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Company Distracted Driving Policies to Reduce Work Injuries

Steve Wagner

Did you know that drivers who are operating any type of cell phone (including hands-free devices) are 4 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash than any other drivers?

In a recent study done by the National Safety Council, it was estimated that an average of 25% of all accidents are caused because of the use of a cell phone. What does all of this mean for workplace safety? In recent years, with the increases in technology and the demands on workers getting higher and higher, many people feel pressured to perform their jobs at an unhealthy level, fulfilling work tasks around the clock, even when they are out of the office.

Often, this means employees are working in their cars. Whether the work consists of a phone call, checking or responding to emails, or doing research on the internet, this pressure to work at an increased rate is costing the lives of many each year.

In fact, as far as on the job safety is concerned, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of work injuries in the United States. The fastest way to cut down on workplace motor vehicle accidents is to tell workers to get off their phones and implement a policy that releases them from the need to use a phone while operating a vehicle!

If your company does not yet have a cell phone/hands free device driving policy in effect yet, take the initiative and help them do the right thing for your workplace. No one should feel pressured to use a phone while they drive, and companies who do not have distracted driving policies in place to protect their workers are paying dearly for these mistakes.

To learn more about how to implement a policy against cell phone usage in company vehicles, visit the National Safety Council, and help your company get on the right track. If you have been injured on the job, give the work comp lawyers of Wagner Reese a call today for more information on how we can assist you.

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