A new, independent survey of the highways industry has revealed that two-thirds of tech-enabled businesses reported a reduction in accidents or no accidents at all in the last 12 months.
The report, The Driving Change: impact of technology in the highways sector, highlights the influence that technology can have on the preventability of accidents.
The report says that over two-thirds (67%) of businesses using paper-based processes reporting preventable accidents, compared to only 53% of businesses using digital technology – a reduction of 26%.
Graham Whistance, Managing Director of MyMobileWorkers, commissioners of the report explained, ‘With 39 million vehicles on the road in Great Britain, our network is being put under more strain than ever before, as are the businesses and workers that make up the sector. However, while maintaining our highways infrastructure is crucial, workforce safety must always be front of mind.’
‘There is no doubt a role for government legislation and regulation here, but what our research tells us that investment in digital technologies is giving businesses an opportunity to take extra control. By making the switch from paper-based to digital, highways companies are improving the safety of some 300,000 workers on the roads today, while also improving compliance, job performance and productivity,’ said Whistance.
The new research also reveals that using digital software improves business results and productivity. Businesses in the highways sector that track the progress of their jobs using digital technology complete jobs in an average of 4.4 hours while vastly improving quality of work, over 50% faster than those that use paper-based approaches.