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  • Does your HR Wellness & Benefits Program address the most dangerous activity your employees do every day? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013, 76.4% of workers 16 years and older drove alone on their commute to and from work, and another almost 10% carpooled. As something that most do every single day, Driver Safety seems to be overlooked when it comes to other Wellness Programs. Most HR Wellness Programs focus on individual health, including healthy eating and regular exercise, and some incorporate financial and emotional wellness. ​ Recent studies have shown that workers stress over their finances while at work, and that stress carries on through their commute home. Over-worrying can dominate thought and cause distraction for your

    Aug 11,
    - by Michael
  • The U.S. National Traffic Safety Highway Administration has released a fact sheet that provides updates on occupant protection—or seat belt usage—in 2011. Research has found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate- to-critical injury by 50 percent. For light-truck occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent. Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes in 2011, 77 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. Seat belts are effective in

    Apr 24,
    - by Michael
  • Traffic Safety The Transportation Research Board recently released the initial analysis of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) project to study specific research questions using early SHRP 2 naturalistic driving study and roadway information database data. The study recruited 2,800 volunteer drivers, ages 16-80, across six sites...data will be collectd for 1 to 2 years...data include vehicle speed, acceleration, and braking; all vehicle controls; lane position; forward radar; and video views forward, to the rear, and on the driver's face and hands. When complete in early 2014, the NDS data set will contain over 33,000,000 travel miles from over 3,800 vehicle-years of driving, totaling over four petabytes of data... ...The study's central goal is to produce unparalleled data from

    Apr 11,
    - by Michael
  • If you drive for work, either in your own car or in a fleet vehicle, you work in one of the most dangerous "offices" around. In 2011 the total unintentional injury related deaths in the US attributed to driving for work was 1,603 - roughly 70% of the total number of 2,306 work-related deaths, according to the2013 National Safety Council Injury Facts report. The "good" news is that you are less likely to be injured while driving for work vs injuring yourself doing other things at work. Only 100,000 of the 4.9 million injuries on the job in 2011 were driving related. Work related motor vehicle injuries still cost a staggering $22.3 billion when considering administrative expense ($12.1 billion), wage

    Apr 09,
    - by Michael
  • Fleet Operations Do your drivers have company cell phones? Does your company have a driving policy that prohibits cell use in one way or another while driving? Even if it's not company policy (you are not alone), do your drivers operate company vehicles in states or jurisdictions where cell phone use is banned in one form or another? Last year at the NAFA convention Rachel sat in on a particularly interesting seminar by St. Louis attorney Karen Baudendistel, who proceeded to "scared the hell out of" the fleet risk and safety managers in the room with some of the implications of cell use by company drivers. "Do any of you do business in the states that prohibit talking on the

    Apr 01,
    - by Michael

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