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 cloud based management

Blank-it Portal Cloud Management

Fleet analytics and cloud based manage for in-vehicle computers.

A distracted driving solution that offers real-time telematics.

Blank-it is now so much more than a screen blanking solution. our new cloud-based analytics service that leverages telematics and IoT (internet of things) to provide greater insights into the operations of a company’s mobile workforce.

Motion sensors plus GPS enables a unique set of data that can be analysed to create valuable graphical reports.  The portal securely captures data. Data analytics can offer operational reports such as speed & location, erratic or ‘heavy handed’ driving, number of stops and geo-fencing. The Blank-it screen blanking solution offers drivers the safety they deserve while driving and the portal gives managers peace of mind.

Blank-it’s fleet tracking software puts you right alongside your drivers, ensuring you are firmly in control of the company’s fleet.

Fleet analytics

Blank-it Portal showing a 2 hour journey

GPS fleet management and tracking system is a key component in today’s fleet management business. The Blank-it Portal gives complete control over your fleet. No matter how many vehicles you have or how widely spread they are, the robust, state-of-the-art system will help reduce costs and boost productivity.

“We tested the GPS functionality and were very impressed. Setup was easy and the response was excellent. “

BNSF Railway

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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 […]

WSI Inc – Client Testimonial

Fleet analytics and cloud based managment

Working with people that understand the value of safety and have a sense of responsibility makes life a lot easier.  Blank-it has spent many years developing a product that is easy to install across large fleets with the soul purpose to ensure drivers keep theirs eyes on the road and not on the computer while they are driving.

The Blank-it Portal, released 2 years ago, provides fleet analytics this means all fleet managers have an overview of license activation, speed & location, GPS strength and can manage which programs the drivers can and cant use while driving.

Blank-it is an award winning safety solution that protects over 300 organisations world wide including Police, warehousing, road side assist, motor manufactures, rail and many many more.

 “Version 5 is very close to perfect.  Engine starting and running has no effect. The screen blanks the instant the truck is moved and stays off while even driving slowly.”

Supply Chain Solutions are Protected by Blank-it

Supply Chain Solutions use Blank-it to ensure their fleets are protected from the risks associated with distracted driving.

Steve Anderson, Fleet Maintenance Manager,WSI

Read more about the improvements in Blank-it Version 5 & Blank-it Portal.

SAICA latest to realise safety benefits of Blank-it

We are pleased to announce that another large-fleet company has recognised the benefits of Blank-it in the fight against driver/operator distraction.SAICA | Blank IT

SAICA Pack, part of the SAICA international group, have purchased over 300 Blank-it units for use in their fleets of fork-lift vehicles servicing SAICA Pack warehouse and distribution facilities across the UK & Europe.

We would like to thank SAICA for their pro-active approach to workplace safety.

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

Blank-it is built 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 and is customisable for different working environments to help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

Havis Screen Blanking Solution Powered by Blank-it

Our Solution Partner, Havis, is now offering Screen Blanking Solutions powered by Blank-it to provide easy, safe and legally compliant ways to manage in-vehicle computer displays and prevent driver distraction.

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Havis’ Screen Blanking Solutions provide easy, safe and legally compliant ways to manage in-vehicle computer displays and prevent driver distraction.

Blank-it is a combination of a multi-sensor, rugged USB and intelligent modular software technology. Once activated, the motion sensor technology recognizes a vehicle’s mobility and limits the display’s functionality, reducing visual, cognitive and physical distractions.

Sam Barall, National Sales Manager, Enterprise at Havis Inc, stated:

Distracted driving costs the nation thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year. Whether used on the road, in the field or in a warehouse, screen blanking can help to keep drivers safe and prevent vehicle damages while meeting regulations governing display equipment in work vehicles.

Blank-it’s password-protected administration interface allows companies to determine the level of screen functionality for a fleet of any size, with options including passenger-only viewing, privacy screen, keyboard/mouse disabler, GPS override and voice command, with additional features in development.

Easy to install, Blank-it can be embedded in a docking station or secured in a customized Havis Tamper Proof Cover without drilling or hardwiring. The technology operates without the need for antennas, power sources, GPS or third-party applications. Blank-It software is compatible with Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7 and 10.

For more information on Havis’ Screen Blanking Solutions powered by Blank-it, visit: httpS://customers.havis.com/index.php/product-news/screen-blanking

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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 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 1300 112 002 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 1300 112 002).
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U.S. Mandates Reversing Cameras in Vehicles by 2018

The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) recently announced a new rule that will require vehicles built from May 1, 2018 onwards to have a reversing (also known as a “back-up”) camera. This rule will apply to all road-legal vehicles under 10,000 pounds (4.5 Tonnes).

