Monthly Archives October 2014

Startling facts about distracted driving

Distracted driving is deadly behavior. It consistently ranks as one of the traffic safety issues at the forefront of many drivers’ thinking. Distraction contributes to more than 3,000 traffic fatalities each year. BLR points out some startling statistics below.

Don’t assume that your employees “get it” when it comes to the risk in distracted driving. Help protect them from themselves by sharing these startling facts with them. According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.

  • In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and more than 420,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted driving.
  • Crashes involving a distracted driver cost about $46 billion per year.
  • Using a cell phone is more likely to lead to a crash or near crash than other forms of distraction, primarily because ...
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10 Elements to a successful driving safety program

Establishing and executing a safety policy lays the foundation for a successful safety program. It allows you to provide your drivers with written documentation explaining the importance of safety to your business, and what will and will not be tolerated. BLR outlines 10 elements that will help with a successful policy.

According to September 2014 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal transportation incidents were down 10 percent in 2013, but still accounted for about two out of every five fatal work injuries in 2013. Of the 1,740 transportation-related deaths last year, nearly three out of every five (a total of 991) involved motorized land vehicles.

Nonroadway incidents, such as a tractor overturn in a farm field, accounted for another 13 percent of transportatio...

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Driver training should be policy-driven, targeted on distracted driving, says expert

Distracted driving continues to be an epidemic on our roads. Cell phones, talking to passengers, reaching for objects such as laptops, tablets, and purses, GPS, chatting, texting, and tweeting, MP3 players, personal grooming, and eating and drinking are only a handful of the many distractions on the road today. Help raise awareness of this dangerous practice among your employees with high-impact, policy driven training. BLR provides useful information to help you get started.

Driver training should be policy-driven, targeted on distracted...

It’s Drive Safely Work Week, so you may be thinking about what you can do in your own workplace. When it comes to making an impact on your workers, driving policies and training are arguably the most powerful tools you can use.

Brandon Dufour knows a lot about driver training...

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The business case for driving safety

For employers, it is likely that implementing a strong driving safety program outweighs the cost of NOT having a program in place at all. So many things to consider in the calculation of costs for a motor vehicle accident: wages and productivity, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor vehicle damage, and employers’ costs which represent the money value of time lost by workers, time spent investigating and reporting injuries, giving first aid, production slowdown, training of replacement personnel, and the extra cost of overtime. Review some of the average costs to employers pertaining to motor vehicle accidents BLR shares below.

According to September 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal transportation incidents were down 10 percent in 2013, but still acco...

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It’s Drive Safely Work Week: Road safety is key component of employer’s safety culture

Driving is the most dangerous thing people do everyday, yet traffic safety gets little notice. Improving traffic safety involves what highway patrol officers refer to as the “Three E’s’  – Education, enforcement, and engineering.” Although employers must leave the engineering up to the experts, in this case, the Department of Transportation, company leaders can and should adopt principles of road safety for all employees, not just business drivers, as a core value of their organizations safety culture. BLR helps us recognize the importance and the need for extending employer safety programs to include driving safety for “all” employees.

October 6 through 10 is Drive Safely Work Week 2014. The theme for DSWW 2014 is “Driving Your Safety Culture Home.”

The Network of Employees for Tra...

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Prevent spread of new viruses through hand hygiene

You have a sudden fever, aches, chills, and tiredness. Symptoms of ebola virus, Enterovirous D68, and influenza. October to May is flu season in the United States. Be an advocate in the prevention of disease simply by promoting the importance of hand hygiene. BLR outlines the proper hand washing techniques below.

Washing Hands

With the spread of the ebola virus and Enterovirus D68 in the news, and flu season just beginning, it is time to again focus on prevention of the spread of disease, especially through hand hygiene.

At a press conference on ebola, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said “It’s a virus that’s easy to kill by washing your hands….”

The CDC says hand hygiene is a simple thing and is the best way to prevent infection and illn...

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Domestic violence: A workplace problem employers can’t ignore

Staggering Statistics:  one in four women and one in ten men in the US experience domestic violence. The many domestic violence cases recently promoted through media channels, has raised awareness to the escalating problem. As an employer, have you reasonably addressed this issue in order to ensure a safe workplace? This is something every employer should explore! BLR; Meagan Newman, JD, and  Seyfarth Shaw give us true insight into the matter and how we can prepare for it.

domestic violence message in botttle

The Ray Rice situation—its prominence in the media, the discussion it has sparked beyond the realm of sports, and the awareness it has raised to the problem of domestic violence—should cause all employers to pause and consider their workplace policies and culture...

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