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3 ways technology helps with construction site safety

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According to OSHA, out of the 4,379 private industry worker deaths in 2015, 21% were in the construction industry. As construction companies focus on making operations safer and more efficient for all, many are turning to technology, like fleet tracking or Internet of Things (IoT), to maximize initiatives in areas like speed, driver behavior and maintenance.

Identify and correct for speed violations on-site

While construction sites are off-road, they must still adhere to job site speed limits. While on-site speeds are much lower than public roads or highways, violations can cause significant safety issues for construction workers and operators. Telematics or fleet tracking technology installed into vehicles or equipment notifies managers of violations in real-time, allowing them to alert the operators, and later, to coach them. Additionally, geofencing capabilities can be installed to draw a digital speed boundary, ensuring that operators meet all posted speed limits. 

Monitor and correct driver behavior

The standard on-road driver safety issues – harsh acceleration, breaking and cornering – also apply to off-road equipment. Owners want to know that equipment is being used safely, and that operators are taking the correct precautions when handling the machinery to keep themselves and the entire job site safe. 
Fleet tracking technology, or telematics, installed in vehicles allow owners to identify unsafe behaviors, grade operators based on performance and use the reports to correct behavior. Not only does technology help target the root cause of hazardous driving or equipment operation, but gives fleets an actionable, data-driven way to fix the behavior going forward and reducing wear and tear on equipment. 

Track and schedule vehicle and equipment maintenance services

Old, faulty or improperly repaired equipment poses a safety risk to both vehicle operators and other workers on a job site. Keeping track of maintenance not only contributes to better utilization and productivity on the site, but it is an important part of safety. Telematics or IoT technology can help managers and foremen keep track of historical maintenance records and stay on top of scheduling both preventative and future repairs, ensuring equipment is in tip-top shape and doesn’t malfunction unexpectedly, causing accidents on the job site. 

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Source: OSHA Commonly Used Statistics


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