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July 18, 2016

Using Seat Belts is Good for Business. New Website Offers Free Employer Toolkit.

NOTICE Seat belts must be worn in this vehicle at all times
Using a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent injuries or death in a crash, says NIOSH. Not wearing a seat belt has a $4.9 billion direct effect on employer crash costs. This includes crashes off-the-job involving employees and their dependents, in addition to on-the-job crashes

To combat the problem, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) recently launched the 2Seconds2Click™ campaign to help employers save lives by promoting seat belt use on and off the job. The site includes free materials for a 6-week employee engagement campaign designed to educate workers on the importance of wearing a seat belt on every trip.

“2Seconds2Click™ is a low-cost campaign, requiring very little management time, and the benefits from preventing an injury — or worse — are immeasurable,” said Jack

Hanley, NETS’ Executive Director. “We encourage employers to take advantage of this easy-to-use toolkit that has been shown to produce results.”

For an employer, an on-the-job fatal crash is 10x more costly on average than a non-fatal injury, which is 10x more costly on average than a property-damage-only crash. Costs per employee injured in a crash on the job average $48,000 unrestrained, far exceeding the $25,000 cost if restrained.

It only takes about two seconds to buckle up. For workers, that small amount of time can make a big difference when it comes to reducing chances of injury or death in a crash. It may also mean the difference in how costly the crash is for employers.
As part of your workplace motor vehicle safety program, require the use of seat belts at all times by all drivers and passengers.

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