How To Improve Fleet Safety To Keep Your HVAC Techs Safe
Posted on: November 9, 2015 | by: Will Housh
Vehicle collisions are the number one cause of workplace fatalities. Your HVAC technicians spend a great deal of time in their work vehicles; as an employer, priority needs to be placed on keeping them safe. One way to do so is to improve driver training and correct dangerous driving behaviors. Improving fleet safety will also minimize risk associated with accident insurance claims.
Fleet Tracking Solutions
Utilizing fleet tracking programs, business owners can analyze the driving behaviors of their employees when company vehicles are in use. Aggressive driving, distracted driving, and speeding put your drivers, your company’s assets, and others on the road at risk.
Using GPS fleet tracking solutions, business owners can detect if and when drivers are operating company vehicles in an unsafe manner. To improve driver safety, use this information to identify fleet members who could benefit from additional vehicle safety training.
HVAC companies using GPS fleet tracking solutions also report using driver data to reward safe driving through incentive programs. Rewarding positive behaviors helps business owners promote the importance of vehicle safety and gain employee buy-in for vehicle safety programs.
Improve Driver Training
The data gained through fleet tracking is a valuable resource for improving driver training. Risky driving behaviors and vehicle safety issues are made known through fleet tracking, allowing business owners to pinpoint areas where additional training would be beneficial to employees.
Consider offering driver education courses to new hires, as well as use them as a refresher for existing drivers. Training solutions may be offered by your fleet tracking service provider, offering your company easy access to educational programs.
With employees who are frequently working in the field, scheduling classroom-based driver training can prove difficult, especially during busy periods. It is critical to successful driver training that you choose educational solutions which are a good fit for your fleet. Self-paced online driver education programs can be utilized by each driver based around their field work schedule, and may be a better solution for your business versus pulling everyone out of the field for a day of training.
Driver Safety Programs & Policies
Vehicle collisions are costly to employers, with expenses totaling approximately $60 billion each year.
- On average, accidents cost business owners $16,500.
- Injuries to employees which result from on-the-job vehicle collisions cost employers $74,000.
- Fatalities involving company vehicles cost employers approximately $500,000.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends that companies implement driver safety programs to both reduce risks to drivers as well as to safeguard the company’s resources, both financial and human. Driver safety programs also work to protect the company against liability by reducing vehicle collision risks.
OSHA recommends companies put their driving policies in writing. Companies should develop clear, all-inclusive policies regarding traffic and vehicle safety. Topics which should be addressed within your business’s driving policies should be seat belt usage, drug and alcohol use, as well as technology use while driving. Develop a disciplinary action system to assist your company in handling vehicle safety violations, traffic citations, and preventable collisions.
Every employee should be given a copy of these policies. Institute driver contracts to establish an agreement between company and employee that these policies are understood by the employee and that the employee agrees to follow company policy at all times or bear disciplinary action.
More tips for developing strong driver safety programs can be found at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/motor_vehicle_guide.html.
Has your HVAC company implemented fleet tracking? Do you offer drivers any vehicle safety training? We’d like to hear about what’s working for you — leave us a comment below.