Morrison Utility Services (MUS), the UK’s largest dedicated utility service provider and a part of M Group Services, has developed a new risk assessment app that will enable its people in the field to conduct safety assessments directly from their smartphones and tablet devices.
The bespoke app features pre-loaded hazard and control lists that can be applied to works taking place across the company’s gas, water and electricity contracts. The app was developed by the MUS Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Intelligent Solutions teams in support of the 5-year MUS SHEQ strategy. The app is also being adopted by fellow M Group Services company Morrison Telecom Services, across its telecoms operations.
The app enables users to quickly and easily complete comprehensive risk assessments by assessing the likelihood and seriousness of specific hazards and digitally capturing their findings. Users can snap and attach supporting photographs or video using their device’s camera and use GPS functionality to identify their exact location. Additional notes and control measures can also be submitted in free form text boxes, with the final risk assessment saved as a PDF report that can be accessed and monitored for quality.
MUS Director of IT, Innovation & Improvement Andy Carter commented: “Our Intelligent Solutions team has worked closely with our SHEQ colleagues to produce the bespoke Risk Assessment app that provides another fantastic example of how we’re using the latest digital technology to ensure our operational teams are working more efficiently and safely.”
Morrison Utility Services SHEQ Director Paul Kerridge adds: “The introduction of this app will serve to raise safety and quality standards across our gas, water and electricity contracts and offers a user-friendly and progressive alternative to traditional hard-copy risk assessments. The app will save time for our business and enable our people in the field to capture comprehensive and accurate risk assessments directly from site, providing the necessary ‘Authority to Proceed’.
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