Field Tools releases health screening app for construction workers

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Workers will use their mobile phones to activate a QR code for the health screening app form on signs posted at construction site entrances. Courtesy Field Tools

Grandville-based Field Tools is providing a free health screening form on its mobile data app as construction workers return to job sites.

“We’re providing this free tool to construction companies to help protect the health of the workforce,” said Doug Huyser, president of Classic Engineering, owner of Classic Labs and Field Tools.

The app’s release comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relaxed her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, allowing construction companies to return to work but requiring them to prevent workers from entering a premise if they show respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19.

Workers will use their mobile phones to activate a QR code for the health screening app form on signs posted at construction site entrances.

The form uses CDC screening guidelines to ask the worker three questions: If they have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed or quarantined for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if they have traveled on an airplane within 14 days. Symptom questions ask about fever, severe headache or new or worsening respiratory issues.

Questions answered “yes” will send a notification to the job site supervisor on the Field Tools app. The worker will be asked to distance themselves from other employees and wait for direction from the company’s human resources department. The Field Tools Health Screening form is available in English and Spanish.

Pioneer Construction in Grand Rapids successfully tested the app in the field.

“When we are able to health screen all employees before they go to work each day, the risk of exposure to all employees on site is greatly reduced,” said Christopher Kallemeyn, Pioneer Construction vice president of operations. “This tool, along with our rigorous hygiene and sanitation procedures and appropriate PPE use, will make all of our job sites and employees safer at work.”

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