Partnership streamlines onsite safety for electricians

NECA/National Electrical & Communications Association

Tuesday, 19 September, 2023

Partnership streamlines onsite safety for electricians

A new partnership between the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and job management software company Fergus is aimed at helping Australian electricians keep their worksites safe and efficient.

The strategic partnership covers NECA’s NSW, ACT, Queensland and Tasmanian divisions, in what the organisations described as a turning point for electricians and communication contractors.

“Supporting contractors to improve onsite safety while streamlining their regulatory compliance is essential to building long-term successful electrical businesses,” said Todd Shipp, General Manager of Member Services, NECA NSW, ACT, Qld and Tas.

“Our members told us they wanted NECA resources integrated into their day-to-day operations, and we’re excited to partner with Fergus to use technology to save them hours of administration costs.”

Fergus software’s feature set includes end-to-end job tracking, scheduling, quoting, invoicing, on-the-go team management and reporting, giving NECA members a comprehensive solution to streamline their workflows, efficiently manage their daily jobs and grow their businesses. The company specialises in software tailored for trades businesses.

An additional exclusive feature for NECA members is Digital Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) forms made easily accessible, with NECA members able to fill out SWMS forms onsite using the Fergus mobile app or online via desktop. The importance of SWMS in high-risk construction is undeniable; Fergus will make the process of implementing and monitoring control measures more efficient.

David Holmes, CEO of Fergus, said, “At Fergus, we understand how hard it is to run a trades business because that’s where Dan Pollard, founder of Fergus, started. We’re excited to partner with NECA to help more electrical businesses cut their administrative burden, become more profitable, run safer workplaces and build healthier cash flows.

“It’s amazing to work with the peak body for electricians in Australia that shares our goal of helping solve problems for trades businesses. We look forward to helping NECA members for many years to come.”

NECA is currently educating its members on the value of Fergus Pro software for their businesses.

“Our first project with Fergus is making NECA’s SWMS accessible in the Fergus app, promoting safety and efficiency,” said Owen Leslie, Safety Manager, NECASafe. “Being able to complete SWMS onsite using the Fergus app means everything is saved, accessible and documented in one place, which our members have been asking us for.”

“Bringing SWMS into the digital age will be a game changer for tradies; this move promotes safety and efficiency by reducing the amount of administration involved in projects,” Shipp added.

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