How To Help Drive Safety Across Your Fleet On The Mining Field
Insight by Jim McKinlay, General Manager APAC, Verizon Connect
Promoting safer driving by maintaining visibility into driver behaviour needs to be top priority for fleet managers especially in the mining industry, which has been identified as one of the top 10 most dangerous workplaces in Australia. This is largely due to the fact that mining workers are exposed to volatile conditions, whether they’re behind the wheel of a heavy vehicle on a remote job site, unstable landscape or travelling on a long journey without cellular coverage, but there are a few things fleet managers can do to help drive safety within their companies.
Encourage driver safety
Mining workers face hazards on the job, but fleet managers can put steps in place to help minimise danger. Visibility into what’s happening in the field, no matter how remote or rugged the terrain, is important in helping minimize the danger. With fleet tracking technology, companies can set up alerts and receive notifications when workers enter dangerous areas. If drivers find themselves in a risky situation, they can use the panic button to send an alert back to base. Not only is a driver able to alert the head office of their precise location, they can put help on the way almost instantly in the event of an emergency.
The vast majority of drivers don’t set out to put other road users or company vehicles at risk, but driving through remote job sites can often prompt unsafe driving behaviours. With a connected vehicle solution, fleet managers can effectively manage unsafe driving behaviour by tracking how individual drivers are behaving on the road. With this information easily accessible, they are able to implement new safety targets such as a 10 percent reduction in excessive speeding.
Stay on top of vehicle maintenance
Providing well maintained vehicles sets the standard for safety and efficiency across mining in Australia. Failure to keep up-to-date on maintenance can put businesses at risk, increasing the chances of breakdowns and mechanical issues, and potentially putting drivers in dangerous situations on the road or mining field.
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 identifies a vehicle as a place of work, so mining organisations must ensure vehicles are fit for use at all times. The vehicle needs to be in good condition and up-to-date on maintenance in order to help keep drivers safe and productive. A vehicle tracking system uses data on time, engine use and mileage, to provide scheduling alerts, which can help fleet managers stay on top of preventive maintenance and help reduce the risk of vehicle faults.
Cost effective safety solutions
Cost concerns about implementing safety measures like the above are common, but the good news is that implementing technology like Verizon Connect’s to your fleet management practices can provide a positive return on investment within a few short months. Reduced fuel costs, fewer out-of-route kilometers and accidents and more efficient maintenance are all potential results and can quickly add up to significant cost savings for your company.
By implementing vehicle tracking solutions to help sharpen the focus on safety, fleet-based businesses in the mining industry can be one step closer to promoting safer and more efficient driving.