|American Society of Safety Engineers Offer Businesses, Motorists Driving Safety Tips for Holiday|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 14:13|
DES PLAINES, Ill. — As millions hit the road as part of their holiday celebrations, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is offering driving tips to help motorists get to their destinations safely, whether for work or for leisure and during good or inclement weather.
"With a predicted 43.6 million people expected to be on the road this Thanksgiving, we urge people to drive safely and be aware of the fact that there are still millions of people on the road as part of their job," ASSE Transportation Practice Specialty Administrator Brian S. Hammer said today. "Transportation incidents continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S. today, representing 41 percent of fatal workplace injuries in 2011. Everyone must do their part to prevent these tragedies and make sure everyone has a great holiday."
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that unlike other workplaces, the roadway is not a closed environment. Although employers cannot control roadway conditions, they can promote safe driving by providing safety information to workers, well-maintained vehicles and by setting driver safety policies. To protect their employees, many employers:
For more tips go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/twu/ or http://www.asse.org/newsroom/presskit/brochures_en.php.
Employers whose employees drive in areas that experience cold and inclement weather should consider equipping each vehicle with a winter storm kit that includes blankets, a flashlight, cell phone with charger and extra batteries, a shovel, first-aid kit, non-perishable food, extra warm clothes, and water container. Hypothermia is a potentially dangerous exposure during extremely cold winter months. People can suffer from hypothermia when they lose body temperature in cold weather as a result of exposure.
For travel planning, it is suggested that employers and employees should: 1) plan ahead and allow plenty of time to travel – that businesses maintain information on employee driving destinations, driving routes and estimated time of arrivals; 2) make sure vehicles are winterized – before driving have a mechanic look at the battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, tire tread and oil level and carry a windshield scraper for ice and snow removal; 3) check weather conditions from the National Weather Service which provides weather reports and alerts; and 4) make sure the vehicle has the correct tires for the road conditions.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), statistics show that in 2010 the majority of fatal accidents occurred during normal weather and in the daylight. The DOT statistics show that of the 32,885 people killed in roadway incidents in 2010, 22,902 were male.
ASSE notes some of the leading causes of fatal roadway crashes are failure to keep in the proper lane or running off the road; driving too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limit; driving under the influence; failure to yield the right of way; distracted driving; operating in an erratic/reckless manner; and, failure to obey traffic signs, signals. For holiday motorists, ASSE suggests these additional tips to help increase roadway safety during winter weather travel:
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Ill.-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It has more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members. Please go to www.asse.org/newsroom/safetytips/distracteddriving.php or www.asse.org for more information on transportation safety tips.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 14:25|