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September 28, 2016

Workplace Road Safety News

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RoadRISK® Assessment Tool Free with DSWW Kit

The RoadRISK® proactive driver risk assessment is designed to help drivers assess their probability of being involved in an incident or collision. The tool is available as part of a free, comprehensive online toolkit employers can download for Drive Safely Work Week™ 2016 at The toolkit is designed to help employers plan for the annual workplace safe driving campaign that takes place October 3-7 and is targeted to all employees-company drivers and commuters alike. The eDriving RoadRISK assessment is highlighted as a recommended campaign activity to engage employees and to kick off the first of five themed days.

NIOSH Launches Business Pulse: Motor Vehicle Safety at Work

NIOSH recently worked with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Motor Vehicle Safety at Work. This interactive resource can help employers prevent work-related crashes by providing them with information on the human and economic impact of workplace crashes, policy checklists, and more. Crashes remain the leading cause of injury death at work. Crash risk affects workers in all industries and occupations, whether they drive heavy or light vehicles, and whether driving is their main or incidental job. In addition to having a devastating impact on workers and their families, friends, and communities, workplace crashes are costly. In 2013 alone, on-the-job motor vehicle crashes cost U.S. employers $25 billion. Motor vehicle crashes are complex events, so preventing them demands a multi-pronged approach. Learn more about best employer practices and policies to keep workers safe on the road in a new Q&A.

Traffic Fatalities Increased Sharply in 2015

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The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2% increase in deaths from 2014. The final data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed traffic deaths rising across nearly every segment of the population. Almost half of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts - 48% of those killed in 2015 were unrestrained. The last single-year increase of this magnitude was in 1966, when fatalities rose 8.1% from the previous year. In response to the increase, DOT, NHTSA, and the White House are issuing an unprecedented call to action to involve a wide range of stakeholders in helping determine the causes of the increase. NHTSA will share its Fatality Analysis Reporting System with safety partners, state and local officials, technologists, data scientists, and policy experts. And private sector partners using new data collection technologies will be offering access to unprecedented amounts of data and new visualizations tools. "The data tell us that people die when they drive drunk, distracted, or drowsy, or if they are speeding or unbuckled," said NHTSA. Read more.

Truck-involved Fatalities Increased 4.4% in 2015

Truck-involved crashes resulting in fatalities increased by 4.4% in 2015 over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's final 2015 fatalities report released at the end of August. NHTSA's report says there were 4,067 truck-involved fatalities, which is the highest number since 2008. Of the 4,067 fatalities, 667 (16.4%) were occupants of the trucks, 10.1 percent were non-occupants and 73.5% were occupants of other vehicles. NHTSA's report doesn't account for crash fault. In total, there were 35,092 people killed in crashes in the U.S. in 2015, a 7.2% increase from 2014, which is the largest increase in highway fatalities since 1966, according to NHTSA. There was also a significant increase in the number of people injured in crashes in 2015, rising from 2.34 million in 2014 to 2.44 million in 2015. These numbers are slightly lower than NHTSA predicted in its preliminary report released in July. Review the final report.

Take Employee Defensive Driving to the Next Level

As an employer, how do you keep your employees and fleet of vehicles safe on the road? It's no secret defensive driving and safe driving go hand in hand when it comes to employee safety. From defensive driving to critical maintenance, read this post for 3 safety tips you - and your employees - should be following. Read more.

A Boston law firm has prepared an extensive article on auto accidents, including statistics, causes, prevention and what to do in the event of an accident. Read it here.

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