Human beings are poor judges of risk. People worry more about getting bit by a snake than catching the flu. But they have a much greater chance of dying from the flu than a snake bite. Humans worry about tornadoes, but there’s a much greater chance that they’ll slip in their kitchen and die from the injuries of the fall. The most dangerous thing that your people do is drive a vehicle on the roads. There’s far more risk associated with driving than there is with any other work activity your people do. But this is rarely understood. Remind them almost daily that a lot of things can go wrong while driving and that is where their greatest risk is.
Make no mistake about it; driving is the most dangerous thing your employees do. This worker was on his way to bravely risk his life in a fight against a forest fire. Sadly, he died in a traffic accident before he was even able to arrive to the scene. Your employees have people counting on them, and they face enough risk on the job. Work with Public Service Safety to keep them safe on the way there, and back to their families when their work is done.
Tuesday morning September 11 at about 5:45 a.m., Antonio
We love to see transportation departments taking the well-being and safety of their workers seriously. Clearly, you can’t count on the amateurs out there on the road with them. Just like the article points out, amateurs will speed in construction zones. They’ll refuse to move over for road workers. Worst of all, they’ll drive distracted. They behave in unbelievably unsafe ways every day which puts your employees at risk. The only issue is, that isn’t changing anytime soon. It’s always important to raise awareness, but that sort of change happens over years – maybe even decades. Control what you
Your employees face tons of risk when they’re out on the job. The biggest risk of all? The drivers they’re sharing the roadways with. Whether your employees are working along the roadway, driving, or stopped at a traffic light, their biggest risk is the deadly mistakes amateur drivers make. Every accident is preventable. That’s why it pains us to see stories like this one. We see them almost every day. We don’t have all the details to this accident, but what we do know is when you train and educate your employees on the mistakes other drivers make, your
This case has been dragged out for two and a half years. The outcome can never change. In Spring of 2016, tragedy struck the Missouri Department of Transportation as a worker lost his life flagging traffic. The driver, who was operating the vehicle without insurance, swerved to avoid hitting stopped traffic and is now charged with felony assault. Maybe your workers know to maintain a safe following distance to avoid accidents like this one, but do they know enough about the people who share the roads with them? When you partner with us, your workers will be more