Construction: Safety Video How-to Series

Hotbed creates how-to safety video for high-rise construction workers

Berglund Construction’s commitment to safety reaches beyond the already high standards for the construction industry. For their years-long renovation of the exterior of a large skyscraper, they needed a way to communicate very specific, unique construction principles and step-by-step directions to their crews.

What made this ask even more complex is that most workers spend their days suspended at heights - as high as 40 stories from the ground - where it’s challenging to carry a set of paper instructions or remember spoken direction. Additionally, the project lasted several years but many contract workers cycle on and off the worksite, so consistency between teams became a challenge.

Safety video solves a unique training challenge

Hotbed worked with Berglund stakeholders to develop the curriculum and determined that a video training experience would be the optimal method for construction training for crews that rotated in and out over a period of several years. A safety video could be viewed in huddles, on mobile devices and at heights, and include subtitles in English and Spanish so no worker would be left out.

Hotbed Media shot all video on site, sometimes at 31 stories up. Hotbed created 3D models to help illustrate how to repair the exterior façade from inside the walls. This specific training video helped workers cut down on improvisation and encouraged consistency, giving them a quick reference to check safety protocols while working at dangerous heights.

Safety training videos solve many jobsite safety challenges

As this case study shows, Hotbed Media’s safety training videos allow workers to reference training on-the-spot and right on the worksite using their mobile device. For worksites where access takes a long time, such as taking a construction elevator to the 31st floor, it’s simply not practical to come down and reference a training sheet. It’s also not always efficient to carry around a training manual while working. Quick access to a video shot on site is also more accurate, often showing the actual task and materials being used.

Stokes McIntyre