If you have company vehicles that employees use on a regular basis in Minnesota, you probably often worry about how well they are driving and how they behave when behind the wheel. You have every right to be concerned since you will ultimately end up at least somewhat liable for what they do when driving your company vehicles. Plus, your insurance will reflect your employees' habits and mistakes. Thanks to technology, you can monitor your employees' habits, but is this legal?
Minnesota companies that manage a fleet of employee-operated vehicles face a unique set of risks as they rely on their workers to be trustworthy in driving work vehicles safely and responsibly. While it would be ideal for management to rely completely on their workers understanding of traffic laws, they cannot control what their workers choose to do while behind the wheel. If companies are to effectively get their product or service to waiting consumers, they have to actively encourage driver safety and efficiency among fleet members.
If the nature of your business requires you to rely on your employees to deliver products and services by transporting them to consumers, you face a unique set of risks tied to managing a fleet of employee-driven vehicles. While it would be convenient to rely on the responsibility and vigilance of your employees to drive safely and follow the rules of the road, it is often easier said than done. At Fellman Law Office, we have helped many employers in Minnesota to learn about effective ways to encourage their employees to drive safely.
As a business owner, you make proactive efforts to protect your workers and initiate responsible behavior to encourage safety and efficiency. You are aware that an unexpected visit from OSHA regulators could be detrimental to your company's ability to continue to operate and perform successfully. However, there may be times when you are left to wonder if there is anything you are missing that could help you to be better prepared for a sudden inspection. At Fellman Law Office, we have helped many Minnesota companies work their way through legal consequences following an OSHA violation.
If you operate a forklift at your Minnesota workplace, you should have already received training specific to this type of motor vehicle. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration acknowledges a number of risks that frequently lead to on-the-job injuries. One major hazard is the tipover.
The manufacturers of passenger vehicles recognize the dangers of driving in reverse, and many vehicles now include cameras. However, on the construction site in Minnesota, you may be working around heavy equipment that not only does not have cameras, but also has large blind spots and many obstacles to avoid. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out the risks of backover accidents and provides safety tips to prevent workers from becoming statistics.
The employee drivers that keep your organization running are critical to the success of your company, but careless or distracted behavior and poor decision-making skills can put the lives of other Minnesota motorists at risk if your employees are dangerous drivers. Additionally, avoidable accidents can tarnish the reputation of your company and leave you with long-term damages. Fortunately, with proactive employee training and education, you can encourage your employees to operate their vehicles safely and in compliance with company-issued protocols.
Workplace safety in Minnesota is often highly encouraged and taught through informative trainings, hands-on experience and observation. However, even the most rigorous protocols are sometimes incapable of preventing accidents and injuries from occurring on a job.
People often recognize the hazards that construction workers face or the risks associated with repetitive strain. However, it is important to remember that work accidents take all sorts of forms, such as those which occur in traffic. From taxi drivers to truckers and employees running errands, there are many ways that workers are hurt on the road. Moreover, these crashes can cause all sorts of hardships, from injuries to the loss of life. Furthermore, these accidents can result in post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you are one of the many members of the Minnesota workforce who operate an employee vehicle as part of your job, you may be well aware of the importance of abiding by a superior standard of conduct. More importantly than maintaining your reputation as a respectful employee of your employer, your efforts to follow the rules of the road and drive safely can better protect yourself and other drivers on the road. At Fellman Law Office, we are familiar with the unique risks faced by workers who are trusted with company vehicles.