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Why We’re Offering Our Harness Safety App For FREE Starting Today

There have always been barriers to having a strong construction health & safety program. Some of those include the attitude of management & workers, a lack of understanding what exactly “strong” means, and probably the biggest obstacle, administrative burden.

Who’s going to spend time creating, distributing, collecting, and analyzing safety program information? If you don’t have dedicated safety personnel, those tasks often fall to employees that are compensated on other tasks so safety stuff will often take a back seat.

If you do have a dedicated safety person or team, the time spent on administration means those people aren’t in the field doing what they’re supposed to be doing: keeping workers safe.

We founded Harness Software on the belief that if we could make safety tasks easy, they would get done more often. When safety is top of mind, less incidents will occur, companies will suffer less disruption and benefit from lower costs.

The very first feature we built into our construction safety app was the ability to send relevant safety meeting topics to field staff, have them easily conduct these “toolbox talks” and document them in seconds.

Since 2017, the Harness safety app has been used to conduct over 25,000 safety meetings. Companies send their workers topics from our meeting guide catalog and workers in the field conduct a meeting with their crew and document it on any smartphone or tablet.

Today we’re making the toolbox talk features of Harness FREE to contractors of any size.

Why Are We Offering Free Toolbox Talks?

  • Toolbox talks, when regularly conducted with the appropriate information are an effective way to keep workers safe
  • A proper toolbox talk should take no more than 10-15 mins
  • The majority of construction firms we surveyed found it difficult to obtain & distribute meeting materials
  • Most construction firms do a poor job at documenting meetings they do hold

What’s Included in the Free Plan?

  • Access to our standard toolbox talk catalog. Over 100 meeting guides on a variety of topics. Available in English & Spanish.
  • Send reminder notifications to workers at any time
  • Easily record meeting attendance on any smartphone or tablet
  • A PDF documenting the talk and attendance, automatically emailed to you
  • 14 days of reporting history
  • Access for as long as required (not a trial)

How Do I Learn More Or Sign Up?

Read more about the Free Plan or click the button below to sign up for it now.

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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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Your Ultimate Guide To Experience Modification Ratings (EMR)

After labor and materials, insurance is the third highest cost for a construction company.  That’s why it’s important to understand — and monitor — your experience modification rating (EMR).   EMR has a direct correlation to how much you pay in Workers’ Compensation Premiums. The lower your EMR, the less you pay in premiums.

But to be able to use your EMR to effectively control costs, you must first understand how it works.

What is an EMR?

In a nutshell, your EMR compares your workers’ compensation claims experience to other employers of similar size operating in the same type of business.

It’s the method for tailoring the cost of insurance to the characteristics of a specific business, but it also gives that business the opportunity to manage its own costs through measurable cost-saving programs.

How is EMR Calculated?

The actual process of calculating the EMR is sometimes complex, but the purpose of the formula is pretty straightforward. Here’s how it works: your company’s actual losses are compared to its expected losses by industry type. Factors taken into consideration are company size, unexpected large losses and the difference between loss frequency and loss severity.

EMR usually takes into account three years of claims history, excluding the most recent policy year. For example, the EMR for a policy period beginning January 1, 2018, includes claim costs for the policy periods beginning:

  • January 1, 2014
  • January 1, 2015
  • January 1, 2016

Who Gets Assigned an EMR?

Not every business is large enough to have an EMR.  Your workers’ compensation premium has to be above a certain dollar threshold specified by your state before your organization will be assigned an EMR. This minimum premium amount is usually around $3,000-$7,000.

What are EMR Classifications?

A workers compensation classification represents a group of employers that conduct similar types of businesses.  Classifications are usually represented by four-digit codes.   Examples of classifications are Roofing (5150) and Plumbing (5183).  All employers assigned to the same classification pay an identical rate (if they are located in the same state).

Classification systems are based on the idea that workers employed by similar businesses are prone to similar types of injuries. For example, employees who install roofs are subject to injuries caused by falls, burns, sun exposure, and lifting heavy objects. The types of injuries these workers sustain are relatively consistent from one roofer to another. Thus, all employers whose business consists of roofing installation are assigned to the same workers compensation classification.

Who Calculates Your EMR?

Your EMR is calculated by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) or in some states, by an independent agency.

When the NCCI or a state bureau issues an experience modifier, the agency provides an experience rating worksheet. The worksheet shows how your modifier was calculated. It lists the relevant class codes and applicable payrolls, claim numbers and losses used in the calculations. Note that if you have incurred a large loss, only a portion of that loss is typically included in the calculation of your modifier. If you have incurred several small losses, all of those losses might be included in the calculation.

Pro Tip: Your modifier is generally more adversely affected if you have incurred numerous small losses rather than one large one.

How Does My EMR Affect my Premiums?

Your EMR represents either a credit or debit that’s applied to your workers’ compensation premium. An EMR of 1.0 is considered to be the industry average. While an EMR of more than 1.0 is a Debit Mod, which means your losses are worse than expected and a surcharge will be added to your premium. An EMR under 1.0 is a Credit Mod, which means losses are better than expected, resulting in a premium discount.

Here’s an example of how this works:

Premium

EMR

Modified Premium

$100,000

.75

$75,000

$100,000

1.00

$100,000

$100,000

1.25

$125,000

As you can see, an EMR of 1.25 would mean that insurance premiums could be as high as 25% more than a company with an EMR of 1.0.

How Can You Achieve & Maintain a Low EMR?

Of course, this is the question every business owner wants to know the answer to. So here is a list of things you can do to be more proactive when it comes to lowering your EMR:

  • Contact your insurance agent or review your policy documents to verify your current EMR is accurate. You might be paying more (or less) than you should due to incorrect or incomplete data.
  • Remember that EMR is influenced more by small, frequent losses than by large, infrequent ones. So the fewer losses you have, the better.
  • Create a strong, well-documented safety program that incorporates best practices such as toolbox talks, daily safety analysis, frequent site inspections, and safety training.
  • Use analytics to determine ways you can be proactive about injury prevention.
  • Also create or improve an effective return to work program to help lower your EMR.
  • Make sure that all injuries are reported promptly. Studies reveal that prompt injury reporting reduces the cost of claims.
  • Implement an active claims management program to manage outstanding reserves and focus on efficiently resolving open claims.
  • Train front-line supervisors and managers how to manage injured employees. Supervisors play a key role in managing the injury and recovery process. When there’s a good relationship between the injured employee and the supervisor, chances are you’ll get better results.
  • Practice due diligence during the hiring process. Hiring an employee who is not fit for the essential functions of the job will increase the risk of an injury. Of course, you’ll want to take the appropriate, and legal, steps in your “screening” process.

Harness Can Help Your Company Lower Your EMR & Save Money

If you want a stronger health and safety program with better documentation and more efficient workflows, Harness is your answer.