The NHTSA cites an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries from “back-up” or reversing accidents every year, and notes that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of the deaths.

According to the rule, all vehicles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018 will have to be equipped with a rear-view camera. It also included specifics on response time after the vehicle’s transmission is shifted into reverse (2 seconds) and “linger time” of how long the camera remains active after shifting from reverse (between 4 and 8 seconds).

Introducing View-it

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View-it allows a reverse camera feed to be relayed direct to an in-vehicle computer display, thus avoiding the need for a separate display screen.

As soon as the vehicle is put in reverse the image from the reverse camera is instantly displayed on the computer screen. Once reverse is dis-engaged, the display reverts to its previous state freeing up the screen for normal use.

View-it is suitable for any vehicle fitted with a compatible camera and offers the following advantages:

  • Cost Avoidance – No need to buy an expensive reverse camera set-up. Use your existing in-vehicle computer for the reverse feed image.
  • Safety – Reduce the distraction by reducing the amount of mounted monitors in the vehicle.
  • Unobtrusive – Initializes a full-screen image containing the camera feed. When not reversing view-it is completely invisible to the user.
  • The view-it product includes software and smart cables ready for installation.

View-it is a stand-alone product that also integrates well with the Blank-it distracted driving solution and we recommend that all fleet owners consider installation of Blank-it & view-it as a vital part of their safety/OH&S obligations.

Find out more about view-it

 

Police in-vehicle Laptop use and Driver Distraction

Police use of in-vehicle laptops and the related driver distraction has been featured a number of times in this blog.

A recent item on the Today.com website puts this issue in the spotlight again, with increasing evidence of the number of distraction-related accidents where police use of an in-vehicle computer is involved.

It is interesting that the distracted driving issue is now making it into mainstream media such as the Today show. It really starts to bring the problem forward and centre where it should be.

Bryan Vila, a professor at Washington State University in Spokane, is one of the world’s leading experts on distracted police driving. He put Today’s reporter behind the wheel in the driving simulator he uses to monitor officers’ eye movement and reaction time.

Once use of an on-board computer was added to the simulation, the reporter ran off the road. Review showed that his eyes were off the road, looking at the computer screen, for almost four seconds. “That’s enough to cause a hell of an accident,” Vila said.

Some police departments across the country are trying to address the issue in fairly basic ways. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, police officers’ in-car computer won’t allow them to keep typing after going 10 to 15 miles per hour. And in Fort Worth, Texas, officers aren’t allowed to use their computers at all while driving, unless it’s an emergency.

More sophisticated solutions are required however, to allow Police Officers to perform their duties effectively without endangering the lives of other road users.

“We believe that with Blank-it, the solution is already there. Blank-it makes it possible to greatly reduce the interaction with an on-board computer whilst leaving enough there to make it a usable tool for the officer. Blank-it can disable touch-screens or keyboards, keeping audible components active and restricting what is visible when the vehicle is moving  – addressing the major components of driver distraction without reducing officer efficiency.”

Blank-it does all of this from a rugged USB Multi-motion sensor fob that can easily be retro fitted to an existing fleet or incorporated into new installs. The easy to install and configure Blank-it software allows the officer to perform their job but keep their eyes on the road.

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

 

 

See original article here: http://www.today.com/news/distracted-police-driving-researchers-seek-solution-1D80406085

Blank-it – Australian Road Safety Awards 2014 Finalist

We are pleased to announce that Blank-it has been selected as a finalist in the Australian Road Safety Awards for  2014.

Blank-it is a finalist in two categories – Innovation and Corporate Fleet Safety.

The National Awards lunch in Brisbane on November 27th will see all finalists recognised for their achievements and the announcement of the winners across all categories along with the announcement of the Founder’s Award.

Watch this space for more updates.

http://www.australianroadsafetyawards.com.au/

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In-Vehicle Safety – How Not to Do It (Part 7)

vehicle-safety-20140829The latest post in our series of how NOT to do in-car safety.

One of our team recently purchased a phone case and this product/image was among the bundled advertising material.

Not a safe way to use your device while driving and against the law in many jurisdictions.

Blank-it encourages complete concentration behind the wheel and we advocate minimal distraction whilst driving.

Ensure your own safety, the safety of others and reduce your potential liability as an employer by using a Blank-it system to manage your visible in-vehicle computer displays.

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.

Blank-it safety in motion

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