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How Much Does The Harness Safety App Cost?

No construction company owner wants their workers to be hurt on the job.  In fact, most are open to exploring any way to make job sites safer before even considering cost because of their moral and legal obligation.  Some purchases, like equipping workers with the proper personal protective equipment for example are fairly understood in terms of what the costs are and how they can go up or down.

But when it comes to the costs surrounding construction safety apps like Harness, there are a number of factors that can affect what your company ends up paying.

That’s what we’re going to discuss in this article.  What the Harness safety app costs.  While we can’t speak for every other software company, we can explain our model, why it works, and how it compares to some others out there.

I’ve deployed Harness to construction companies with as few as ten employees and others with over 500 employees.  At the time of writing this article, we have over 25,000 daily active users of our system.  

I know what it takes to successfully adopt software like Harness and how the requirements of each company can affect the cost.

Purchasing Harness Software involves two separate financial considerations:

  • A monthly subscription
  • A one-time setup & deployment fee.  

Let’s look at each individually.

Monthly Subscription

Monthly subscriptions for Harness Software are based on the total number of workers in your organization.  

We’ve created tiers in segments of 100 workers starting at $499/month for organizations with under 100 workers.  

These tiered plans go up to $2000/month for organizations with 300 workers or more.

What’s Included In The Monthly Subscription?

 

  • Access to Harness for everyone in your company including subcontractors
  • Unlimited cloud storage for your safety stuff
  • Unlimited custom forms built by the Harness team
  • Amazing support via phone, email, & live chat

 

How Does Harness Compare To Other Safety Software?

Many software companies have adopted a model of charging for “users.”  In other words, you would pay for each person that you wanted to have access to the software.  This model is cost-efficient if only a small subset of your employees need access to the software.  For example, giving your supervisors access to applications for timekeeping or project management.

Per-user pricing harkens back to the early days of software (ever had to buy user licenses for the Microsoft Office Suite?). However, in certain situations, the per-user model comes with a number of problems.  

Why Harness doesn’t charge on a per-user basis

 

Cost-Certainty

If you choose to implement safety software to better manage your program, every worker or even subcontractor should be able to access the stuff they need when they need it. But in a per-user model, it’s really hard to know what you’re going to pay.

Since construction company staffing levels fluctuate according to workloads, your price could change every month. 

In a slow month, you might have 30 employees, but in a busy month, you might have 100.  A per-user model would cause your company to pay much more in those busy months.  

We’ve found that company owners prefer cost certainty when making purchasing decisions.

Reducing Administrative Burden

Keeping track of active & inactive users creates an unnecessary administrative burden for your organization.

As we’ve stated above, you’re likely adding and removing workers from your payroll every month.  We think it’s unnecessary for your administrative team to have to take additional steps to remove a person from your safety software so you don’t get charged for them.  

Then, if a worker returns, they have to create their account again.  This may not be much of an issue in a small company, but the larger and more successful you are, the more time and money this could cost you.

Encouraging Open Access

Per-user pricing causes some organizations to restrict access to valuable safety resources in order to save money.  The health & safety of your workers is extremely important.  All construction jobs are dangerous in some way.  Your company is also legally obligated to provide health & safety training and information to ALL your workers.

This is obviously bad. You should want all your workers engaged in the health & safety process.  Not just a select few.  At the very least, you’ll be perceived by your workers as being more interested in cutting costs than in keeping them safe.  At worst, you might find yourself subject to unnecessary OSHA citations or even suffer a workplace injury or death.

A per-user pricing model does work in some cases.  For example, with smaller organizations that don’t have much fluctuation in staffing levels.  However, if your organization has 25 employees or above or you tend to scale up your workforce significantly during busy periods, Harness’ tiered model makes a lot more sense financially.

We acknowledge that $499 per month is a lot for smaller companies, that’s why we offer some a-la-carte options and even free products to those companies that can’t make that investment yet.

Setup & Deployment Fee

The two main reasons why any software purchase fails are lack of customization and lack of training.  

Harness Software charges a one-time setup & deployment fee to ensure that neither of these things happen to you. 

What’s Included In The Setup & Deployment Fee?

The one-time fee covers things like:

  • Custom form building
  • Reports customization
  • Importing safety data from other sources
  • Calls & meetings during the setup phase
  • Creating integrations with other software
  • Travel for onsite training
  • Unlimited follow-up virtual training for your team

The actual amount of the setup fee depends on a few things but a good rule is to use 12 months worth of subscription payments as a gauge.  

