Traffic crashes are the number one cause of on the job deaths in America. 2 of every 5 people killed at work die in a workplace vehicle accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than 1,766 deaths a year result from occupational transportation incidents. That number is more than 38% of the 4,547 annual number of fatalities from occupational injuries.
Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of accidents happen during work. And many happen traveling to and from work. To keep workers safe, employers should implement a safe driving program at work.
Employers Should Set Up a Safe Driving Program to Keep Employees Safe on the Road
A safe driving program can save lives. Workplace vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for workers of all ages. The impact of losing a loved one can be far reaching. Kids may never be the same after losing a parent. Spouses may not recover from losing their loved one.
The employer program should work to keep the driver and others the road safe. The program must work to change driver attitudes, improve behavior, and increase skills to build a safe culture. Employers should instruct employees on basic safe driving practices. Employers should reward safety-conscious behavior driving.
Employees are an employer’s most valuable assets. Workplace driver safety programs make good business sense and demonstrate that employers care about their employees. By implementing safe driving programs, an employer can help save lives.
You have the Right to a Safe Workplace
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide employees with safe and healthful workplaces. OSHA recommends a 10 step driving safety program to help save lives on the road. Employers are prohibited by law from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law. An employer cannot fire you or demote you for expressing a safety concern. You also cannot be fired for reporting an injury.