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Heads Up – Cross Safely

Gregory Nadeau with the U.S. Department of Transportation pointed out in “Seven Ideas for Safer Streets in 2017” that the majority of pedestrian deaths occur at uncontrolled crossing locations such as mid-block intersections or intersections without signals.  You can reduce costs at your workplace by diving into  The Problem of Distracted Walking.

A couple of tips to share:

  • Apply the “be here now” concept when walking to recognize and avoid distractions
  • Don’t carry too much; you need your arms to maintain balance and stability

Pedestrian injuries and fatalities have risen in recent years.  Off-the-job behaviors such as distracted walking result in more than 80% of employer fringe benefits costs.

— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council

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