Case Study

Mitigating Warehouse injuries and Increasing Productivity

Warehouse industry leaders agree that cost caused by on-the-job accidents far outweigh the costs of software that prevents it. 

As more companies are selling online and more warehouses are acting as go-betweens most of the industry leaders agree that safety is one of their top priorities when planning employee productivity. The more money that can be invested into safety, the more likely that it will be saved later. The costs associated with accidents in warehouses caused by misconduct and distraction range in the billions of dollars. This is a result of the damage to property and equipment. Driving a forklift into a shelving unit or a semi off a cliff usually have a common theme, being distracted.  

Many warehouse workers are under consistent stress resulting from long hours and the labour-intensive work they do. The temptation of being distracted while they work is tempting at the very least. Usually with an electronic device such as a cell phone, tablet or laptop. These distractions can range from checking messages to watching YouTube videos. The results of which have catastrophic consequences for the safety of workers. Not only that but also productivity is heavily impacted. The best way to mitigate it is to introduce employees to safety software.  

While working warehouse employees need to focus on the task at hand otherwise, they could impart the bottom line of the company. They also put themselves in danger when not focusing on the job. Last year alone the number of work-related injuries were staggering and the lawsuits that preceded them set an industry standard for software that is concerned with employee safety.  In 2019 a lawsuit was settled for over 19 million dollars after an employee was injured on the job. This kind of negligence can be mitigated by utilizing software that keeps people off their devices and on their work.   

More and more companies are making the choice to move towards using programs that reduce the chances of injury. For us we recommend using Blank-it for warehouse employees. 

A software that keeps people off their cell-phones, laptops and tablets and on their work. Making sure that they do not endanger themselves or others while also keeping themselves productive. The technology is simple for anyone to use. When someone uses an application that is not part of their work function or if they are driving the screen blanks out, hence the name.   

No matter what area of the industry you are in it’s above all important to remain safe while you do your job. Industry leaders agree that the most important assets that they have are the workers that make everything work like a well-oiled machine. 

When accidents that happen in the workplace it effects people’s morale and productivity not to mention the company’s litigations and increased insurance premiums. 

Fleet safety and management

  “More than ten of us are killed and 1,000 are injured every day in the U.S. as a result of distracted driving.” Huffington Post. Display management for in-vehicle computers. Nobody can deny that vehicles have improved productivity so long as they’re not taking attention away from the road. Most importantly large organisations are focusing […]

Blank-it Featured on Xplore Technologies Blog

Xplore Technologies talk about the Blank-it distracted driving solution on their “Rugged XPlore Blog”.Xplore Technologies logo

In the article, Bob Ashenbrenner discusses the various in-vehicle distractions that drivers are subjected to and the responsibilities that employers have to keep their workforce safe on the road.

As Bob says:

So what if I told you that devices could actually eliminate our distraction from devices? Seems ironic, sure. But the fact is that your field service workers spend a majority of their time on the road in your service vehicle. They have tablets or other devices mounted practically in front of their face and it’s human nature to want to look at what’s on that screen. You have a responsibility to keep them safe on your watch, so why not fight fire with better fire and install a “Blank-it” type software coupled with motion-detecting vehicle docks on all your devices that absolutely shouldn’t be in use while driving? That protects them, you and everyone else on the road from the consequences of distracted driving.

Bob also refers to an earlier article from Motion Computing, a PDF version of which can be viewed here – Taking Aim Against Distracted Driving.

See the XPlore Blog article here

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Distracted driver

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it is designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OHS requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).
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A Distracted Driving Crash Investigation

We thought this was an interesting video to post. It follows the progress of a U.K.Police investigation into the cause of a horrific accident which involved in-cab distraction.

The video begins with a view and description of the crash scene, and shows the awful damage caused to one of the vehicles involved.

It then goes on to trace the Police investigation as it became clear that distraction caused by using a mobile device was a major factor in the crash.

This is just one example of these distraction-related crashes, but it gives a good insight into the investigation process and also the sometimes tragic consequences of driver distraction.

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

 

Motion Computing – Tips to Transform your Fleet Vehicles

One of our Solution Partners, Motion Computing, have put together a useful article on their blog entitled “3 Tips to Transform your Fleet Vehicles from Functional to Phenomenal”.Motion Computing logo

The piece introduces three steps to help any organisation with a mobile workforce ensure that their fleet vehicles can operate as safe and productive “mobile offices”. The article makes specific mention of how Blank-it is a vital part of any effective and safe fleet solution.

Take a few minutes to read the article here: http://www.motioncomputing.com/us/blog/post/3-tips-to-transform-your-fleet-vehicles-from-functional-to-phenomenal

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At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).
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Are Your Mobile Workers Safe?

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

While the Blank-it solution is aimed at managing the use of vehicle-mounted computers, we are also well aware of the distraction dangers posed by the use of mobile phones.

Dangers

Research suggests that both the physical and cognitive distraction caused by using mobile phones while driving can significantly impair a driver’s visual search patterns, reaction times, decision-making processes and their ability to maintain speed, throttle control and lateral position on the road.*

Blank-it & Fleetsafer

Blank-it has teamed up with Aegis Mobility to provide your workers with the ultimate safety tool for preventing mobile phone driver distraction.

Introducing Fleetsafer® – software for smartphones and tablets that detects driving state and automatically puts the device in “safe mode” while driving. In safe mode a “curtain” blocks access to the keyboard and screen. All notifications and alerts are silenced – including incoming calls, texts and emails.

When the device detects that it is stationary full functionality is returned to the user.

Find out more about this comprehensive and vital software for the safety of your enterprise workers.

*Monash University Accident Research Center – Report #206 – 2003
Authors: K. Young, M. Regan & M. Hammer

Blank-IT Implemented at NRMA

We are pleased to announce a major new sale for the Blank-IT in-vehicle display management solution.

Boasting over 2.2 million Members in NSW and the ACT, NRMA Motoring & Services is one of the largest member-owned mutual organisations in Australia.

As well as their renowned roadside assistance services, the NRMA lobbies for better roads, green motoring and driver safety initiatives.

The NRMA has provided a dedicated roadside assistance service to motorists for more than 90 years and has a large fleet of patrol and roadside assistance vehicles in NSW and ACT on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With such a large fleet of vehicles out on the road, employee safety is of primary importance to the NRMA.

Blank-IT helps to maximise driver safety – by ensuring that drivers can conform with distracted driving legislation and OH&S guidelines while still allowing them to perform their work effectively.

The NRMA is initially installing 50 Blank-IT units into their fleet vehicles.

Blank-IT’s motion-sensor technology overcomes the issues and failings associated with GPS – providing a consistent, reliable and accurate means of detecting vehicle motion in a totally independent manner, without reliance on third-party input.