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ASSE Urge Motorists To Drive Smart
September 10, 2010

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) reminds motorists that many of the vehicles on the road are there as part of the job such as utility workers, emergency responders, law enforcement officials, truckers, postal workers, construction workers, farmers, and millions are traveling to and from their job.

Since 1992, transportation incidents have continued to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths – in 2009, 40 percent of all U.S. workplace fatalities were transportation related.

“These crashes are preventable,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said. “We must all do our part to prevent roadway crashes. Pay attention, don’t text and drive, don’t use the phone and drive, don’t speed, and obey all traffic laws.

Many occupational safety, health and environmental professionals develop and implement workplace safety transportation procedures for their employers. These procedures are aimed at preventing and reducing transportation incidents. Businesses alone pay about $60 billion a year in medical care, legal expenses, property damages, lost productivity and increased workers’ compensation, social security, and private health and disability insurance costs as well as for the administration of these programs due to roadway crashes.

To assist ASSE members and the public, ASSE’s free Prevent Roadway Crashes brochure is available here.


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