Employer health care (medical) spending for motor vehicle crashes was $7.7 billion in 2000. Another $8.6 billion was spent on sick leave and life and disability insurance for crash victims. Traffic safety programs provide an alternative to reduce these costs without reducing the benefits offered to employees.
Protecting employees from motor vehicle crash injury can be a profitable investment of time and resources. In fact, eliminating alcohol-impaired and unrestrained driving could reduce employer costs by $15 billion annually.
Developing a proactive traffic safety program is one of the best ways to control costs from workplace vehicle crashes.
A blueprint for such a program can be found in the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) Traffic Safety Primer, which suggests the following 10 steps to improve safety and minimize crash risk:
- Senior Management Commitment
- Written Policies and Procedures
- Driver Agreements
- Motor Vehicle Registration Checks
- Crash Reporting and Investigation
- Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection
- Disciplinary Action System
- Reward/Incentive Program
- Driver Training/Communication
- Regulatory Compliance