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. 

Blank-it Featured in “Business News” Article

Business News has published an article on Blank-it‘s continued growth into the U.S. fleet market and the growing emphasis on its use in Warehousing type environments.

Philip Little, founding director of the company, describes the increased awareness of Driver Distraction issues in the United States and the subsequent interest in the innovative solution offered by Blank-it.

The article also covers the increasing use of Blank-it in work-site environments such as warehousing and mine sites. Blank-it is the ideal computer management solution for forklift operators and the forthcoming Next Generation model will provide even more flexible and robust solutions for warehouse and road fleets of all sizes.

View a PDF version of the article here:  Blank-it Business News Article

Original article (registration required): http://www.businessnews.com.au/article/Safety-in-motion

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 Safety in Motion

 

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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Watching a Movie on Your Laptop – While Driving

Here’s a pretty good example of computer related driving distraction.

News.com.au reports that a Melbourne driver was photographed watching a video on his tablet computer while driving at night, and was observed swerving across lanes while doing so.

Road Policing Command Inspector Simon Humphrey said most would realise that this was “dangerous and stupid behaviour”. If it’s convenient to use this type of the equipment on the road then do offenders also think it’s convenient for their family to be told they’ve killed someone else or themselves?

This just reinforces the point we have been making that legislation and “voluntary” solutions are not sufficient.

See article here: http://www.news.com.au/national/man-snapped-watching-a-movie-while-driving-was-drifting-in-and-out-of-lanes/story-e6frfkp9-1226922671528

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.

 

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