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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
  • Driver Safety Program By: Rumble Strip 10. As long as you are generally careful, you do not have to worry about other reckless drivers. 99% of accidents are caused by "you" and not "the other guy". It is a known fact. 9. Bicycles are cheaper to operate than motor vehicles so you should swap over anyway. Even if your company is hauling heavy loads, you should still consider changing to a bicycle operation. I have no idea how you would accomplish this, but I am here to discuss safety, not logic. 8. Your company drivers have better things to do. They cannot be taken off the road to attend some useless driver safety course. That will reinforce the notion that

    Jul 14,
    - by Michael
  • Written By: Al Costa In the past weeks we've seen how Brazil has been considering increasing the amount of ethanol mixed in gasoline. The mix, which historically has been at a whopping 25% (the world's largest), is receiving strong pressure from the local sugar cane producers to go to 27.5%, as a means to encourage ethanol sales and thus help a currently depressed industry. To that end, the government asked for studies on the technical impact on engines and asked 10 weeks for it. Surprisingly however, last week it announced the mix would only increase 1% to be just 26%. Producers were outraged to learn that from the local media and asked for a revision. So the government had to

    Jul 11,
    - by Michael
  • According to the National Safety Council, the leading cause of workplace deaths is car crashes. The most recent report notes that in 2012, there were 2.3 million collisions that caused injuries, of which 33,561 were fatalities. These statistics don't include commuting to and from work. However, when we factor that in, the total loss in wages and productivity is estimated at $380 billion. Driver safety programs like BrightFleet can reduce collisions up to 63%. Providing a safer work environment is something that's not only common sense, but can be good business sense as well, resulting in lower insurance costs, fewer lost man-hours, reduced risk of losing key people, and reduction in corporate liability. For many of us, the last formal

    Jul 09,
    - by Michael
  • Cooperation between various divisions of government is the hallmark of a new initiative in the State of Iowa. According to the Mason City Globe Gazette, public officials from the governor's office, to transportation, public health and public safety agencies, are urging individuals to direct full attention to the road, with a goal of zero fatalities for Iowa families. The article notes that car accidents are the second leading cause of trauma-related injuries and deaths in Iowa. Promoted through a combination of media outlets, this program is an expansion of last years' efforts which were directed specifically at Interstate 80. Iowa suffered more than 300 traffic fatalities in 2013, and through the first six months of the year, statistics were tracking

    Jul 06,
    - by Michael
  • Does your company employ persons who drive while at work? If so, your business is vulnerable to vicarious liability or negligent entrustment claims. How do these claims arise? If your employee, driving a vehicle while on company time, causes damage or injury, your business may be found liable. Typically, these claims rest upon a showing that your company was aware, or should have been aware, that the particular driver wasn't competent, was inexperienced, not properly trained, or in some manner unsuitable to operate the vehicle at that particular time. How can you guard against negligent entrustment? A new white paper, "Understanding Negligent Entrustment Issues When Employees Drive on Company Time" sets forth five key factors: 1.Select your drivers carefully --

    Jul 01,
    - by Michael

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