If your construction business owns and operates equipment, then you know a key component of proper construction equipment management and overall business success involves the safe operation of equipment, and regulatory compliance.
All contractors have internal safety programs that they hold their teams accountable to and are likely using a combination of manual and one or more separate digital systems to manage their safety and compliance requirements.
However, these separate systems may not be the most efficient way to monitor safety long term.
Good news: Construction equipment management systems exist today that can centralize a contractor’s safety program with their equipment data so contractors have a single digital tool to manage their equipment’s operational and safety needs on a consolidated system.
What does this mean? Well, let’s break it down:
- An equipment management system combines tracking of all the assets that can part of a construction fleet (heavy yellow iron, mid-sized equipment, heavy trucks, fleet vehicles, small assets and tools, parts and attachments, consumables and materials, etc.), with software that allow users in different roles to see and use equipment data to make better operational decisions and effect change through insights and efficiencies
- Equipment management systems built for construction can leverage the equipment tracking data they receive from their tracking devices (a.k.a. hardware) to support safety and compliance needs on the same system as the rest of your asset data.
What types of safety features and functionalities should you look for?
Look for a system that supports safety efficiencies by letting project, safety and administrative personnel manage and monitor safety and compliance across your entire fleet. Specifically:
- Safety features and functionality include safety dashcam footage, driver scorecards, and equipment and vehicle inspections that sync with maintenance. A customized driver scorecard boosts a contractor’s safety program, especially when paired with a safety dashcam.
- Compliance is important for all contractors, and especially those with operations that require compliance with government regulations. Compliance features include Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), Interstate Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) functionality, and the ability to track, report and reduce violations to efficiently streamline and implement safety and compliance across your assets and your business.
Added bonus: A documented safety program captured in an equipment management system can help improve your safety and compliance, your risk management, and has the potential to reduce insurance premiums and expedite claims. Contact [email protected]