Brahma Group: Better Technology Leads to Better Safety
When you think of creating opportunities for improved safety on the job site, your first thought probably isn’t of a mobile app. But in fact, almost any facet of emerging technology can be utilized to improve your operations.
Just ask Brahma Group. The Utah-based project management and industrial construction company had built a strong reputation for workplace safety, recognized as one of the safest industrial contractors in the United States with a current experience modification rate (EMR) of 0.32.
“We’re always trying to find new ways to make things better whether it’s safety or productivity,” says CEO Sean Davis. “We’re always asking ourselves: ‘what could we do better? What did we do right?’”
Brahma Group uses several methods to ensure safety for its crew, but one of the most interesting is a mobile app developed by the company to help it better understand what its employees are dealing with on a daily basis.
“We actually created an app for our employees to use as a personal risk assessment tool for safety,” says Davis. “One of the purposes of the app is to see what types of hazards our employees are encountering on a daily level. We want to see which hazards continuously occur and if there’s a new way of approaching those safety risks.”
First implemented in February 2014, the mining safety mobile app is now widely used by Brahma Group employees and is helping the company gather data on the risks associated with tasks so that they can prioritize improvements and refined safety measures. Of course, the app is not the only effort that Brahma Group makes to ensure the safety of its employees. To learn more about the company’s safety standards and enforcement, from its training to its relationships with manufacturers to produce better equipment, check out our full report on Brahma Group in the latest issue of Mining Global.
Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.