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Work Related Crashes : Incidence & Remedies. Jeff Michael Director, Office of Impaired Driving & Occupant Protection National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . People Saving People. Work–Related Crashes . 10-Year History of Work Related Crashes

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Work Related Crashes:Incidence & Remedies

Jeff Michael

Director, Office of Impaired Driving & Occupant Protection

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

People Saving People


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Work–Related Crashes

  • 10-Year History of Work Related Crashes

    • NIOSH, September 2003, by Stephanie Pratt

  • Recommend Employer

    -Based Interventions


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Work–Related Crashes

  • Leading cause of occupational fatality

    • More than 1,300 deaths /year between 1992 and 2002

    • Accounted for 23% of all occupational deaths in 2000

    • While other causes of occupational death decreased, crash fatalities increased steadily between 1992 and 1999


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Who is Involved?

Number of Work Related Deaths 1992-2000


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Who is Involved?

Age

Number of Work Related Deaths 1992-2000


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Who is Involved?

Age

Rate of Work Related Deaths 1992-2000 per 100,000 FTE


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What Type of Crash?

Number of Work Related Deaths 1992-2000


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What Type of Crash?

Percent of Work Related Deaths 1992-2000


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Driver-Related Crash Factors

  • Too Fast for Conditions

  • Failure to Stay in Proper Lane

  • Running Off the Road

  • Inattention

  • Failure to Yield Right of Way


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Safety Belt Use Among Crash Fatalities 1997 - 2002


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Potential Benefits of Belt Use

  • Safety belts can save 1 of every 2 unbelted fatalities, so…

  • Of the 1,300 work related fatalities each year, about 2/3 are unrestrained (860)

  • One half of these, or about 430 employees, could be saved each year.


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What Works?

Education, followed by Policy & Enforcement

= Increased Belt Use




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www.nhtsa.dot.gov

www.safercar.gov

www.cdc.gov/niosh


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