At Camco Wheel & Axle, we recognize that our custom truck fabrication and upfitting services play a vital role in your business. The work we do is not only intended to enhance your work vehicles but complement the work you do yourself.
Regardless of what industry you may be in – whether construction, municipal, wrecker and towing, or any other field – our job is to make your job easier. And to make working conditions for your drivers and employees safer.
By effectively upfitting your fleet or individual vehicle, you not only encourage efficiency and productivity, but meet federal regulations intended to keep workers protected.
The Importance of Truck Upfitting and Safety
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed laws and regulations intended to provide employees with a reasonably safe work environment, which can include fabricated and upfitted work trucks and other vehicles.
Safety has quickly becoming a major concern for HR and risk management departments who have noticed an uptick in workplace injury lawsuits, especially in industries that utilize commercial vehicles. Companies are working diligently to ensure that upfits provide safe and ideal conditions for drivers and employees by requesting that safety equipment be included in the upfitting process of their vehicles with tools that include: rear-view cameras, convex spot mirrors, drop-down ladder racks, and much more.
Another important factor to consider are Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. This safety program collects data on companies and drivers with commercial motor vehicles and their performance records. As CSA scores are made publicly available, this can ultimately have a negative effect on your business and ability to obtain larger municipal contracts.
When considering that a variety of injuries can occur from pushing, pulling, lifting, or bending and workers’ compensation can cost thousands of dollars, it is essential that you begin the process of upfitting your fleet to reduce employee injury risks.
Preparing for an Upfit
When preparing to upfit a vehicle, there are a few considerations that should be taken into account to help you make the right decisions about equipment while still meeting personnel needs.
One of the most essential elements is for a manager to adequately inspect equipment to recognize what needs to be updated or removed. Tool boxes, storage bins, racks, winches, or any number of items that appear to be broken or on the verge of uselessness should be noted for replacement.
Another important source of input is your company’s workers. As they have field knowledge and a better understanding of what sort of upfitting equipment would improve their efficiency and capabilities (as well as their safety), questions for your drivers and employees can prove to be very valuable in making the right choices.
Properly training employees on the use of equipment and ensuring that individuals who will be utilizing specialized tools, like cranes, have the right certifications will also go a long way in avoiding accidents and improving the worth of your upfit.
Ultimately, it will require a fine-tuned level of planning to make the best vehicle upfitting decisions. Simply requesting a general upfitting without adequately understanding the application of the work vehicle and those that will be utilizing it means that spec’ing mistakes will be made – which can end up costing you more down the road.
Remember – the better informed you are about your employees’ needs and how their work vehicle can alleviate certain issues, the higher the likelihood that your truck will be upfitted for optimal use.
Choosing the Right Upfitter
There are a few things to consider when choosing which upfitter to go with:
- Pricing should be reasonable, but bear in mind, that you often pay for what you get. While you’ll naturally want to keep the pricing down when upfitting your commercial vehicle, this can mean under-spec’ing, which can mean more issues (and costs) in the long run.
- Visit the upfitter you have chosen to get an idea of their workmanship and the quality of materials they use. It’s your money and vehicle so you want to ensure you are making the right decision.
- Ask truck dealers and other companies about their upfitters. Word of mouth (and online reviews) can provide you with valuable insight about the type of company you will be entrusting your vehicles with.
- Do you best to make sure that lead time and deliveries match. You need your equipment and vehicles back in working condition ASAP.
Camco Wheel & Axle is your number one choice for commercial vehicle upfitting in the Rio Grande Valley and McAllen metro area.
We work extra hard at Camco Wheel & Axle to meet your spec requirements and upfitting needs. Our services and products are designed for optimal performance all while staying within your budget guidelines.
From partitions to GPS units, back up cameras, storage bins, shelving accessories, and more, our commercial vehicle upfitting services will help to turn your work vehicle into a business asset.
Contact Camco Wheel & Axle today at (956) 781-4800 to find out more about our services.