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VicForests chooses Ezy2c for Remote Worker Safety Solution

VicForests recently invested in the safety of its remote workforce by installing the latest in online GPS tracking technology in its fleet of 73 vehicles. The organisation chose Ezy2c’s GPS tracking system, which utilises both the mobile phone network and the communication satellite network to ensure coverage is provided in the most remote locations.

According to VicForests’ Director of Operations, Brad Winthrop, the organisation’s decision to install the Ezy2c solution was motivated by the satisfaction of knowing that all their employees would be arriving home safely at the end of the day.

“We have four core values that underpin everything we do, and one of the most important values is safety. We strive for zero harm,” he explains.

“Our forestry staff work in remote locations overseeing and implementing all forestry related activities from planning, pre harvest assessments, road building, contractor harvest and haulage management and the regeneration of the harvested sight. They are out there in the forest often driving alone.

“With our new online GPS system, we always know exactly where they are. If something goes wrong the system will send an immediate back to base via SMS or email.

“Not only does it allow us to pinpoint the exact location of the vehicle that’s sent the alert, but it also shows us where the nearest other vehicles are, so we can send someone to go and help out immediately.”

VicForests has a manual system in place one that relied on the remote workers updating the notice board with their intended whereabouts before heading out into the field.

“Sometimes people would forget to update the board, or they’d make an error,” Winthrop recalls. “But with GPS tracking, we know where every vehicle is at any given time. If there’s an issue we know we can actually find the person.”

Ezy2c’s online GPS tracking solutions are fully customisable, but for VicForests there was no need to request extensive alterations or enhancements.

“There was very little customisation, if any,” confirms Winthrop. “Basically, the way the system works is that you can ask Ezy2c for whatever reports you think you’ll need. Then, once you’ve had it running for a while, you can say we’d like to have this sort of information now and they’ll make sure they can generate those reports for you. It’s pretty straightforward to be honest.”

As well as providing one of the most technologically-advanced communication systems on the market today, Ezy2c’s online tracking solutions provide a complete vehicle management system, including reports designed to reduce costs and improve productivity.

It’s a win/win situation according to Winthrop.

“As well as the safety aspect, there are a lot of productivity gains to be had the reports help us with ensuring our vehicles are serviced on time as well as highlighting driver that might be hard on vehicles.”

However, Ezy2c’s National Sale Manager, Roger Ghent, believes that most organisations’ desire to protect their workforce is driven less by the fear of incurring liability when something goes wrong, and more by the satisfaction of knowing that their employees have arrived home safely.”

“It’s about knowing you are extending to your remote and lone workers the same duty of care that you offer your workers in the workplace,” he says.

Winthrop agrees.

“At the end of the day, we want everyone to go home to their families. Ezy2c GPS tracking is a small investment, to be honest, to be able to know where everybody is and to be able to help them if something happens.”

To learn more about Ezy2c’s online GPS tracking solutions, visit or phone 1300 150 500

Reproduced from September 2012, Australian Forests & Timber News