Toolbox - Road To Safety
If you don’t think communicating safe driving practices to your employees is worth your time, think again. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- Motor vehicle crashes costs employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity.
- The average crash costs an employer $16,500.
- When a worker’s on-the-job crash results in an injury, the cost to an employer is $74,000.
- If a fatality is involved, the costs can be $500,000 or more.
Those are numbers that can have a serious impact to your bottom line. For 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were 1,891 fatal work injuries due to transportation incidents, a slight increase from 2013. Of these, 40% were roadway driving incidents, which can occur during such driving scenarios as:
- Home health care workers who travel to offsite locations
- School bus, van and truck drivers
- Sales and office staff traveling for business purposes
Driving accidents can happen without warning, so it’s crucial to understand the importance of safe driving. United Heartland’s “Road to Safety” driving campaign is targeted at employers and their employees who undertake incidental driving as part of their everyday operations.
This campaign includes materials that can help you protect your staff when they’re on the road and examines issues, such as defensive driving, distracted driving and fatigued driving. Additionally, we’ve prepared information you can use to address topics that could contribute to driving-related issues, including how to establish a drug and alcohol policy. We also give tips on hiring for safety — from interviewing applicants to conducting background checks — so you get the right people on the job and behind the wheel. We encourage you to use these materials, which can be accessed below, to educate yourselves and your employees on the importance of safe driving.
By addressing these important topics, your business and employees will soon be on the road to safety.