Did you know workplace deaths are on the rise? The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 7% rise in workplace deaths since 2015. Fatal work injuries reached 5,190 in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase and the first time in nearly a decade that workplace fatalities topped 5,000.
There is an expression that rings true in many work settings and applies equally to employers and employees: “They don’t know what they don’t know.”
Newer and smaller companies have shown more interest in incorporating traffic safety into their workplace safety culture. Companies have shown that they don’t know how to address risky driving behaviors that can impact the well being of their organizations.
There is no A-to-Z manual that spells out why traffic safety makes dollars and sense. Many Drive Safe programs are provided to train on how to fill that information gap and serve as human manuals with the goal of helping employers combat the costly toll of crashes.
In 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate transportation incidents remain the most common fatal workplace event. Nearly 2,100 people died, with transportation incidents accounting for two out of five workplace fatalities. And yet your focus should extend well beyond work incidents.
Off-the-job crashes account for about 81% of employer health benefits costs and often involve employee family members. Half of crash-related injuries cause employees to miss work, whether they occur on the daily commute or on the job.
Driver distraction is one of the leading causes of crashes. One in five crashes is caused by distracted driving. More than 400 people die in these crashes every year and 3,000 more are injured. Much of this pain is the result of our own choices, including cell phone use behind the wheel.
People think they are good multitaskers. Wrong. They’ve actually fallen for a myth.
The human brain cannot handle two thinking tasks at the same time, like driving and talking on the phone. Your brain toggles quickly between these two tasks, which can slow reaction time and cause crashes.
Everyone seems to think hands-free driving is safer. Hands-free devices are not safer, nor are they risk-free. Drivers talking on cell phones can miss seeing up to 50% of what is in their driving environment, including stop signs, red lights and pedestrians. Put the phone away. “Alert today, alive tomorrow!”
It is important to have conversations with your employees, co-workers and family members about risks associated with cell phone driver distraction.