Can This New GPS Technology Reduce Oil Field Accidents?

According to an industry report, up to 40 percent of oil-related accidents involve truck drivers who transport oil. Truck drivers are often stressed to meet tight deadlines, and many of the roads they travel are unpaved and more likely to cause truck accidents.

Cartasite, a Colorado-based company that focuses on improving fleet management safety, took steps to reduce these accidents by implanting GPS devices into the state’s oil transporting trucks. So far, the results are extremely positive. The oil company Encana added GPS devices to 800 oil transport trucks in 2010, and since then, these types of truck accidents have gone down by 55 percent.

Another petroleum company, Anadarko, noted that the devices have made a noticeable difference in their work-related truck accidents.

How Do They Work?

The GPS monitoring devices improve safety in petroleum companies through several means. They track and grade the driver’s performance, based on criteria like acceleration, tailgating or speeding. Drivers have an incentive to drive safer because those with the highest grades can receive bonuses or gifts.

The GPS units also help provide a faster response to emergency situations at oil drilling sites. When something goes wrong, the system finds out which driver is closest and alerts him or her of the situation, allowing for a fast response. The system can also warn drivers about hazardous areas and provide an alternate route.

Based on Colorado’s success with these systems, it seems like Louisiana’s oil and gas industry would also highly benefit from the use of GPS devices. It is the company’s responsibility to provide a safe working conditions. This includes reasonable deadlines for truck drivers and working environments that adhere to safety codes.

Galloway Jefcoat, LLP Lafayette personal injury lawyers

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