Ensuring driver safety is a top priority for all construction businesses. Fleet management professionals are turning to GPS tracking systems to enhance fleet safety and guarantee safety regulations are met.
Installing GPS tracking allows construction businesses to proactively monitor unsafe situations on the jobsite, notify drivers as soon as they may be in danger and increase emergency response times to ensure help is sent as soon as possible.
A few ways that alerts can be used to ensure driver safety include:
- notifying drivers of safety hazards on the jobsite like power lines or utilities;
- notifying management right away during long stops that could signify drivers are in danger; and
- ensuring vehicles and equipment are safe to operate by receiving automated maintenance reminders.
Alert Drivers of Power lines or Utilities on a Jobsite before Operating Equipment
According to the United States Department of Labor, one of the top four safety hazards on a construction jobsite is electrocution caused by operating equipment in an unsafe proximity to overhead power lines and utilities. To prevent this safety hazard and fatalities on the jobsite, construction businesses can use a GPS tracking system to create geo-fences around jobsites with power lines or utilities to ensure that employees are aware. Alerts can be associated with geo-fences, called landmark alerts, which will send an automatic notification to drivers through the GPS tracking system upon entering the location. Setting landmark alerts for jobsites with power lines or utilities will notify drivers that they need to take precaution while operating equipment as soon as they arrive onsite.
Verify Driver Safety during a Long Stop
Construction fleets use a GPS tracking system to increase safety by verifying drivers’ well-being during long stops. Receiving notifications during longer than usual stops increases safety because it will alert management if a driver may be experiencing complications or has an emergency.
Some construction fleets work on remote jobsites, so having the ability to monitor how long engines are turned off becomes a valuable tool to ensure driver safety. Fleet managers can use a GPS tracking system to monitor how long vehicles are stopped at a remote jobsite by creating long stop alerts. If a vehicle’s engine has been turned off for an extended period of time (typically this would be a longer period of time than the job should take to complete), managers will receive an alert that signifies the driver may be in trouble. Receiving this alert allows management to contact the driver right away to ensure his or her safety and dispatch emergency response if it is needed.
Ensure Divers Operate Safe Vehicles and Equipment
Staying on top of fleet health is a proactive safety practice and will prevent dangerous situations like tire blowouts and engine failure caused by maintenance neglect. GPS tracking systems allow construction businesses to ensure all vehicles and equipment are in the best condition by automatically tracking fleet maintenance.
GPS tracking systems automatically track run time and odometer readings, then send reminders to management and drivers when services like tire rotations and balancing, oil changes, emissions testing or any other types of services are due to be completed. Receiving alerts will ensure that all vehicles and equipment receive services as soon as possible and are safe to operate at all times.
GIVe Drivers a Panic Button for Emergency Situations
In addition to alerts, some GPS tracking systems offer a panic button that can be on their person to provide an additional safety resource during an emergency. If a driver is in danger on a jobsite and is unable to access the cab of his o her vehicle or cell phone to call for help, this extra source of safety can make the difference between life and death. Pressing the panic button will notify management that the driver needs help and can access their location to send assistance.
There is nothing more important than ensuring driver safety for construction businesses. Using GPS tracking technology will help fleet management improve current safety practices and create new procedures to guarantee employees’ well-being on the job.