How can employers reduce workplace vehicle accidents?
Workplace vehicle accidents happen more often than you may realize in Minnesota. It is such a problem in this country that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put together specific safety advice to help employers minimize accidents involving workplace vehicles. Following these tips from OSHA can help you to ensure your employees are safer and prevent the expenses that result from accidents.
Keeping vehicles and employees safe starts with having a solid plan. You should establish rules, regulations and guidelines for the use of company vehicles and driving while on the clock. Employees should be trained in safe driving practices, including wearing seat belts, avoiding distracted driving and not driving when tired. You can implement programs, such as the NETS 10 Step Program, which encourages involvement of everyone in a company, along with proper vetting of employees who will drive, regular vehicle maintenance and strong policy creation.
A safe driver program can also be beneficial. A program like this should stress proper driving practices. It should teach employees how to proper secure loads, and encourage general awareness when behind the wheel. You should also stress zero tolerance for intoxicated and aggressive driving.
Finally, you should make sure you are following all laws. Do not let unlicensed workers behind the wheel, even on job sites. Do not let underage drivers operate vehicles, especially if they are not covered by your insurance or are prohibited by law to drive on the job. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.