More than 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017, and distracted driving was a major cause. According to the National Safety Council, distracted drivers cause a death every 15 minutes. The repercussions of these tragedies are real for the workplace. A death of an employee can spur productivity loss, increase claims (whether workman’s comp or group health insurance), incur possible litigation for the employer, heighten stress and cause morale issues.
Safety shouldn’t end at the office – the most dangerous environment is out on the road. Participate in Distracted Driver Awareness Month. Create an employee awareness campaign and institute clear workplace policies regarding cell phone usage. If no policy exists, such use may be viewed as an acceptable practice. Remember: a distracted driver is four times more likely to crash.* Make it company policy that employees put down the phone while driving.
NSC offers infographics, posters, fact sheets and a number of social media-friendly initiatives: http://safety.nsc.org/ddam
They also have a webinar planned for this month. See the description below for registration information.
Webinar: Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work
NSC Senior Program Manager Lisa Robinson and Medstar Risk and Safety Manager Shaun Curtis will present a free webinar, Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work, on Thursday, April 19, 2018. With car crashes the No. 1 cause of workplace death – and distracted driving a leading cause of crashes – you can learn how workplaces can help addresses this problem in a way that engages employees. The webinar will be held at 11 a.m. Central time. Register through this link: http://eventcallregistration.com/reg/index.jsp?cid=75732t11