Distracted Driving and its impact on Small Business Employers

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 2019 marks the observance of Distracted Driving Awareness. 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 these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost for injuries that occur both on and off the job. (OSHA.gov, 2019)

It is imperative that employers implement a driver safety program in their workplace to save lives and to reduce the risk of life-altering injuries within your workforce, to protect your organization’s human and financial resources, and to guard against potential company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business.

Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a 10 step guide to minimize automobile crash risk. The 10-step program provides guidance to employers on ways to improve traffic safety performance. The 10-steps are as follows:

  1. Senior Management Commitment & Employee Involvement
  2. Written Policies and Procedures
  3. Driver Agreements
  4. Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks
  5. Crash Reporting and Investigation
  6. Vehicle Selection, Maintenance and Inspection
  7. Disciplinary Action System
  8. Reward/Incentive Program
  9. Driver Training/Communication
  10. Regulatory Compliance

Click here to read more about the 10-Step program and for additional tips to reduce the risk of distracted driving in your workplace.

Need assistance developing a plan? Contact USF SafetyFlorida toll-free 1-866-273-1105 or visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com.