#YHSafetyTips - Company Vehicles

Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Dec 28, 2016

There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind when driving a company vehicle. Not only do you have the responsibility of keeping yourself and other drivers safe, you are also responsible for keeping the companies assets safe.

Below are some statistics on the frequency of motor vehicle accidents.

As an employer, one way to keep your employees safe is to set up a safe driving program. Accidents can be very costly, not just in monetary terms. They can also cause psychological effects to the employees involved in the accident as well as their coworkers and families. Having a driver safety program for your employees can:

  • - Save lives and reduce the risk of life-altering injuries within your workforce
  • - Protect your organizations human and financial resources
  • - Guard against potential company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business

Some other things to keep in mind to help keep your employees safe while driving include:

  • - Keeping your parking lot well lit and well maintained.
  • - Make sure roadway and parking spaces properly striped and clear of debris and snow

As an employee you can help keep yourself safe by following these guidelines:

  • - Ensure that all materials are secure for transport. If a crash occurs, and there are loose objects in the vehicle, this can become an entirely different type of hazard.
  • - Wear your seatbelt at all times when operating a vehicle
  • - Pay Attention at all times. 25-30% of all traffic crashes involve a distracted driver.
  • - Never drive any vehicle, company or personal, while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • - Do not drive if you are feeling fatigued. Be well rested for work if you know you will be driving a lot
  • - Do not drive aggressively

You can view a downloadable PDF on safe driving practices for employees from OSHA here.

And for more information you can check out OSHAs article here.

Check back next week when we cover anxiety awareness in the workplace.

If you missed last weeks post on winches, you can find that here.

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