The Secret to a Safer Jobsite

by Brian Frederick
August 28, 2017

Reckless operation: a cautionary tale

One hot Kentucky morning, a contracting company loaded an excavator onto a flatbed truck, bound for a jobsite on the other side of town. Behind the wheel was a young man we’ll call Jimmy. Jimmy had a CDL, but he wasn’t the usual delivery driver.

In fact, he didn’t particularly want to deliver this piece of equipment on this morning. He wanted to get it there and get back to the yard as quickly as he could, so no sooner had he left the lot, than he floored the gas petal on the big rig, driving well over the speed limit.

He was nearing the jobsite, when the two-lane highway he was on took a sharp turn. Jimmy barely touched the brakes, and as he entered the curve, the truck began to shake. He lost control and the entire rig overturned. Jimmy was pinned in the vehicle.

The fire department was called to the scene, where they had to use ladders to reach Jimmy. It took over an hour. Complaining of back pain, Jimmy was transported to a nearby hospital where he was admitted in serious, but stable condition. The rig and the excavator were both severely damaged, requiring thousands of dollars in repairs.

This wasn’t Jimmy’s first time driving like an idiot. Had his employer only known about it, they could have addressed it before the accident and hopefully prevented it. But how could they know? They didn’t have telematics.

Identify and eliminate risky operator habits

Heavy equipment is dangerous. With hundreds of horsepower driving tons of equipment, the slightest mistake can have serious consequences. And then there are bad operators. With the help of telematics, you can cutdown on risk, identify operators who are consistently a problem, and make every jobsite safer.

Bad drivers can’t hide from telematics

It’s a fact of life: some people are immature and irresponsible. While this may not be a serious problem in some industries, in construction and transportation, recklessness can be fatal. That’s why it’s important to have a telematics solution like ES Track.

By monitoring driver behavior, you can easily identify problem operators — before an accident occurs. Automatic alerts about speeding, hard braking and sharp turns, are accumulated into a driver scorecard that tells you exactly how safely — or unsafely — any given employee is driving.

And because drivers will know they’re being monitored, they’ll be far less likely to do something stupid or dangerous in the first place.

Fatigue causes accidents too

Even good drivers can make mistakes when they’re tired. Fatigue can impair reaction time and decision making, and greatly increases the risk of being involved in an accident. According to the National Sleep Foundation, drowsy car operators cause 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in damages every year. And when you’re operating a three ton piece of equipment, the risk is even greater.

Telematics from ES Track helps you track and enforce operator Hours of Service and helps you stay compliant with federal requirements from OSHA and the ELD Mandate about driver hours. You can automatically log operating time and generate alerts when drivers are nearing their limits.

This keeps your drivers rested and alert, reducing accidents and avoiding costly fines, too.

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