martes, 24 de marzo de 2015

CDC Vital Signs Report on Trucker Safety: Using a seat belt matters

CDC Vital Signs Report on Trucker Safety: Using a seat belt matters
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information.
More Truckers Need to Buckle Up

Buckling up is both effective and required by federal regulations; however, 1 in 6 drivers of large trucks don’t use their seat belts according to a recent CDC Vital Signs report. In 2012, more than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Buckling up could have prevented up to 40% of these deaths.
Crashes involving large trucks are the leading cause of on-the-job death for truck drivers in the US, and they continue to take a toll on truck drivers, their passengers, other road users, businesses, and the community.
There are three big risks to truck driver safety:
  • Not using a seatbelt
    Using a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent injuries or deaths in a crash.
  • Drowsy driving
    Getting good sleep each day is important to truck drivers’ safety and health. Sleep-deprived people do not recognize how poorly they are performing; they tend to think they are doing better than they are.
  • Distracted driving
    Distracted driving occurs any time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving.
What Can Be Done
  • Employers can
    • Commit to driver safety programs at the highest level of leadership.
    • Establish and enforce company safety policies, including seat belt use requirements for truck drivers and passengers as well as bans on text-messaging and use of handheld phones.
    • Involve workers in decisions about how to put seat belt programs in place.
    • Schedule trucks drivers with enough time for adequate sleep.
    • Educate truck drivers about ways to avoid distracted and drowsy driving.
  • Truck drivers can
    • Wear their seat belts every time, every trip.
    • Insist that their passengers also wear their seat belts.
    • Follow regulations that prohibit truck drivers from text messaging or using a handheld cell phone while driving a truck.
    • Learn how to avoid drowsy and distracted driving in order to protect themselves and others.
  • States can help increase seat belt use by truck drivers through high-visibility enforcement of seat belt laws by state troopers and motor carrier safety inspectors.
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