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Don’t Sacrifice Safety on the Alter of Financial Goals

By Sean Martell on November 28, 2017

A study published in Journal of Accounting and Economics came to a conclusion that won’t surprise many people in heavy-duty industries: When you try to meet or beat earning expectations or reach other lofty financial goals, employee safety can suffer. How can managers solve this three-dimensional chess game of being fiscally responsible while ensuring the highest standards of safety? With ever-increasing pressure on profitability, it can be a very tough nut to crack.

“If managers believe that the firm may miss expectations under the ordinary course of business,” the study reports, “they may increase employees’ workloads or pressure them to work faster. In response, employees can compromise safety by overexerting themselves or by circumventing safety procedures that slow the flow of work. Second, managers may cut explicit and implicit safety costs, such as the costs of maintaining equipment and training employees, in their attempts to report higher earnings.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Your Bottom Line, Best Practices, ROI, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture

Skid-Steer Loader Collision Avoidance

By Sean Martell on February 28, 2017

By design, skid-steer loaders make quick movements in all directions, turning every few seconds. Skilled operators become very efficient, making for quick work. The compactness and versatility has helped make the skid-steer loader a popular piece of equipment across numerous industries.

Due to their design, all skid-steer loaders (SSL) have large blind spots at rear corners created by lift arms and hydraulics. All of this makes the area behind these machines extremely hazardous on the worksite.

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Topics: PreView Sentry, blind spot safety, Skid-steer Loader, CONEXPO, Collision Avoidance

Proximity Detection Solutions for Concrete Mixers

By Sean Martell on January 11, 2017

Busy worksites include a dangerous mix of oversized trucks, service trucks, and people on the ground in constant motion trying to meet deadlines. With all of this activity, operators often focus on an immediate danger or maneuvering without realizing a new hazard has entered their blind zone.

The US Department of Labor has reported that 4,386 work fatalities were investigated in 2014, 20.5% of which were in construction-up 6 percent from 2013.  Being struck-by an object was one of the leading causes of these construction worker deaths.  According the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involved heavy equipment.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, World of Concrete, Active Safety, Proximity Detection, Cement Mixers

Heavy-Duty Equipment Requires Robust Safety Solutions

By Sean Martell on August 26, 2016

Every day heavy duty equipment goes through more extremes than the average automobile does in a lifetime. That’s why anything that goes onto a piece of heavy-duty equipment needs to be more rugged than the equipment fitted on automobiles. Engine bearings must be able to withstand fatigue resistance and have significant high torque load-carrying capacity. Tires are engineered for heavy loads, to maintain solid traction, and be resistant to punctures. Even heavy-duty equipment operators need to be hardy to keep up with the physical and mental demands of these strenuous and demanding jobs. It’s these factors that keep heavy-duty equipment moving and worksites productive.

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Topics: Active Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology, Heavy-Duty Safety

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PRECO Electronics is a global technology provider that improves safety for operators, worksites, and the public. The effectiveness of our patented object detection radar systems is unmatched in heavy duty vehicle industries.

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