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Ensuring the Safety of Construction Workers on the Road
By Samuel Russin
May 14, 2018
Managing the safety of employees on a job site is an essential consideration for any construction project, but the safety of those in transit is often overlooked.
We spoke with Michael Seychell, Managing Sales Director for Fleet Complete, a global provider of commercial vehicle solutions, about how construction businesses can ensure the safety of their workers on the road.
Monitoring Vehicle Safety on the Road
Fleet Complete is a global organisation that provides hardware and software tools so businesses can monitor their vehicles, assets, and workers in the field. This software helps provide construction companies with both real-time data and collected data that can be used to analyse and monitor what vehicles are doing on the job.
“It’s all about time and money. They (companies) want to get their drivers to as many jobs as possible in a day. Having our services allows them to see how much time people are spending at a job and where the closest job to that vehicle may be to ensure efficiency,” Seychell tells Jobsite.
Fleet Complete’s software also allows construction businesses to monitor vehicles which are driving aggressively and involved in accidents. These drivers can then receive coaching on how to operate vehicles more safely.
“If companies have drivers who are driving vehicles aggressively or getting involved in harsh driving events where there is wear and tear on the vehicles, they are able to see that data and then coach the driver about that,” explains Seychell.
The software can identify when and where fleets are on the road. For example, issues can arise where drivers in remote locations, away from police, speed cameras, and any monitoring drive recklessly using company cars.
This can result in endanger the vehicle as well as the driver themselves. “A key part of the safety campaigns was to ensure that all the vehicles that go on particular sites have tracking solutions in place,” says Seychell.
Drivers are aware of data being recorded on their vehicles’ whereabouts, which can encourage good driving behaviours. Just like in the case of driving a car, “if there is a speed camera, we all slow down simply because we know it is there.”
The Vehicle is an Extension of the Workplace
Fleet Complete’s software and hardware ensures driver safety and reduces the number of road accidents. That is essential since construction companies have a duty of care to their workers.
“It is not just about the safety in the office or on site. The vehicle is clearly an extension of the workplace. When you have workers driving around around the countryside in often expensive pieces of kit, businesses obviously have a duty of care for those drivers; our solutions provide them with some greater visibility,” says Seychell.
The equipment has crash detection technology which gives an instant notification to an administrator if something has happened to the vehicle. The Journey Management Centre provides a solution to keep track of drivers travelling to remote areas and/or transporting hazardous loads or equipment.
“It is basically human intervention. One of our guys here will put in a call to a driver at the start of their journey to make sure they are okay and ready to go. Then, there will be a call every two hours to check on the driver, and then another call post-journey to check they got there on time,” explains Seychell.
If a driver misses any of the calls throughout the journey, a notification system is in place to alert an administrator to the situation.
Construction companies can use Fleet Complete’s software to monitor and keep track of vehicles in transit. Application of this software and the data it produces are essential to promoting safe road practices.
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