October 4-8: Campaign to Prevent Work-Related Car Accidents

As we mentioned in our August 13 post, car and truck accidents are the most common type of work-related fatal accidents. Additionally, when it comes to motor vehicle accidents during the course of employment, distracted driving is one of the leading culprits. Tragically, distractions like texting and cell phone use while driving are a growing cause of workers' compensation claims and wrongful deaths.

On September 21, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced that OSHA will be taking on a leadership role in promoting work-related driver safety. The announcement, made in concert with David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA alerted employers that OSHA will be investigating on-the-job car accidents and examining work rules for employees who drive on the job.

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