15 Sep Preventing Work-related Roadway Crashes
Transportation incidents are the most frequent type of fatal workplace event every year for more than a decade. If a work related road way crash happens than not only the victims but also the employers have to deal with medical, financial. and legal consequences.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle as part of his or her job. Even if a worker is not full time they can still be at risk for any driving they do involving a personal or company vehicle. No matter if it is for sales and repair calls, deliveries, client visits.
What Can Employers Do?
- Unlike other work places, the roadway is not a closed environment. Preventing work-related roadway crashes requires strategies that combine traffic safety principles and sound safety management practices.
- Although employers cannot control roadway conditions, they can promote safe driving behavior by providing safety information to workers by setting and enforcing driver safety polices
- Unsafe driving and lack of employer enforcement of safety policies may contribute to fatal work-related crashes. Employers can take proactive steps to protect their employees and their companies.
Policies That Can Protect Employers
Assign a key member of the management team the responsibility and authority to set and enforce comprehensive driver safety as the following:
- Enforce mandatory seat belt use.
- Do not require workers to driver irregular hours or beyond their normal working hours.
- Prohibit employees from talking on a cell phone while driving, even if it is for business.
- Develop work schedules that allow employees to obey speed limits and to follow applicable hours of service regulations.
- Any employee who drives on the job is at risk for serious injury or death. Be sure you have appropriate safety and prevention programs in place too protect drivers.
Ensure that your vehicles are safe for employee use:
- Adopt a structured vehicle maintenance program.
- Provide company vehicles that offer the highest possible levels of occupant protection.
It is important to implement comprehensive driving safety programs, and to make sure that employees are fit to drive for your company:
- Teach workers strategies for recognizing and managing driver fatigue and in-vehicle distractions.
- Provide training to workers operating specialized motor vehicles or equipment.
- Emphasize the need to follow safe driving practices on and off the job.
- Ensure that workers assigned to drive on the job have a valid drivers license and that it is appropriate for the type of vehicle to be driven.
- Check driving records of prospective employees, and preform periodic rechecks after hiring.
- Maintain complete and accurate records of workers’ driving performance.