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The Problem of Distracted Walking

Distracted walking can be very dangerous.Crosswalk Distraction

Whether you’re using your cell phone or reading a document off the printer, you can miss hazards such as surface and elevation changes. These are very common contributing factors to injuries and near-misses for employees.

What Employers Can Do

In the spirit of keeping your coworkers safe, please intervene. It can be as simple as saying, “Please be careful!” It’s a helpful way to show you care about your coworker’s safety. Also, don’t forget to set a good example by refraining from distracted walking yourself.

Safety Tips

How to prevent distracted walking:

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device
  • Do not walk with headphones in your ears

How to avoid slips, trips and falls:

  • Walking is working, so avoid walking distracted and stay focused on your surroundings
  • Apply the “be here now” concept when walking to recognize and avoid distractions
  • Wear shoes that are slip-resistant and that provide support to the ankle
  • Don’t carry too much – you need your arms to maintain balance and stability
  • Take your time and don’t rush – we can wait an extra minute for your safety

Texas

  • In 2017, there were 614 pedestrian fatalities, a 9.7% decrease from 2016, according to TxDOT.
  • TxDOT data indicates fatalities involving cyclists decreased by 13.6% in 2017
  • Governors Highway Safety Association findings reveal Texas is one of 13 states with pedestrian fatality rates per 100,000 population greater than 1.0; In 2018, New Mexico ranked No. 1 when states were sorted by fatality rate (2.26) and Texas ranked 11th (1.04)

Nationwide

  • An estimated 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2018, according to the GHSA
  • Since 2013, pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs increased by 50%, compared to 30% for passenger cars
  • What about cities? GHSA examined FARS data and concluded pedestrian fatalities held steady or dipped slightly in 9 of the 10 U.S. cities with the largest populations during the period from 2016 to 2017, including Houston (79 to 73),  San Antonio (64 to 45) and Dallas (57 to 52)