Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages. Crashes on and off the job have far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their coworkers and families, and their employers.
You need a Fleet Safety Program:
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Accidents are more expensive than most people realize because of the hidden costs. The more accidents that occur in a workplace, the higher the costs — both in direct costs paid by insurance premiums and greater uninsurable indirect costs.
Typically, companies will suffer from the more numerous indirect costs that are not usually covered by any insurance. In fact, studies show that the ratio of indirect costs to direct costs varies widely, but may be as high as 20:1. The magnitude of indirect costs is inversely related to the seriousness of the injury. The less serious the injury the higher the ratio of indirect costs to direct costs.
Below are examples of direct and indirect costs of accidents in the workplace:
Direct costs (insurable)
Indirect costs (uninsurable)
As you can see, there are many possible indirect costs associated with each accident. Every accident prevented represents potentially huge savings to the company.
The following worksheet, developed by OSHA, NETS and NHTSA, will help employers understand the impact of motor vehicle crashes. Accident costs are classified as direct and indirect:
You can use the worksheet to illustrate the cost of one crash, or you can apply it to all crashes experienced in a chosen time frame within the organization. Just click on the link below.
Mission: Your program should work to keep the driver and those with whom he/she shares the road safe. And, if necessary, the program must work to change driver attitudes, improve behavior, and increase skills to build a "be safe" culture. To do that, it's important to educate the driver to improve attitudes. Improved attitudes will influence decision-making, behaviors, and ultimately driver performance.
Elements: By instructing your employees in basic safe driving practices and then rewarding safety-conscious behavior, you can help your employees and their families avoid tragedy.
Your Fleet Safety Program should at least include the following elements:
The following 10 Action Steps, originally developed by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), will help you, as the employer, improve your fleet safety performance and minimize the risk of fleet motor vehicle crashes. Following these steps helps to ensure that you hire capable drivers, only allow eligible drivers to drive on company business, train them, supervise them, and maintain company vehicles properly.
Although the term "steps" implies that the employer climbs one step at a time, we recommend working on each of these steps in parallel.
Think about developing a team to work on these steps:
Unlike other workplaces, the roadway is not a closed environment. Preventing work-related roadway crashes requires strategies that combine traffic safety principles and sound safety management practices. Although you cannot control roadway conditions, you can promote safe driving behavior by providing safety information to workers and by setting and enforcing driver safety policies. Crashes are not an unavoidable part of doing business. You can take the following actions to protect employees and the company.
We will be covering all of these topics in the upcoming modules of the course.