Pandemic sparks new business aimed at helping construction companies avoid contagion


Construction work in Austin (Picture: KXAN/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — Construction companies throughout Central Texas have been using technology to try to make work sites safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orion Jensen and Nick Swerdfeger in April launched seeking to systematize and scale some of those safety concepts in one place. It was formed as a subsidiary of software consulting firm Clear Launch LLC, which is backed by Austin entrepreneur and investor Dan Graham.

Tech has been top of mind for builders trying to keep COVID-19 from spreading on their sites. For example, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors by mid-April required workers to fill out a basic health survey accessed by scanning with their phone a QR code attached to a fence before they could enter the construction site for a new elementary school. That survey asked workers if they had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and whether they have experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the last seven days.

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