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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Ensuring driver safety is the biggest priority of fleet managers, according to a survey conducted at the 2014 NAFA Institute and Expo by GE Capital Fleet Services. With more than a third (35 percent) of fleet managers identifying it as their main concern, driver safety outpaced cost-savings goals and workforce productivity (27 percent and 22 [...]
Failing to Implement Cell Phone Policy If you’ve not heard, a mother of two was killed as they crossed the street by a SDG&E company driver that police suspect was distracted while driving. The family of the victim has filed a negligence lawsuit against SDG&E for allegedly not having a cell phone policy in place. [...]
Minicars generally fared poorly in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newest and toughest trial. Of the 11 minicars tested, none achieved the institute’s highest rating of Good. Only one – the Chevrolet Spark – achieved the next highest rating of Acceptable. The others received ratings of either Marginal or Poor, the lowest rating. The two [...]
General Motors said Friday that they will recall 370,000 full sized pickups due to fire risks posed by a software bug that may cause the engine to idle incorrectly, overheating elements of the exhaust system. GM confirms that there have been at least 8 fires cause by the software problem, which sometimes causes a "check [...]
The Center for Truck and Bus Safety studied carrier crash data from DOT and (14) participating commercial fleets to study the effectiveness of on-board safety systems (OBSS) in reducing or preventing collisions. Today's modern trucks commonly feature one or more of OBSSs to help the driver mitigate or avoid a crash. Examples of commonly deployed [...]
Policy and Common Sense It's important to demonstrate that your employees comprehend and understand the policies you work so hard to create. Considering that your average worker reads at a 6th grade level, and your policies are written (and/or vetted) by attorneys, there is need to focus on communication of policy principles using plain language [...]
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation recently released a paper (.pdf) citing several early studies that indicate driving with "voice to text" texting technology is still a major distraction for drivers, and dispels the myth of employees being able to "multitask" during "windshield time". The crash risk associated with hands-free texting while driving is not as [...]