Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common causes of work site injuries. With so many professionals using vehicles, from automobiles to large trucks, it's no wonder vehicle accidents pose such a risk.
Knowing the risks associated with your vehicle is the best way to stay safe. Below we've outlined some tips for reducing injuries when it comes to operating vehicles on the job.
OSHA tracks statistics related to vehicle safety. The numbers show how dangerous work vehicles can be:
- From 1992 to 2001, half the workers who died on the job did so in motor vehicle accidents.
- Seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% for people in cars and by 60% for people in trucks or SUVs.
- Seat belts save 14,000 lives every year in the United States.
What does this mean for you? Seat belts can be your number one defense when it comes to staying safe in a vehicle. Every state has seat belt laws, which means you are required to wear a seat belt at all times. This, of course, includes when you are driving as part of your job duties. Seat belts alone, however, aren't your only defense. What else can you do to stay safe?
- Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Whether you drive a company car, construction equipment or a semi-truck, maintenance is key.
- Make sure you have the proper training. Know how to handle your vehicle and all of the safety measures associated with the equipment you operate.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. It's simple and straightforward, but being attentive is always your best defense.
Operating vehicles safely and efficiently is the number one way to avoid injuries from accidents.