The Christchurch rebuild will be assisted by a health and safety mobile phone system developed by CH alumnus Matt Cobham (CH4966, 2010) and his team.

The entrepreneurial team of four (Matt Cobham, Matt Bishop, Ashok Fernandez and James Worthington) has established SiteSorted to help make New Zealand workplaces safer – minimising risk of accident or injury. The system is expected to attract a great deal of interest from companies involved in the Christchurch rebuild.

Matt says, "SiteSorted aims to not only implement software as a commercial service to make the process more efficient, but also to standardise the process throughout the country to help make workplaces safer. Traditionally the civil construction industry performs its on-site processes with a paper trail. These days, companies are searching for new ways to make construction sites more efficient and safer."

The Christchurch rebuild, SCIRT and its alliance partners (City Care, Fowner, Fletchers, Fulton Hogan and McConnell Dowell) are at the forefront of safe workplace practices. There are, however, no widespread technologies (available to all workers) for the health and safety process.

"We're seeking to standardise matters to allow the sharing of safety statistics and therefore the widespread analysis of workplace accidents throughout the industry. This analysis determines trends and anomalies from company to company, allowing those businesses to better manage and implement safety processes," says Matt.

UC's Innovation Centre has given financial support to SiteSorted with seed funding, summer scholarships, office space, the use of IT, and advice and encouragement from UC mentors.

Congratulations Matt, we're proud of what you're doing to help improve safety on building sites.

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