Time for employers to get involved
Imagine this scenario: You are the employer of a 43-year-old salesperson who has the office reputation for being a 'lead-footed' driver. In the past 14 months alone, he's had one fender-bender and has been cited for at least three moving violations. Since he only drives his personal car, is it the employer's business to get involved?
This man's employer didn't think so'until the salesperson was killed en route to visit a client. Traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour, he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected when the car rolled.
Driving fatalities are the leading cause of work-related deaths, so driver safety is a vital feature in any responsible employer's risk management training program. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends these steps:
1For more information about driver safety issues, refer to the document, 'Work-Related Roadway Crashes, published by the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2003-119/pdfs/2003-119.pdf
Roland-Mieszkowski, Marek. "Common Misconceptions about Hearing." Digital Recordings. www.digital-recordings.com/publ/pubear.html
Other agencies concerned with traffic safety and employer responsibilities include:
The Federal Highway Administration:http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety: http://www.trafficsafety.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: http://www.aaafoundation.org/home/