HVACR Business

JUN 2015

Help hvacr contractors master the critical components of business management.

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HVACRBUSINESS.Com HVACR Business J U N E 2 0 1 5 19 B ecause your technicians spend much of their time in the feld traveling from job to job, driv- er safety must be top of mind as the business owner. To protect your employees, prevent motor vehicle accidents and minimize the risk of liability and accident claims, there are certain steps that should be taken. Implementing a feet management solution and providing technicians with in-house driver education courses can help to improve the safety of your driv- ers, vehicles and reputation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace — more than fres, explo- sions, trips, falls and equipment inci- dents combined. In addition to speeding, aggressive driving behaviors such as harsh braking, rapid acceleration and sharp cornering can put your drivers and other motorists at risk. GPS feet tracking not only pinpoints aggressive driving behaviors, it ranks the top and bottom performers, so you can determine which drivers are following the rules of the road and which drivers need more coaching. Sure-Fire, Inc., a residential and com- mercial HVAC and electrical company in Horicon, Wisc., uses this data to cre- ate driver incentives, which is an effec- tive way to get technicians on board and promote safety. Along with aggressive driving, dis- tracted driving is a major concern among feld service businesses. Finding a feet tracking provider that offers a dis- tracted driving solution is crucial. Using this technology, you can pre- vent technicians from calling, texting, emailing and surfng the web while driv- ing. This will help to keep technicians focused on the road rather than their cell phones. Driver Training Driver training and GPS feet man- agement technology goes hand in hand to improve all aspects of feet safety. Being able to use a feet tracking so- lution to monitor driver behavior allows you to determine if there are safety is- sues and if so, what they are. With that information, you can provide your tech- nicians with the appropriate training and reinforce the importance of safety. Certain feet tracking providers ac- tually offer driver education courses, so you or your feet manager can use a com- plete driver safety solution. When looking into training, keep in mind there are different options to choose from, such as classroom sessions and online courses. Since schedules often vary among employees, it's important to fnd the so- lution that works around the priorities of your business. Online education courses can be a valuable resource, as they are self-paced and allow feld technicians to study online at home or in the offce. Online training also allows you or your feet manager to assign courses to individuals or the entire team, whereas classroom sessions don't leave much room for fexibility. Driver training courses can be used as a proactive and reactive approach to safety. The courses can be used to educate new hires on safe driving tech- niques, reinforce safety measures for those with multiple policy violations and continuously educate technicians on safety best practices. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace — more than fres, explosions, trips, falls and equipment incidents combined. By Kevin Burnett, operations manager at nextraq Includes EZ-Ject™ injector assembly, hose/coupler with check valve and purge ftting and (2) EZ-Ject™ cartridges preflled with Cool Seal™ A/C leak sealer. Each 0.5 oz (14.8 ml) cartridge treats up to 2 tons of cooling. Large, preflled cartridge works with BigEZ™ injector. Can also be used with EZ-Ject™ injector using CS-50 adapter and CS-35 hose/coupler. 2 oz (60 ml) cartridge treats 6 to 12 tons of cooling. CS-100CS Cool Seal™ EZ-Ject™ Kit ™ A/C Leak Sealer Seals leaks in compressors, condensers, evaporators, O-rings and hoses. Safe for all AC&R system components and recovery equipment. Works in all popular systems. NEW! ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFIED COMPANY To learn more, call 1-800-274-8888 or visit www.spectroline.com CS-2CS Cool Seal™ BigEZ™ Cartridge Seals leaks as large as 0.020 inch (0.5 mm) An alternative to expensive parts replacement in older AC&R systems Non-polymer, oil-soluble formula Remains safely in system to help protect against future leaks Meets ASHRAE 97 standard for chemical stability Ideal for preventive maintenance ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ View video Create a Culture of safety with Your Fleet As with feet management technol- ogy, being able to streamline processes is ideal for business owners and feet managers with busy schedules. By de- creasing the amount of time it takes to train technicians, you can increase pro- ductivity and keep your business run- ning as usual. Being able to better understand the driving habits of your employees and provide the necessary tools for improvement can enhance your bottom line and keep your feet operating at the highest level possible. n Kevin Burnett is operations manager at NexTraq. NexTraq's applications — Fleet Dispatch, Fleet Metrics and NexTraq Connect — deliver real-time data needed to optimize feet operations. Visit www.nextraq.com for additional information.

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