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The Biggest Safety Risk for Oil and Gas (and How You Can Fix it)

By Katie Simpson on December 4, 2014
Tags: GoCanvas Marketing

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One of the most dangerous places for workers, especially in Oil and Gas, isn't on site-- it's on the road. OSHA reports that nearly 4 out of 10 workers killed in oil and gas are killed due to highway vehicle incidents. But danger from vehicles don't stop on the road: they can be a source of struck-by/caught-in/caught-between hazards. These kind of hazards cause three out of five on site fatalities for oil and gas workers.

The need for oil and gas workers isn't going away: so how do we keep them safe? Creating a strong safety program with thorough training, frequent mobile inspections, and real time oversight can ensure your company operates not only smoothly but also safely. A mobile app can help your company do all of this quickly, efficiently, and accurately. 

Thorough Training

In the beginning, employees have to learn a lot of information. They may have to sit through a class on driver fatigue or or a meeting on proper vehicle inspections, but did they really absorb the information? Will they be able to follow proper procedure, or will you have to train them again?

A mobile app can help you test this quickly and easily. Training with a mobile app allows for a more rigorous process. With all training records instantly available in the cloud, trainers can quickly correct new employees' mistakes. Management will also have clear documentations when training is over, proving employees are ready to get started.

Training with mobile apps is easier for new employees too. They can enjoy easy to read text, helping explain how to do vehicle inspections, or ensure that they are safe to drive. Fields can also have specific types of entries allowed: from a checkbox, or number required. This restricts the possibility of errors, helping employees understand inspections faster.

Frequent Inspections and Reports

One of the main ways CDC says to prevent vehicular accidents is fleet management. Providing the highest level of protection means frequent vehicle inspections to ensure that the vehicle is working properly and safely. 

Sure, the vehicle can still pass inspection, right?

But can you be sure that a paper inspection happened when they said it did? What proof other than a signature and a check mark do you have that the vehicle was in proper shape? Or how often do your inspections come back not fully filled out?

Mobile vehicle inspections not only provide additional validation, but also come back in real time. A mobile app can include automatic date and time stamp. That way, when your employee opens the app on their Android, Apple, Blackberry, or Windows device, the time stamp is automatically entered.

On a mobile device, you can also take photos of the vehicle. With one click, you can quickly check that a vehicle looks the way it should. Even add barcode scanning to auto-populate vehicle types, to ensure that your employee is inspecting the correct vehicle. Your employee can focus on the inspection, and you get proof it happened.

Finally, a mobile inspection can ensure you get all the information you need. With required fields, even if an employee skips over a field, the app won't let them to submit the inspection. Only by filling all required fields will your employees be able to finish the inspection.

You'll enjoy accurate, and more comprehensive inspections. 

Real Time Oversight

Even in this day and age, there can be a lag in information, especially with paper forms. For instance, say a driver does a vehicle inspection in the morning. Driving from site to site, they may not come back to your office until the end of their shift, or a week later when they finally stop by the office.

But the lag doesn't end there. Once at the office, the information needs to be filed or entered into a database. Just to access that information can take another day or two depending on your administrative employees availability for data entry. 

That's just one vehicle inspection, what about the rest of your fleet? You'll need to spend a few hours putting all those separate inspections into one file. By the time you've done all that, you could be weeks behind what's happening on the ground.

With safety, you don't have that much time to fix a problem. Going mobile dramatically streamlines this process: All inspections will come back to your office in real time. Once finished, all inspections are available immediately in the cloud. They can also be emailed immediately to a manager or an office administrator.

In the cloud, you can easily integrate these submissions with your own system through an open API or export as an excel or csv file.

What once took days or weeks with paper forms now happen in seconds. You can understand your fleet's safety today. 

Conclusion

Vehicle safety requires more than one quick fix. Safety programs have to encompass preventing driver fatigue, and validating that employees have appropriate and valid driver licenses. But great safety programs are easier with a mobile app. You'll have faster and more thorough training. Inspections will be more accurate and include more information. Finally, real-time information and integration possibilities make your oversight easier and faster than ever before.

Saving time and money while a stronger safety program? It's possible by going mobile

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