MyMobileWorkers | The impact of technology on highways safety performance
How well are highways businesses adapting to digital change?
This was the focus of the Driving Change report which surveyed managers in the highways industry across the UK to gain a better insight into the current state of play.
The results were encouraging, showing an industry that’s learning to harness the benefits of digital, using real-time data and automated processes to improve safety and efficiency.
While it’s a positive start, the study also highlights how many businesses remain reliant on traditional ways of working with paper-based and manual administration processes.
Here’s a look at the key findings:
The scale of digital adoption
The research found that while most businesses (75%) now use digital processes for some areas of their highways operations, less than half (44%) have a fully paperless process.
Spreadsheets are still used by more than a quarter (27%) of businesses and just under one-in-ten (8%) still rely on paper-based administration processes.
How is software being used?
The most common use for software (75%) is to maintain and enforce job processes. This was followed by the collection of data (71%) and the tracking of job progress (65%).
These kinds of tasks can be handled by several different apps and cloud-based services or they can be managed using a single integrated management solution such as MyMobileWorkers.
What’s the impact on safety?
It was found that two thirds (67%) of businesses using software processes had reported either reduced or zero accidents during the previous 12 months.
For companies who were using traditional methods, safety performance was found to be considerably lower (54%); an improvement of more than a quarter for the digital approach.
How to improve safety rates?
When asked about how safety could be improved within the highways sector, the top answer (77%) was improved vehicle inspections. This was followed by better training (67%) and improvements to road surfaces (64%).
This links to technology because of the ways that digital tools are transforming the way that compliance protocols, such as daily vehicle checks, can be monitored and enforced.
How can technology improve compliance?
The main benefit of a digital process is the ability to make safety management proactive rather than reactive. This is made possible by the use of cloud-based processes with remote work operations being tracked and monitored in real-time.
A practical example of this can be seen with the management and monitoring of vehicle checks.
Traditionally, these have involved paper forms being filled with paperwork returned to a depot or office to be manually checked and processed by managers and admin workers, often days after the checks are done.
It’s a slow and unwieldy process with any issues raised being dealt with retrospectively. With a cloud-based system, such as MyMobileWorkers, the checks are actively integrated into the workflow.
Benefits of a digital process
The worker completes the vehicle checks using a handheld device or smartphone with the information automatically logged and made instantly accessible to line managers or team leaders. If issues are found, they are known about straight away.
If checks are not done or information is incomplete, the system can prevent the worker from progressing with their day’s tasks until the issue has been satisfactorily resolved. It allows issues to be dealt with before they become safety problems.
As well as improving compliance, this kind of automated process cuts the administrative time and resources that are normally required to manually process paper documents of submitted spreadsheets.
MyMobileWorkers: Fast track to efficiency
They have been helping highways companies to harness the benefits of a digital and automated approach for the past decade. The system offers a powerful suite of tools that handle every aspect of highways management, from planning resource and vehicle management to invoicing and quality control.