In the United States, motor vehicle-related incidents is the leading cause of workplace fatalities with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that two out of every five fatal work injuries in 2012 were the result of transportation incidents.
To decrease and hopefully one day eliminate these horrific occurrences, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) kicked off its national Drive Safely Work Week on Monday.
The campaign, which will take place through Oct. 11, encourages workplaces to promote safe driving education and distribute safe driving materials for its employees and their families. It was created with input from NETS's member companies, which represent more than half a million vehicles traveling over 10 billion miles around the world annually.
The theme of this year's campaign is "Gear Up for Safe driving- Mind Body Vehicle" and the materials revolve around how the combined maintenance of these three components—mind, body and vehicle—are essential to be a safe driver. Highlighted issues within the materials include the importance of having regular vision screenings; how to be well-rested and properly fueled for sustained energy and focus; making sure your vehicle undergoes preventative maintenance; and obtaining the right fit in your vehicle to have the best field of vision and comfort.
“There is a natural, yet potentially over-looked connection between wellness and road safety,” Sandra Lee, NETS chair and director of worldwide fleet safety for Johnson & Johnson, said in a statement. “This year’s campaign highlights that connection and offers practical steps that can be taken to improve both physical and mental fitness for drivers of all ages.”
While the campaign is observed in the beginning of October, the materials are relevant all year round and can be used at anytime.
More than 2,500 organizations, which represent approximately 13 million employees, are expected to participate in the campaign this year. Roughly 3,500 organizations have participated in the campaign over the past three years.
Materials for the 2013 campaign are available for free on NETS website.
Edited by Alisen Downey