Join the Road Safety at Work Week Movement: March 2-6
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths among workers in BC. In order to create awareness around this issue, WorkSafeBC and the Justice Institute of BC are launching the first annual Road Safety at Work Week awareness campaign, taking place March 2 to 6, 2015.
Employers are responsible for their workers safety, including when they are behind the wheel. Employers, managers, and workers can all help improve road safety awareness and implement safe driving practices. A few important statistics to keep in mind and share with others to increase awareness include:
- An average of 23 workers are killed in BC each year, and another 1,290 are injured, due to motor vehicle crashes while driving for work.
- Of 269 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in BC in 2013, distraction was a contributing factor in 77 of those deaths (29%).
- It is estimated that texting while driving increases crash risk by up to 23 times.
Using phones while driving creates a serious hazard, and can result in property damage, injuries, and in some cases death. Road Safety at Work is encouraging employers, managers, and workers to join a growing trend toward phone-free driving. To take the phone-free driving pledge, visit www.roadsafetyatwork.ca.
For more information about the information in this article, please see First Annual Safety at Work Week March 2-6 by the BC Trucking Association (February 19, 2015).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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