When your fleet has 4,500 drivers, traveling nearly 100 million miles per year, having visibility over what’s happening during those miles is critical. For MasTec Advanced Technologies (MasTec AT), a communications and infrastructure installation division of MasTec Inc., broader visibility was the key to streamlining fleet operations and ensuring driver safety.
That’s what led MasTec AT to partner with a global fleet services provider and Geotab telematics for an integrated fleet management solution. As a large fleet with 4,300 vans, the priority had evolved way beyond truck and vehicle asset management to information sharing.
By connecting to their data, MasTec AT was able to gather real-time fleet insights to support their efforts in achieving greater fleet productivity, efficiency, and enhanced safety.
Upholding a Core Value
Driver safety is central to MasTec AT, whose 4,000 technicians serve more than 30 million residential and commercial customers a year, installing services such as satellite, cable TV and home security solutions on behalf of some of the nation’s leading service providers. “Paramount to us, is getting our drivers home safely every night,” says Brian Santarcangelo, VP Technology Solutions, MasTec AT.
The company has very high standards for safety. MasTec Inc. is part of multiple safety organizations including the National Safety Council. One membership of particular importance is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Electrical Transmission & Distribution Safety Partnership. The partnership is meant to help shape national safety standards, but to do so members must be able to perform and provide data analysis on their own operations to help better understand causes of fatalities and injuries in the industry. While fleet is only one piece of operations, data by vehicle and drivers helps provide a full picture of what’s going on at job sites.
MasTec is also committed to a goal of zero injuries. With multiple training centers across the country, the company must regularly develop and improve upon best practices, and work with employees on the importance of OSHA and Department of Transportation (DOT) safety rules.
Training at these centers is comprehensive and mandatory, as well as offers skill-level improvement classes. Here is a glimpse of the safety tactics covered:
- Safety orientation for newly hired employees
- Defensive and DOT seminars for fleet drivers
- Trench safety classes for employees
- In-depth training programs for electric linemen
- “Tailgate” and pre-job safety meetings at the onset of each project
To continue to provide up-to-date driver training at the highest standards, MasTec AT needed more detailed and connected information to help feed their safety program and goals. MasTec AT turned to their fleet services provider and Geotab to create a custom and integrated solution, and fleet connectivity began to take shape.