Local Safety Organization Focuses on Transportation and Teen Safety Issues During National Observance
Cranford, NJ, May 03, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Local members of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (NJASSE), a state affiliate of the oldest and largest safety society, are concerned that the number one cause of on-the-job and off-the-job deaths continues to be transportation incidents – all modes. Therefore, in celebration of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) which runs from May 4-10, 2014, the NJASSE along with thousands of other organizations, will be working to raise awareness of the importance of preventing on-the-job and off-the-job accidents, by distributing transportation best practices information and urging all to heed to traffic rules and regulations.
According to United States Department of Transportation-National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 5,615,000 million vehicle crashes resulting in 36,200 people dying and injuring 3.9 million more. In the U.S. alone, car crashes cost all of us $276.6 billion each year. In addition, males made up approximately 70 percent of those who died in transportation accidents in 2012, 30 percent were female and as for weather conditions, in the U.S. the majority of crashes occur during normal weather during daylight hours.
The top factors causing fatal crashes are 1) failure to keep in proper lane or running off road; 2) driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed limit; 3) DUI; 4) failure to yield right of way; 5) distractive driving/inattentive (texting, talking, eating, etc.); 6) operating erratic, reckless, careless, or negligent manner; and, 7) failure to obey traffic signs, signals or officer, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.
The State of New Jersey’s experience is not unlike that of the nations. In fact, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, in 2012 there were 293,595 motor vehicle crashes. 589 motor vehicle related deaths which represents a 3.4% increase over the prior year.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation reports that there were over 50,000 teenagers injured in New Jersey as a result of motor vehicle related incidents in 2012 and in that same year 46 teenagers lost their lives on New Jersey roadways.
Finally, as millions of teenagers begin to enter the workforce this year, The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (NJASSE) will be encouraging teenage drivers to become more aware of the many hazards that they may face in the workplace, by providing educational materials to the local high schools.
Founded in 1911, ASSE is made up of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals committed to protecting people, property and the environment so we urge people to drive wisely, follow traffic laws and rules, and to devote one's full attention to the driving task at hand. The ASSE also urges law enforcement officials to continue to crack down on those that break traffic laws and state and federal officials to continue to upgrade our roads and bridges. Finally, to our children’s educators and parents, become actively involved in helping your children to find a safe job so their first experience in today’s workplace will be a positive one.
Businesses can and are doing their part by reviewing their driver safety policies, most are including an element that would prohibit workers from conducting business on a cell phone while driving, mandating seat belt use and developing work schedules that allow employees to obey speed limits and to follow hours-of-service regulations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a website loaded with important information for parents and educators to use in helping our teenagers to select an appropriate summer job.
The NJASSE believes that there is a need to continue to do our part to curb these preventable tragedies and urge drivers to support NAOSH Week this May 4-10, and throughout the year by urging your friends, family and co-workers to drive smart. The tangible and intangible losses due to transportation crashes are extremely high. To learn more about NAOSH Week and to learn more, please visit the website at www.njasse.org.
Together, let’s make a difference.