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Traffic Safety = $$ Savings

When you think of ways to make your small businesses more competitive in todayís marketplace, do you think of worker injury prevention programs? The U.S. Department of Transportationís National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has excellent reasons why you should. Their safety experts point out that motor vehicle crashes alone cost employers over a staggering $50 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and loss of productivity. The cost of workerís compensation, Social Security, and private health and disability insurance are all driven upward by motor vehicle accidents. This has a direct effect on the cost of you doing business as your companyís overhead is escalated by the costs associated with the administration of these benefits.

Employer traffic safety and awareness programs make good economic sense for all small businesses. Motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of lost time at work, on-the-job fatalities, and debilitating injuries. In this sense alone, protecting employees from motor vehicle injury can translate into a very profitable investment of corporate time and resources. While we are all aware of the quality of life losses when an employee, or a member of their family, is injured in a motor vehicle crash, their employer also suffers real economic loss. Research has shown that when an employee suffers an on-the-job motor vehicle injury, the average overall cost to the employer, in premiums, benefits and loss of productivity, is more than $24,000. Even an off-the-job motor vehicle crash with injuries will end up costing the employer more than $18,000 on average.

Bob Doherty, a traffic safety specialist at NHTSA, points out that it is even more imperative for small businesses to address safety issues. A small business runs a higher risk of being incapacitated, or even put out of business, by the loss of a key employee in a highway vehicle crash. He points out that, "If you have ten employees and you lose one, that is ten percent of your work force." Additionally, small businesses tend to have less of an overlap in expertise among their employees and less resulting flexibility in absorbing the workload and responsibilities of an absent employee. Establishing a safety program is the simplest and most cost-effective way of reducing highway injuries and their corresponding costs. You can create a culture of safety by developing and implementing safety policies within your business which are reinforced by top management. Emphasize that traffic safety factors such as using seat belts, not drinking and driving, operating your motor vehicle responsibly and at safe speeds, are issues that your company cares about. Informing and discussing with your employees basic traffic safety techniques, and rewarding safe, conscientious driving behavior can help your employees avoid becoming highway tragedies and save you money.

NHTSA has decided that even the terminology we use affects our attitudes toward highway crashes. For example, what is the difference between a motor vehicle crash and accident? The word "accident" implies that events are beyond our control, an unavoidable part of life. However, most motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries, or even death, are predictable and avoidable. Good management examines the cause of crashes and injuries and provides leadership to the workforce to avoid them.

Jim Hall, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), uses the story of the Titanic as an example of an "accident" that could have been prevented with better management practices. If the captain had not been sailing the ship at excessive speeds, if there had been enough lifeboats for all the passengers, if the lookouts had been equipped with binoculars, this tragic loss of life in this famous catastrophe could have been avoided. The iceberg didnít down the Titanic, management did. Be proactive and initiate a safety program within your small business today. A dollar invested to improve motor vehicle safety is a dollar well spent. It will provide a strong return for your company. Allstateís Corporate Relationsí Director, Joseph Groner, advises companies to "create a culture not only of safety awareness, but of concern for employees. Donít simply require employees to do something; explain why you care about them." The results will be good for your employees and good for your business.

This information came from a
US DOT online article.

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