Construction companies are constantly working to reduce risk.
If your crews spend their workday on busy construction sites and driving heavy equipment, these risks multiply. That’s why it’s vital to keep your drivers focused and your managers aware of what’s going on behind the wheel.
NexTraq®—a MICHELIN® group company—developed its safety awareness and inspection tools to make a big impact on protecting your company, your vehicles, and—most importantly—your employees. These four risk-reducing tools enable you to:
Know where your fleet is and where it’s going with GPS tracking
Improve your drivers’ focus with corrective in-vehicle buzzers
Help keep your vehicles on the road with simplified inspections
Protect your brand and enhance driver accountability with dashcams
With several customers in the construction industry throughout North America, NexTraq is uniquely positioned to help encourage safe practices. Here’s how we use our safety awareness and inspection tools to reduce risk and improve driver safety.
Stay On-Time and On-Budget
Construction companies know the importance of maintaining efficient, safe, and productive workflows. Fleet management can empower your teams to get more done by instantly locating the assets they need, when they need it.
“We were having issues trying to locate our vehicles in an efficient manner. Now, I can quickly pull up their locations and stay on top of jobs,” explained Linsey Arbogast, fleet operations manager for American Leak Detection of Fresno.
Stop Unauthorized Equipment Use
It’s vital to protect valuable construction equipment. NexTraq can help with automated alerts that notify you when equipment is moved, when equipment is being used, and if an asset leaves a job site.
Fine Painting and Allied Services needed a way to monitor its vehicles and gain insight into driver productivity for its Pacific Northwest operations. Using the reporting functionality within the NexTraq fleet management platform, the company was able to pinpoint a small percentage of its drivers who were leaving job sites, speeding, idling and taking two-hour lunch breaks.
“I have a great team here, but sometimes we get bad eggs. With NexTraq, I was able to easily identify employee indiscretions and quickly address the problem,” said Raymond Clevenger, executive manager of Fine Painting and Allied Services.
Keep Your Vehicles Ready to Go
A well-maintained vehicle is a safer vehicle. That’s why NexTraq simplifies daily vehicle inspections—for drivers and managers.
Drivers use the NexTraq Vehicle Inspection app on their smartphones and tablets to fill out a checklist on the NexTraq® Connect app. That information is used to repair vehicles as needed. It’s the fastest, easiest, and most accurate way to help keep your vehicles ready for driving.
Trucking company CF Logistics uses NexTraq Vehicle Inspection to ensure all safety checks are performed before drivers hit the road. Plus, because trucks have industry-specific equipment on board, the company customized its NexTraq driver vehicle inspection reports to make sure drivers could document everything.
“The ability to design and customize my own inspection reports was vital,” said Ed Reardon, CF Logistics general manager. “It’s so easy to do with NexTraq. Everything is a checklist or a drop-down menu. It makes the driver’s life easier, and therefore my life easier. Because I know when something is missing or damaged, they’re reporting it.”
Help Make Your Drivers Better—And Protect Your Business
You can’t be with every driver on every route, but you can see what’s going on with NexTraq® Dashcam. With driver- and road-facing cameras in your vehicles, you’ll see what your drivers saw and how they responded during an incident. It’s like being in the passenger seat of every vehicle in your fleet.
CF Logistics also recently installed NexTraq Dashcam to improve fleet safety and protect the company from false accident claims.
“NexTraq Dashcam captures everything that happens, 24/7,” Ed said. “Recently, we were able to verify an accident where the cause of the incident wasn’t clear. It helps when we submit accident reports to the insurance company. When they say a picture is worth 1,000 words, they’re not kidding.”
Keep Your Crews on The Right Path
With NexTraq in-vehicle buzzers, your drivers will hear an alert when they accelerate too harshly, brake too hard, or take corners too aggressively. This tool can help your drivers focus on getting to their destination safely.
With the ability to monitor his fleet’s activities, Kerry Taylor, president of Millersburg Electric in Ohio, found that the level of accountability increased. “I already have a loyal workforce but having the ability to monitor their activity has encouraged them to maintain their loyalty and more importantly, their efficiency,” he said.
Reduce Risk, Increase Competitiveness
Together, these safety awareness and inspection tools add up to safer workdays, improved uptime and increased profitability. And that can help companies improve their competitiveness, like 123NET in Michigan, which prides itself on its response time to customers experiencing fiber or network issues.
“We’re competing against industry titans with big budgets,” explained Chuck Irvin, 123NET’s director of network development. “We’re the guerrilla forces against the established army. We must be smarter to beat them. NexTraq enables us to compete against much larger companies and do battle with them.”
NexTraq, a Michelin group company, is a part of Michelin’s Global Services and Solutions business line. A key part of Michelin’s international telematics offerings, the company serves thousands of customers covering hundreds of thousands of vehicles and mobile assets throughout Canada and the United States. From tracking and reporting to routing and scheduling, NexTraq is more than just a provider of vehicle and asset tracking solutions. The company is a valued GPS fleet and mobile workforce management partner for its customers. Founded in the year 2000 and headquartered in Atlanta, NexTraq’s history of ongoing design innovation and industry-firsts matches perfectly with Michelin’s vision: “A better way forward.”