For example, a setup & deployment fee for a company on the $499 monthly subscription tier would average $6,000.  

What determines the actual amount of the setup & deployment fee?

Just like when you’re buying a car, the options determine the actual price.  Before you sign up for Harness, we’ll have determined your company’s objectives, the expected complexity of your deployment, and we’ll have provided a set price quote.  

Things that can make a deployment fee more expensive:

  • Setting up a safety program across multiple office sites and/or lines of business
  • Large amounts of custom form builds
  • Training required in multiple locations
  • Complex integrations with external systems

 

Is the setup fee really necessary?  Can we sign up for Harness without one?

As I mentioned above, the most common reasons why software purchases fail are lack of training and lack of customization.  We charge the setup & deployment fee to make sure we can spend the time with you necessary to avoid those outcomes.  The setup & deployment fee is mandatory for all companies signing up for Harness Software.  

Do I have to sign a fixed-term contract when I sign up for Harness Software?

There are some software companies that require you to sign a fixed-term contract.  

Harness doesn’t require customers to agree to a fixed-term contract because we believe that if the software works the way you need it to and provides value, there will be no need to cancel.  

Our pricing is set up in a way to remove the obstacles to effective adoption so we don’t have to lock you in.

So How Much Will Harness Software Cost For Me?

As we’ve discussed above, the cost of safety software for your company will be determined by a number of factors:

  • How Many Employees In Your Organization
  • Tiered Model vs Per User Model
  • Customization & Training Requirements

Harness software has helped construction companies across North America deploy and easily manage a strong health & safety program.  

Next Actions

If you’d like to better understand the costs & return of investing in Harness Software, we encourage you to contact us for a no-obligation consultation & demo.  We’ve created packages for contractors that have ranged from $499 per month + $5000 setup fee and up.

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Best In Class Construction Technology

The 6 Best Construction Safety Apps. Ditch Paperwork Forever

As Founder & CEO of Harness Software, I meet with hundreds of construction companies each year that are looking to better manage their health & safety programs.  At some point during every engagement, I’m asked, “What are the best construction safety apps?” 

I’m not afraid to provide information on our competition because I want our customers to be as informed as possible.

Here is a list of some of the best safety apps with experience in the construction sector.

eCompliance

Founded in 2012, eCompliance has grown to not only include safety management software but also asset management and e-learning for the construction, government, mining, utilities, energy, and manufacturing sectors. 

iAuditor

iAuditor by Safety Culture was started in Australia in 2004 and expanded to the US in 2016.  Their main value proposition is to increase the efficiency of inspections.  They have clients in construction, retail, manufacturing, and hospitality as well.

SafeSite

Since 2014 SafeSite has provided clients with a solution to perform inspections, incident reporting, toolbox talks, and more.  One notable feature is their catalog of form templates that clients can further customize to their needs.

Safety Reports

Safety-Reports formed in 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. They have clients in Construction and General Industry, but their apps are also used by Loss Control Representatives in the Insurance Industry as well as Safety Consultants who provide third-party services.

Safety Reports’ first product on the market was an inspection app. And since then, they’ve added new separate apps to include: training, job site safety analysis, observations, incidents, and weather forecasting.

SiteDocs

Founded in Victoria, BC, Canada, SiteDocs has worked with contractors pursuing or maintaining the COR Safety certification that is growing more widely adopted as a standard in Canada. 

Safety Meeting App

As their name implies, Safety Meeting App is used to facilitate and document safety meetings or toolbox talks in the field.  They have a large repository of safety meeting content.  They’ve also recently started to offer solutions for inspections and incident reporting.

Next Actions

All software companies excel in certain areas.  The key to finding the right solution for your company ultimately is determining which out-of-the-box features of any particular solution fit your requirements the best and then how much customization you’ll need to do to get an exact fit.

Harness Software has helped construction companies large and small to reduce the administrative burden of their safety program, strengthen their safety culture, and save significant money through lower worker’s compensation premiums.  

Every one of our clients has their own customized version of our platform and everyone gets onsite training for field staff and one-to-one support for administrators.  

If you’re ready to see what Harness could do for your business, book a demo today.

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Top 5 Ways To Foster A Safety Culture In Your Construction Business 

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Top 5 Ways To Foster A Safety Culture In Your Construction Business

If you’re a construction company owner or manager, you understand just how critical it is to create a formal health & safety program for your company.  Perhaps you are already doing some of the basics, such as providing safety training or conducting periodic safety meetings.  

