An investment in safety technology is an investment worth making. Finding the right solutions that fit your company’s specific needs is key to ensuring a return on your investment. If your team returns home each day safe and sound, and your fleet lasts its intended lifespan without significant collision damage, you’ve made a sound investment with a high return in safety technology.
Often, when you find the right safety solutions, your technology supplier will work with you to help create your safety product specs—an invaluable service that further cements that you’ve made the right investment. You can confidently rely on these specs to keep your safety systems updated and in working order.
But what happens when a company relies on the same specs for too long? When is it time to move on from an older tried-and-true system to one that offers the latest features and could provide more safety?
Let’s use the cell phone as an example. Remember the flip phone? Remember how exciting this new technology was and how this small convenient device made calling and texting easier than ever? What if cell phone technology never changed and we still had the flip phone today? Technology has changed, from the great little flip phone we once used to what we now call the smartphone. With the smartphone, we have a home office in our pocket that makes everyday life easier than ever.
Like the cell phone, safety technology is ever-evolving to provide a more complete solution, and it’s very easy to fall into the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality. It’s important to remember that a lot can happen in a few years’ time and it’s a good idea to take a look at factors within—and outside of—your control that might affect worksite safety.
For instance, today’s highways and city streets are more congested than ever, with an increased mix of medium and heavy-duty trucks interacting with automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians. Safety technology that once covered your bases for collision avoidance might not be as sufficient as newer collision avoidance technologies are that are designed specifically for heavier congestion.
Distracted driving (and walking) is a real thing—and it’s been on the rise for the past several years. Newer safety technologies address this concern with advanced integration capabilities that can counteract an operator’s distractions and increase their situational awareness—features that might not be in older safety systems.
Some of these newer collision mitigation technologies include antilock braking systems, stability control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning devices, interior cameras, rear view cameras, and side monitor cameras and sensors.
Even if your work environment, fleet and workforce haven’t changed much since your safety technology specs were first created, the world is changing around you. The goal is to make sure your safety protocol still covers all necessary ground; your employees, customers and bystanders are free from harm; and your ROI from collision avoidance technologies is high.
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