Ashly Coggins Presents on Innovative Safety Solutions at Industry Conference

Thursday, May 11, 2017 3:39 pm EDT


Ashly Coggins, a construction area manager for Fluor, presented on innovative safety solutions at Engineering News-Record’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference in San Francisco, California on May 2, 2017.

“The Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference provided an incredible opportunity for colleagues to collaborate on the most important topic in our industry – safety,” said Coggins. “I was honored to have the opportunity to share how Fluor is investing in innovation to enhance our safety capabilities and reinforce our current pre-task planning protocols.”

Ashly Coggins

Coggins leads a discussion on innovative safety solutions with industry colleagues at the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference.

Coggins initially had an idea to use real-time location data and electronic forms to improve productivity on jobsites. As the concept developed, it evolved into a solution focused on one of Fluor’s core values: safety. Collaboration among Coggins and her colleagues elevated her original concept to the revolutionary idea it has become.

Fast forward 18 months from her initial idea; the solution has been funded and Phase One is now being piloted on a U.S. pharmaceutical project. The comprehensive safety planning application is called Safety Pin, a nod to the program’s ability to pinpoint worker location much like dropping a pin in GPS applications. By integrating existing technology into a single, comprehensive safety planning application, Safety Pin improves pre-task planning by linking job safety analyses, safe task assignments, permits and training history and reconciling the information from those forms. Real-time alerts increase the assurance that Fluor’s established pre-task planning protocols are being followed. Safety Pin monitors craft density, aids in emergency evacuations, improves communication among construction crews and supports life critical activity planning.

“Employees that think outside the lines and develop new, innovative ways to improve construction are how we drive this industry forward,” said Jack Penley, senior vice president of Construction and Fabrication for Fluor. “Safety is one of Fluor’s core values. I am excited about the potential of Safety Pin to enhance our safety performance and thrilled that Ashly had the opportunity to share this program with colleagues in our industry.”

At the conference, Coggins presented on the steps she took to bring Safety Pin to fruition and led a discussion with colleagues in the industry on innovative safety solutions. Participants discussed new approaches their companies are taking to enhance safety at jobsites, including peer observations, new programs to improve metric tracking, unique uses for reality-capture and a focus on the relationship between rework activities and safety performance.

Conference organizers chose presentation topics from more than 115 submittals. The conference, in its 14th year, brought together 400 participants from across the construction industry to discuss key industry trends and best practices. 


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