At Harness Software, I’ve been fortunate to work with contractors across North America who have decided to create or build a true culture of safety.  

After hundreds of meetings, dozens of conferences, and over half a million miles flown,  I’ve noticed that the firms that excel in safety all have one thing in common:  A strong commitment from ownership and management towards the safety & wellbeing of every worker.  These companies have happy, productive workers, and they have lower than average worker’s compensation premiums, which gives them a competitive advantage in their industry.

Now, many companies say they have this commitment.  You can visit the website of any contractor and usually see mention of it.  But they often lack the will to actually see it through.

Jobs that are behind schedule suddenly stop having safety briefings or inspections.  Workers are told, “Just get it done.”  They pick up on the urgency of their management and start cutting corners when it comes to safety –all for the sake of profitability or fear of losing their jobs.  That is not a safety culture.  

Whether you’re the leader of a single crew or an entire company, the first time you prioritize production or results over safety, you will have sent the message loud and clear to your workers that your commitment to safety is just an empty statement on your website.  As a business owner myself, I can understand the pull that owners may feel to focus on results ahead of safety.  It’s natural.  We want our business to succeed, and that means completing work and getting paid.  When it comes to our focus on safety though, we have to play the long game.

How will you motivate your workers to go above and beyond on the next project if they don’t truly believe you have their best interests at heart? 

Top 5 Ways To Foster Your Safety Culture:

 

1. Sign A Commitment to Safety Letter

Write a personal letter that outlines your own commitment to safety and ensure every worker receives a copy when they are hired.  Have each worker acknowledge the letter and add their own written commitment to safety as part of the hiring process.  They could do this via a simple checklist.  Doing this is a great way to hold both management & employees accountable.

 

2. Establish a Joint Health & Safety Committee

Establish a joint health & safety committee of workers from across the organization.  The goal of this committee will be to inform safety policies and identify ways to improve safety over time.  Empower committee members by treating them as equals and not just employees.  Actually implement their ideas so that the rest of your organization and the committee members themselves view the committee as the safety authority for your company.  The best safety programs are ones where workers feel ownership.

 

3. Set A Budget

 

Create a dedicated budget for safety within your organization that can be used for training, equipment, productivity tools, etc. Make sure the amount is appropriate for your company size and review the budget annually.  According to the National Safety Council, every $1 spent on safety returns between $2-$6.  That’s a great investment 

 

4. Talk Safety First.  Results Second.

 

Review safety measures being taken on job sites prior to EVERY production-related discussion. Showing your own personal commitment to your worker’s health & safety in some way every day is a quick & easy way to remind them that you care.  Make it clear that your example should be followed by the entire management team.  It will quickly become a habit and often leads to illuminating discussions that can benefit the company in other areas than just safety.

 

5. Get Advice From The Best

 

Seek out advice within your industry via professional associations or think-tank groups and bring those findings to your safety committee.  National and regional trade groups like the National Roofing Contractors Association, Midwest Roofing Contractors Association, Association of General Contractors, and Mechanical Contractors Association of America are all great examples.  They each have developed safety resources and working groups to promote safety best practices amongst their membership.

 

Bonus Tip:  Celebrate Safety Success.  

 
Provide updates to your organization on your safety record (lower recordable injuries, etc..) to workers on a regular basis, and take the time to point out particular efforts of individual workers.  You could do this by posting on a board in your office, or sending a dedicated email.  You could even use weekly safety meetings to acknowledge the efforts of an individual worker or a group.  

Safety incentive programs that reward employees for certain behaviors can be a good idea as long as they don’t discourage or punish workers for reporting unsafe conditions.  For example, incentivizing workers who complete their safety planning activities thoroughly is better than incentivizing workers for a lack of recordable injuries on a project.  The latter could result in workers hiding injuries or unsafe conditions and that could land your company in trouble with OSHA.  

Celebrating the right behaviors and commitment to safe work is another great way to prove to your workers that your commitment to a culture of safety isn’t just an empty promise.  It’s something that you live every day.

Next Actions

Hopefully, by now you have a better idea of how to foster your company’s safety culture.  

Harness Software is a construction safety app used by thousands of contractors every day to remove the administrative burden from their health & safety program, allowing them to measure success and, ultimately, save money.

If you’d like to see how Harness Software could make it easier for your company to strengthen its safety culture, book a 30-minute consultation & demo.

Otherwise, there are some more fantastic & free resources available on our blog that you can use to create a strong construction health & safety program. Such as: