to near-miss and safety hazard reports as they print in real-time from the MessageQube.

Using the app, employees can photograph near-misses and safety hazards, type a description of the incident, and quickly send it to their company or supervisor’s printer.

Once printed, the report is posted on the employer's online Enterprise Dashboard, where management can view and manage reports and document corrective actions.

For every major injury, there are 29 minor injuries and 300 near misses, according to WorkplaceAware, citing a theory explained in the 1931 book Industrial Accident Prevention by H.W. Heinrich.

Removing Reporting Barriers

The system is designed to encourage reporting of hazards and near-miss scares before a major accident occurs.

“There are many reasons employees choose not to report a near-miss incident, including fear of retribution, a desire to avoid red tape, or to avoid interrupting pace of work,” WorkplaceAware CEO Rob Sweeney said in a statement.  


A key component of the system is a mini cellular desktop printer, called a MessageQube, that receives text and photo messages from any cell phone.

“By using WorkplaceAware, companies can allow employees to report incidents from the field without having to fill out pages of paperwork or holding up the work day. And if employees choose, reports can be submitted anonymously.”

The cost of the system is $1,995 per year plus $1 for every employee over 1,000 per year.

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Tagged categories: Accidents; Building operations; Business operations; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; Workers

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