Once again, NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety) is holding its annual “Driver Safely Work Week”. This sucessful campaign is designed to bring focus to the leading cause of occupational related fatalities – driving related deaths. We support this effort and hope you will bring awareness to your company drivers and sponsor some driving safety related activities.
We somehow seem to overlook the significance of this major public safety and health issue but more and more businesses are seeing the impact on their bottom line from motor vehicle crashes – and how they can be prevented.
Information on this awareness program can be found at: http://trafficsafety.org/drivesafelyworkweek/. Check it out.
NETS has a publication called “Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes” and is a great overview of what is needed for an effective driver training program – including training. It is viewable at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/motor_vehicle_guide.html.
Having an employee safe driving program is easy to implement and could help reduce liability from employee driver collisions. It is also designed to prevent employees -on and off the job- from receiving tickets that may result in driver license suspension or inability to drive under company policy.
WIthout training, employers are exposing the company to potentially huge damages as well as direct costs due to increased insurance premiums, property damage, litigation costs not to mention the indirect costs of these collisions.
Hopefully we – as a nation- will dedicate the resources to do more to educate drivers about the dangers and risks that they seldom realize – both on and off the job.