Work-related vehicle accidents in Minnesota are a cause for concern because they occur too often. Not only are employees at risk but companies also face issues when there is an accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has offered some helpful advice and guidelines to help you and your employer minimize accidents.
Employers should put safety programs into place to help train you to drive more safely. They should conduct regular inspections on vehicles and keep them maintained in proper working condition. Your employer should also offer incentives for good driving and have a clear system for handling violations.
While your employer should always promote good habits behind the wheel, it is ultimately up to you as the driver to follow through. You should make sure to always wear your seatbelt and follow all traffic laws. If you will be hauling materials, you should be properly trained on how to secure them and how to check your load to ensure it is secure. Finally, you should never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and avoid driving when tired.
You and your employer should also be aware of all government regulations that may affect the use of a work vehicle. This may include those from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Employment Standards Administration, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation and OSHA. While this information should not be taken as legal advice, it can help you understand the process and what to expect.