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Check Your Radar

By Sean Martell on August 27, 2018

The occurrence of accidents happening with equipment whose radar based object detection systems have been disabled are on the rise. Though many workers and operators feel they can rely on passive equipment like camera/monitor combos and mirrors to guide them on a worksite active systems, like PRECO’s PreView® Radar technology, is the only viable way for an operator to be truly aware of their surroundings.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Heavy-Duty Safety, Safety Awareness, Driver Training, Safety Culture

Successful Elsewhere, Side-Guard Ordinances Come to the U.S.

By David Hofacker on August 2, 2018

 Anytime large vehicles occupy the same space as pedestrians and bicyclists, bad things can happen. When a fatality occurs, it is usually because an individual falls into the exposed space along the sides of high-clearance trucks and get crushed beneath the rear wheels. On construction and mining sites, companies are able to limit the interactions between people and trucks. On the average road or city street, though, such control is virtually impossible. The combination of truck blind spots and distracted driving, walking, and even bicycling is a recipe for disaster. For decades, many countries have had ordinances in place that require large vehicles to be equipped with side guards covering this open space along the sides of vehicles. Only in the last few years have these ordinances started to appear in cities across the U.S., but there is growing momentum.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Best Practices, Trucking Safety, vision zero,

The Formula for Creating a Culture of Safety

By Ed Renna on July 23, 2018

With deadlines to meet, customers to please, and budgets that can often be tight at best, safety can easily take a back seat to cheaper, faster short-cuts. Anyone who has ever dealt with the aftermath of an on-the-job accident or fatality will be the first to attest that not only should safety be in the front seat, it should be the driver.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture, Leadership, Employee Engagement

Street Sweeper Safety

By Aaron Benick on February 22, 2018

Following a recent tradeshow, conversations revolved around street sweepers and the hazards that come with them. In an effort to highlight the safety issues that are associated with this common piece of equipment, we wanted to take a moment to draw attention to the safety solutions that are available.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Side Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Safety Awareness

The Three E’s of Spending on Safety

By Ed Renna on January 31, 2018

Safety is expensive. Without it, a single accident could be enough to bring down an entire company. Properly enforced, it comes with recurring costs for training, equipment, and extending time on the job to make sure it’s done the right way without cutting corners. Either way, money will be spent. This begs the question: when does it make the most sense to spend money on safety?

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Topics: Safety Technology, Proactive Safety, Safety Culture

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

PRECO Electronics Wins 2017 Commercialized Innovation of the Year Award

By Tamara Humpherys on October 31, 2017

PRECO’s PreView Sentry™ Plus received the 2017 Commercialized Innovation of the Year Award, a category of the Idaho Innovation Awards. These awards recognize innovations, innovative professionals and companies for their groundbreaking accomplishments.  As this year’s award recipient, PRECO’s PreView Sentry Plus was selected for the intelligent technology that combines heavy-duty collision avoidance technology with an integrated radar and camera monitor system.

PRECO’s team is committed to making worksites and roadways safer for operators of heavy-duty equipment and those around them. This award recognizes that unwavering commitment. We are seeing unprecedented growth around the globe. The adoption of PRECO’s intelligent safety solutions saves lives, allows operators to become more efficient, and saves money for our customers and partners.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, PreView Sentry, Commercialized Innovation Award

Safety Initiatives: NTSB's “Most Wanted List”

By Dale Hessing on February 8, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a new two-year “Most Wanted” wish list for 2017-18 that puts distractions and tired driving at the top of ten pressing safety issues to improve.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that the list's new two-year cycle will “help to focus our advocacy efforts on sustained progress. We will take stock at the one-year mark, note what progress has been made, and decide what additional improvements are needed.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving, Side Collision Mitigation

Collision Avoidance and the Quest for Safety in 2017

By Matt Wood on January 17, 2017

There is a safety arms race in progress. Advances in collision mitigation technology are being undermined by advances in personal technology that distract heavy-duty operators and people on the ground from noticing potentially dangerous situations.

Who knows what will happen in 2017, but we are hopeful that by the end of the year we will be closer to the time when man and machine are able to ensure every worker makes it home safely. When they do, we might be able to put a stop to—or at least slow down—the safety arms race.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety

PRECO Congratulates the 2016 Safety in Motion Nominees and Finalists

By Tamara Humpherys on January 13, 2017

PRECO is honored to announce the finalists and top nominees for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award. This year’s nominees are an esteemed group of individuals who continually strive to increase safety for their fleets and the public. They represent some of the most respected professionals in heavy-duty industries. The awardee will be announced at the upcoming 2017 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, January 17-20.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety in Motion Award

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