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