The Best Offense is a Good Defense! Or Something Like That!

Millions of workers drive or ride in a vehicle as part of their jobs, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S.

According to a report funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Crashes Cost Employers $47.4 Billion in 2013. The crash rate and these costs continue to increase. The best offense is a good defense! If I knew sports better, my analogy might be a little better.

From 2003-2016 there were over 25,000 work-related motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. On-the-job vehicle crashes have a devastating impact on workers and their families, communities and businesses. In 2013 alone, motor vehicle crashes cost U.S. employers $25 billion — $671,000 per death and $65,000 per nonfatal injury. Workplace crashes affect businesses through lost productivity, medical and workers’ compensation costs, liability and can damage an organization’s reputation.

All workers are at risk of crashes, whether they drive light or heavy vehicles, or whether driving is a main or incidental job duty. Businesses can save money through an on-going transportation safety program within their health and safety management systems.

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