The trucking industry lost about 100 jobs in the month of September, marking what some analysts believe may be the beginning of a negative outlook for the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. If they’re correct, that means it’s more important than ever to safeguard the existing workforce and to focus on improvements in overall efficiency.
Installation of the Ultralift power tool is a means of doing both these things. In the first place, it can reduce truck driving injuries and instances of back problems from truck driving. This in turn can reduce the instance of workers’ compensation claims and keep people behind the wheel for longer. Just as important, it can increase the overall perception of trailer driving safety, thereby making the industry more attractive to the general public and reducing the turnover rate.
Additionally, the Ultralift power tool improves operational efficiency at the point of disengagement and reengagement of the tractor from the trailer. This may be a minor concern in the grand scheme of things, but by reducing this reset time in each instance, a trucking company can save a several man-hours a day over the course of an entire fleet.
Most technological innovations have the potential to both reduce labor needs and prevent unnecessary job loss. The Ultralift power tool is no exception, and it has the added advantage of being easy to install throughout a fleet and carrying little additional cost.