A Significant Rise in On-The-Job U.S. Highway Deaths Raises Safety Concerns

According to Bloomberg News: “Roadway accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in the USA, but the safety issue remains outside the jurisdiction of the nation’s primary workplace safety agency — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA].”

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City traffic, but this is by no means the most dangerous place for your employees to drive. We cover all major aspects of defensive driving on our ADoNA courses, not just 5 or 6, and we follow global safety research and best-practices throughout. (Copyright image.)

A particularly worrying aspect of this situation is that between 2011-2015 the number of work-related highway deaths in America increased by 15%, which was five times more than the upturn in the overall number of occupational fatalities (3%), according to Bureau of Labor [BLS] statistics.

During 2015 (i.e. the latest available statistics), according to federal figures, 1,264 workers died in highway crashes. That represents 26 percent of the year’s total work-related deaths of 4,836, and it is therefore the most common cause of worker fatalities.

One thing which is not made clear in the official figures is whether they include or exclude highway deaths which occur while the people concerned are actually commuting to or from work, which — although a very secondary concern to the tragic bereavements — still has financially very damaging overtones for the employers concerned.  However, judging the above figures against those from other developed nations, it is our opinion at Advanced Drivers of North America [ADoNA] that commuting deaths are definitely not included in the current U.S. data and that in this context the “real” number of deaths is very significantly higher than stated.

In our driver safety training for Fortune 500 client-companies, our training has produced multi-year reductions of 50 percent in fleet crashes and over 80 percent in injuries (based on National Safety Council collision type analysis).  If you would like us to work with your team, with the objective of creating very significant collision reductions, please get in touch via our Courses page.

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Read: Rise in on-the-Job Motor Vehicle Deaths Spurs Safety Concerns, from Bloomberg News.

 

 

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Video: The Immense Danger Caused by a Drunk Driver

In this ‘dash cam’ clip, a drunk is seen driving very dangerously indeed.

I confess that when I first watched this, I was silently hoping the car would run off the road, for the simple reason that this would hopefully limit the number of people s/he could potentially hurt or kill.

The reason for showing this clip on the ADoNA website is to reinforce the point that it can be very risky indeed to enter a ‘blind’ section of road — any part of the road that is hidden from your view — too quickly, because you never know what might be there or coming towards you.  There’s a lot more to it than just your speed, however (see below).

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Indeed, on one occasion when I was in Iowa, instructing two young men out of hundreds that we trained for a major subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, we were heading back to their base and they were visibly starting to lose concentration as the end of the day came closer.  However, the one that was driving approached a blind hillcrest (knoll) poorly and I got him to sharpen up and approach it in the way I had taught him earlier.  Even so, all three of us were taken aback when a large pick-up truck came barreling over the hillcrest entirely on the wrong side of the road, in total contravention of the solid double-yellow lines.  Both ‘my’ young men physically screamed but because of our adjusted approach the likely head-on collision was completely averted — a very satisfying ‘day at the office’ for me 😀

If you want your people to be better protected from bad incidents, without the seriously increased risk that comes from evasive-swerve or skid-recovery training, kindly take a look at our  Courses page then Contact Us with your questions.

In the meanwhile, the most important thing you can do when driving is abide by The Golden Rule of Safe Driving.

Please feel free to share this article with any friends or colleagues you might have in the fleet safety field.

Eddie Wren, CEO & Chief Instructor — Advanced Drivers of North America