How to Track and Share Safety Hazards On-Site Using Propeller

Frequent site surveys give you the opportunity to spot hazards and detect irregularities, fissures, and potential slips, before they become a problem. 

You can use safety-focused templates in Propeller to create a paper-free, precise visual record of site hazards, road grades, and berm heights that can easily be tracked and shared with your team. 

How to measure berm heights

A common safety check is to use the line tool to measure berm heights. 

To do this you will need to select the template called Berm Check. Head to measurements in the left-hand tab and CREATE A MEASUREMENT

From here, navigate to Site Check in the Measurement Template tool and choose Berm Check

Or, use the search bar to search for Berm Check from within the measurement tools.

To use this template, it’s as simple as clicking once at the high point of the berm and double-clicking at the base of the berm. You can visualize the measurement in 3D and change the color of the measurement to indicate higher safety risks in the left-hand panel. You can also enable a cutaway view for more detail.

You can also select the Severity and Likelihood to capture vital safety information in the dropdown lists. Make notes or add comments about specific hazards to help provide additional context when sharing with your team.

How to measure road grades 

Another routine safety check Propeller customers often do, is to measure road grades on a site. For this measurement, you must select the template Road Grade under the Site Check tool.

Click along the road you want to measure and double-click to finish. You can measure the grade of the road in percent, degrees, or a ratio.

How to use the Gradient Layer to check all roads on site 

The Gradient Layer is another feature we can use to evaluate a site for safety hazards. 

Since most roads are not steeper than 40%, we can customize the gradient ranges to highlight all the roads on the site easily. When those changes are applied, you can quickly visualize the roads and zoom in on specific areas for further evaluation. 

You can find more detailed information on customizing the Gradient Map to check for steep roads here.  


How to mark and log a specific hazard on site 

To mark specific hazards on a site, you can use the Safety Hazard tool in the Track Progress template. 

Marking the area of the road that was too steep is as simple as clicking at that location. You will automatically get coordinates of that location, as well as dropdown lists to capture safety information.

Highlight safety hazards using the Polygon and Line Tools

Use the Polygon tool to quickly draw a boundary around areas on site, like the visitor car park, or to mark out slow speed zones. These areas can easily be kept up to date by adjusting the boundaries using the latest drone survey, and because it can be promoted to the Site level, you can make this easily visible for the whole team to see. 

You can also use the Line tool to mark out areas like open trenches and roads with steep gradients that others should be made aware of.


How to export and share safety hazards with your team. 

Finally, easily share the safety-related measurements you’ve created with key stakeholders and team members.  

Notify others of a site hazard by email, or sharing a link. 

To inform others about a potential hazard on-site, click the Share icon once you’ve created and saved your annotation. 

When clicking the link, recipients are taken directly to the shared hazard.

Export and share safety hazard reports 

To export and share a report specific to all safety hazards, search for “safety” in the search bar in the left-hand panel to display related measurements. 

You can select the measurements you want to share and generate a report that can be exported in PDF or CSV format. To create the report, click OUTPUTS tab and choose a PDF or CSV of the Measurement Report

A report includes an overview of each measurement and the specific information you added, like comments or severity information.

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