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Got Time for Vehicle Maintenance? Then You’ve Got Time to Add Safety Technology

By Matt Wood on August 10, 2018

Many fleet managers like the idea of upgrading the safety technology on their fleet. The problem is they feel there is no time to install new technology. Few managers have the luxury of pulling a truck out of service to retrofit it with new gear. If you’re a big shop with a 24/7 garage, it’s less of a problem, but if you’re running an 8-hour garage schedule, it’s hard to fit in any non-essential work. With some foresight and planning though, many fleet managers may find that there is actually ample time to make these upgrades.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Preco Electronics, Best Practices

Moving Safety Forward Since 1947

By Matt Wood on January 5, 2018

A Brief History

Founded in 1947, PRECO Electronics has become a worldwide leader in heavy-duty safety innovation. PRECO patented the world’s first electronic backup alarm as a result of watching utility employees on dam sites. Ed Peterson, PRECO’s founder, noticed that accidents were frequently happening while heavy equipment was operating in reverse. The flaggers used at the time weren’t safe because the equipment blind spots were too massive.

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Topics: Heavy-Duty Safety, Leadership, Preco Electronics, Safety Innovation

The Secret Weapon in Creating a Safety-Driven Culture

By Matt Wood on October 3, 2017

On-the-job injuries and fatalities are rarely caused by workplace conditions alone. Rather, the vast majority of accidents happen as a result of unsafe work behaviors, usually due to complacency and workers just “going through the motions.” The good news is, behaviors can change. Molding those behaviors to follow the belief that safety is a value not a priority (priorities can shift, after all) is an essential component to cultivating a safety-driven culture.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Leadership, Employee Engagement

When the Economy Ebbs, Keep Safety (and ROI) Flowing

By Matt Wood on February 15, 2017

If we think of the economy like the tide, we know that for every flow there is an ebb. Although we can’t predict the size or timing of each ebb and flow, we are better prepared to weather financial ups and downs when we anticipate both and plan accordingly.

When the economy tightens, we might live without some personal luxuries. Maybe we give up dining out, have staycations instead of vacations, and rent movies instead of going to the theater. We might shop for lower-cost services that still provide the necessities to get our must-dos done right. In business, some companies might even go through hiring freezes or discontinue low-selling products or services. Pulling back on expenditures makes sense (and dollars and cents) when the economy ebbs. Except, that is, when it comes to safety.

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Topics: Safety Technology, ROI, 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: Collision Mitigation, Proactive Safety, Active Safety

Mammoth Mining Equipment Needs Advanced Safety Technology

By Matt Wood on September 9, 2016

Since mining companies gain efficiency by moving more tonnage with fewer but larger vehicles, the trend leads toward ever-larger dozers, trucks, draglines and shovels. But the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind zones around them; and these blind zones can lead to potentially catastrophic accidents.

Larger Vehicles Can Mean More Danger

The blind zones around mining equipment can be huge: Sean Martell, PRECO’s mining and construction sales manager, says that when operating large haul trucks, drivers can lose visibility to a hazard when the person or object is as far away as 150 feet from the rear of these massive machines. That’s half a football field.

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Topics: Mining Safety, Safety Technology, Blind Zones, Heavy-Duty Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology

Putting More Might into the Military with Autonomous Vehicles

By Matt Wood on July 13, 2016

In the most heavy-duty industry of them all—the military—saving lives reigns supreme and the US Army is  currently working on integrating existing advanced technologies in order to enhance the safety of the modern soldier.

Improving military fleet capabilities is an ongoing operational priority for the U.S. Army. To protect soldiers and maximize their impact, the Army is making progressive strides toward the introduction of autonomous systems in tactical vehicles in an effort to remove the risk faced by soldiers in extremely hazardous and volatile missions.

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Topics: Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Technology, Radar Technology, Military Safety Technology

New Trucking Industry Technology Increases Safety, ROI

By Matt Wood on May 11, 2016

Safety measures in the trucking industry mean more than common sense. With a definitive return on investment, they make business sense too. Preventing an accident saves on repair costs, insurance premium increases, legal bills, and a full ledger of other expenses. 

Technology is changing the trucking scene—and what it’s like to safely navigate the working life on the road—in both big and small ways. Let’s examine a few new developments up close, and then calculate how they could save you. 

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Telematics

2015 Safety in Motion Award Recipient

By Matt Wood on March 31, 2016

PRECO Electronics is excited to announce Kim Hodges, Fleet Manager at Montana-Dakota Utilities, is the recipient of our 2015 Safety in Motion Award.  Mr. Hodges, a 20-year veteran of the Montana-Dakota Utilities, is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the utility's fleet that spans eight Northern and Pacific Northwest states.  

PRECO’s Safety in Motion is an annual award that recognizes an individual who demonstrates the highest initiative, imagination and involvement within the safety industry. 

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Utility 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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