MyMobileWorkers | What’s the biggest compliance challenge for highways managers?
Making sure equipment is safe was the number one answer given when highways managers were asked to name their main compliance challenge.
This was one of the key findings in the ‘Driving Change’ report which surveyed highways businesses across the UK on the relationship between technology and safety.
Just under half (44%) of those questioned saw management and monitoring equipment checks as being the main day-to-day compliance issue they faced.
And when asked to name one measure that could help to reduce the risks for highways work, more than three quarters (77%) said more effective vehicle checks.
Why are checks so problematic?
The research helped to shed some light on why the management of compliance checks is proving to be so problematic. While most businesses (75%) use some digital processes, just under half (44%) have adopted a fully paperless process.
One of the common areas where traditional paper documentation and admin is found is with plant and vehicle checks. It means workers still having to fill out paper forms and return sheets for manual processing by managers and admin workers.
It creates a slow, ineffective and unavoidably reactive approach. The larger and more complex a highways operation is, the more of an administrative burden this can become, with significant risk implications.
A smarter approach to compliance
It’s a challenge that highways businesses are starting to solve via digital technology. Our research found that companies using software processes had a 27% improvement in safety performance when compared to those using traditional approaches.
Real-time data handling and cloud-based management are transforming the way that plant and vehicles can be monitored and checked. MyMobileWorkers integrates a range of tools to empower highways managers and workers. These include:
The system allows company assets to be allocated a barcode ID which can be scanned to provide any kind of linked information, including safety protocols, checks and maintenance histories.
It can be set-up so that real-time checks and approvals are required before a piece of equipment is used. If a test fails or safety process is not followed, a manager or supervisor can be instantly alerted.
All of the information from assets is automatically tracked and stored, allowing rigorous maintenance and safety checks to be centrally managed.
A digital approach allows vehicle checks to become a simple and integrated part of a highways operation. Instead of filling a form or spreadsheet, the worker can quickly complete the process with their handheld device.
Real-time management allows alerts to be triggered if checks are not properly completed, licences have expired or any safety issues are raised. With all of the data automatically stored, it creates a comprehensive audit trail and maintenance history for each vehicle within a fleet.
The ability to track how well checks are performed provides a powerful compliance tool for highways managers. MyMobileWorkers has an integrated rating system to score the quality of a job, including adherence to compliance protocols.
If information from required compliance checks is missing, incomplete or unclear, this will be reflected with a lower safety rating. Tracked over time, this allows any weaknesses or risks within a workforce to be identified and tackled.
It’s a proactive approach that allows issues to be addressed before they become potential accidents and injuries. It’s the kind of approach that’s simply not possible with a traditional paper-based checking process.
MyMobileWorkers: Fast track to efficiency
MyMobileWorkers has been helping highways companies to harness the benefits of a digital and automated approach for the past decade. The system provides a powerful suite of tools to handle every aspect of highways management, from real-time tracking and scheduling to asset management and vehicle checks.