Each day, thousands of Minnesota workers travel major thoroughfares in designated company vehicles to get from one destination to the next. While operating a company vehicle can provide a plethora of benefits, conveniences and flexibility for workers and employers alike, it also presents risks associated with potential car accidents.
For companies wishing to encourage their employees to operate their vehicle safely and in compliance with organizational policies, taking proactive precautions can help reduce the chances of accidents occurring. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, there are steps that responsible employers can take to encourage driver safety including the following:
- Budgeting for accidents: Even though optimistic thinking is never a bad idea, employers who do not adequately budget for potential accidents could be left with major consequences if one happens. Companies should effectively budget by implementing an effective workers’ compensation program, planning for accidents and properly allocating resources to cover costs if something happens.
- Safe driving programs: One of the best things an employer can do is to create and implement a safe driving program. Through adequate education, management can encourage driver safety and provide incentives to employees who abide by the rules.
- Employee education: Companies should set aside the time to provide educational opportunities to their staff regarding safe driving practices. When properly informed, employees with company-issued vehicles can feel more confident about operating their car in a way that is both safe and efficient.
Recent studies reported by OSHA indicate that nearly a quarter of all workplace fatalities in the year 2015, were roadway accidents.