How Musselman & Hall used telematics data to confront liability concerns
by Willy Schlacks
November 28, 2017

site is notorious for being dangerous, even for the most skilled workers. In fact, there are roughly 150,000 injuries on the jobsite per year, and 1 in 5 worker deaths are in the construction industry. But with proper safety measures and the help of telematics, fleet managers can improve overall safety on the jobsite.

By utilizing telematics, fleet managers can identify and eliminate risky behaviors that put workers in danger. And ultimately, these tech initiatives can result in reduced liability and lower insurance rates for your company. For example, by receiving real-time location mapping and speeding and aggressive driving alerts, Musselman & Hall has been able to identify which workers exhibit poor driving behavior.

From there, the manager can outline steps for improvement, or reprimand accordingly if it is a continuous problem. This capability has not only helped mitigate risk, but has also protected drivers and operators from false claims and preserved the company’s brand image.

Telematics also opens up the possibility of automating workers’ risk profiles. Owners can set a knowledge baseline for an entire fleet and define parameters for how to score operator behavior. This can be applied to a variety of factors, including speeding, idling or braking speed. With telematics, construction managers can see when activities deviate from the baseline.

This also helps for keeping workers accountable. Operators are incentivized to use equipment more safely when they know their managers are monitoring their driving habits. This could drive down the accident rate on the jobsite, and, in turn, insurance costs.

With the ability to better manage equipment, identify problem behavior and prevent theft, contractors can use telematics to their advantage, especially when it comes to reducing insurance rates. Since about 75 percent of fleet managers said saving money on commercial auto insurance was extremely important to them, it may be an investment worth making. Telematics creates a better system for equipment management, as well as fleet security, saving on costs down the road.