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  • Work-Related Roadway Crashes

  • Work-Related Roadway Crashes

    Work-related roadway crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury fatalities for workers in the United States. In 2000, roadway crashes killed 1,347 civilian workers and accounted for more than 23% of all workplace fatalities. Although other workplace fatalities have declined in recent years, the number of deaths from roadway crashes increased steadily from 1,135 in 1992 to 1,471 in 1999. In 2000, they decreased to 1,347.

    In 2000, more than 5.8 million workers were employed in transportation and material moving occupations. More than 4.4 million of these workers were motor vehicle operators, of whom 77% were truck drivers. In addition to these 4.4 million workers whose primary job duty is to operate a motor vehicle, numerous other workers operate motor vehicles as part of their job duties. Some operate fleet vehicles provided by their employers, and others drive personal vehicles while performing their jobs.

    Selected prevention measures recommended by NIOSH are listed here:
    • Implement and enforce mandatory seat belt use policies.
    • Ensure that no worker is assigned to drive on the job if he or she does not have a valid driver’s license. The license should be appropriate for the type of vehicle to be driven.
    • Provide fleet vehicles that offer the highest possible levels of occupant protection in the event of a crash.
    • Maintain complete and accurate records of workers’ driving performance. In addition to driver’s license checks for prospective employees, periodic rechecks after hiring are critical.
    • Incorporate fatigue management into safety programs.
    • Ensure that workers receive the training necessary to operate specialized motor vehicles or equipment.
    • Offer periodic screening of vision and general physical health for all workers for whom driving is a primary job duty.
    • Avoid requiring workers to drive irregular hours or to extend their workday far beyond their normal working hours as a result of driving responsibilities.
    • Establish schedules that allow drivers to obey speed limits and follow applicable hours-of-service regulations.
    • Set safety policy in accordance with State graduated driver licensing laws so that company operations do not place younger workers in violation of these laws.
    • Assign driving-related tasks to young drivers in an incremental fashion, beginning with limited driving responsibilities and ending with unrestricted assignments.

    Above information from a
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) article.

    *** Any law, statute, regulation or other precedent is subject to change at any time ***

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