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Planning for Operator Safety Management Success

Safety can’t be taken lightly. Planning for operator safety management success is critical to companies where multi-use fleets are the core of their business. 

Operator safety management.

Taking the right steps in hiring through to choosing the right technology supports a safety-first commitment to your employees, the public, and your brand’s image.  Get started with these strategies:  

Define Hiring Standards  

Fleet and operator safety management begins with hiring team members who take safety seriously. Also important is recruiting a mobile workforce with clean motor vehicle records, and individuals who pass thorough background checks to uncover red flags before an employment offer is extended. The goal is to grow your team with a safety-mindset to protect your business, assets, and, most importantly, your customers.

“Fleets spend between 15-20% on prevention and 80-85% on settling claims when they fail.”* 

Set Safety Parameters

Setting team policies gives your workforce guidelines to ensure they safely perform daily work, whether on the road, in the warehouse, or at a jobsite. Implementing company-wide health and safety protocols aim to prevent operator fatigue, adhere to hours of service (HOS) requirements, reduce speeding, and improve seat-belt usage — sending the clear message that safety is business-critical.

GET THE GUIDE: The Quick-Start Guide to Creating an Integrated Safety Program

Monitor & Measure Behavior 

Managing and monitoring operators on the job are useful for identifying risky behavior. To do this well, companies should choose a holistic solution that supports multi-configurable video telematics, real-time event monitoring, customizable inspection checklists, driver scorecards, and electronic hours-of-service logs to protect your company’s operators and assets. Technology that unifies fleet and asset data into actionable insights gives leaders the tools to actively reduce accidents, decrease overall operational costs, and report on improvements.

See below for a configurable operator safety checklist sample:

  • Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds before, during, and after your workday. 
    • If you don’t have access to a sink at the jobsite, use hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
    • Utilize public restrooms when you leave the jobsite and try not to touch doorknobs and light switches after washing your hands. 
  • Wipe down assets before and after use. 
  • Practice social distancing from coworkers. 
  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home and wear a mask when you must go out.

Standardize Onboarding & Training  

Developing operator training and driver coaching for new and existing team members sets company-wide safety standards and uniform practices. By focusing on safety during onboarding, you help operators form positive habits from the get-go. Also, providing annual refresher courses for long-time operators and conducting driver retraining after an accident help eliminate risky behavior and increase employee accountability. Companies able to incentivize safe operators with a bonus or extra vacation reinforces behavior your whole team should model.

Select a Partner Aligned to Your Business Goals

Collaborating with a technology solutions provider that brings a consultative approach to the relationship helps you build a safety program aligned to your specific goals. Partnering with a client-centric solutions provider with in-depth fleet knowledge will have the know-how to tailor an innovative operator safety program to help you eliminate injury, high insurance costs, or liability.

IntelliShift’s suite of safety applications includes Video Telematics, Inspect, Driver Scorecards, Logbook, which work together as a unified solution that protects mobile teams, optimizes productivity, and ensures customer satisfaction.  It also reduces and prevents risky behaviors from hurting or meeting customer expectations 

Configure an Operator Safety Solution to Your Needs

The need to protect your workforce and business is essential for operator safety management success. Investing in a next-gen, connected vehicle and asset platform that is configurable to your safety and business goals will give you peace of mind well into the future. If you’re ready to build a sound safety strategy, our IntelliShift team is here to help you protect operators, customers, and your bottom line. Schedule a demo 

Ready to uplevel your fleet’s safety? Talk to a Safety Expert to put your team on a safety-first path.

 “Selling Safety Initiatives to Executives,” Freight Waves.com, 2020

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