Why QR Codes Are a Critical Piece of Construction Technology

graphic of a LaborChart QR code

Somebody falls on the job. In that moment, every action matters. And your response on the ground is often dictated by how and where your information is stored. Maybe your emergency contact information is in a file cabinet on a construction trailer or locked in a spreadsheet at the home office. 

We had a customer reach out with that very problem a few years ago. They needed a way to quickly pull up an employee’s contact information in the case of a medical emergency on a job site. They asked us to help them remove steps that could cost valuable time. So, we built the ability for our customers to generate QR codes in LaborChart

A QR code, populated with information stored in a cloud-based workforce management platform, creates a real-time digital profile of each team member. And that real-time digital profile makes it easier to tap into your labor pool, manage projects and respond to emergencies. 

How do QR codes work? 

Did you know that QR is short for quick response? A QR code is a scannable barcode, where information can be revealed in a few seconds. But rapid access to data is only valuable if it’s the right data

With LaborChart, you customize the fields visible inside a QR code. You decide the information you’ll need for each project in our digital workforce management platform. A quick scan of a QR code with your smartphone’s camera can rapidly pull up a picture, contact information or medical history. 

image of a woman construction worker on a tablet with the text: A quick scan of a qr code with your smarphone's camera can rapidly pull up a picture, contact information or medical history. overlying the image

You pick the relevant skills, certifications and work history of your labor pool available with that simple scan. You can also have confidence that your information is accurate and up-to-date because it’s being pulled directly from the data in LaborChart. QR codes can be printed on stickers and attached to the inside of a hard hat or company ID badge. 

How are QR codes used in construction today? 

Contractors use QR codes to help run the daily operations on a job. Project managers track assets, attach instruction manuals and safety videos to equipment and even add blueprints to a beam. 

QR codes provide insight into equipment usage; but there’s a significant opportunity with labor that you might not have considered. A QR code, populated with information stored in a cloud-based workforce management platform, creates a real-time digital profile of each team member. 

People are your biggest asset, and potentially your largest cost. Learn more about the real-time labor mix on a project by making it easier to access personnel data. Real-time information that is always current and at your fingertips. This is how QR codes can be a critical piece of construction technology. 

How can QR codes help contractors manage labor? 

With accurate, up-to-date information, you will have the confidence to make decisions quickly with clear reasoning. Time matters in an emergency. QR codes tell you exactly what you need to know in the moment when moments are critical. 

While emergencies may arise, QR codes can also have a significant impact on your day-to-day operations. The digital profile stored in QR codes can immediately show you the skills and certifications of a laborer. When you have a revolving door on a job site, it’s now possible to know exactly what a person is capable of doing from the moment they show up to work. 

an image with the text: when you have a revolving door on a job site, it's now possible to know exactly what a person is capable of doing from the moment they show up to work.

The bigger your company, the harder it is to know the skills and training of each and every employee. Whereas before you might have relied on a prior working relationship, you can now use a QR code to instantly pull up an electrician’s previous experience and work history. 

QR codes also let you understand the labor costs on a project. You know when you send someone to a job site, you get the most of that person by putting them on the right tasks. Cost mitigation, like risk mitigation, drives improvements to your bottom line. 

Technology doesn’t have to be complicated to be useful. QR codes are valuable whether you’re evaluating your daily workforce management strategies or looking to improve your emergency preparedness. Reach out for a walkthrough on QR codes and get a demo of LaborChart

Ben Schultz is founder and CEO of LaborChart. Prior to LaborChart, Ben was a fourth generation electrical contractor for 12 years. He's a husband, a father of three, and enjoys playing golf, spending time with family, and coaching his kids' sports.

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