Cranford, NJ, April 29, 2015 --(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 3-9, 2015, 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.
In 2013, there were 5,419,000 million vehicle crashes resulting in 32,800 people dying and injuring 3.9 million more. In the U.S. alone, car crashes cost all of us $277 billion each year. Males made up approximately 70 percent of those who died in transportation accidents in 2013, 30 percent were female.
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.
The State of New Jersey’s experience is not unlike that of the nations. In fact, in 2013, there were over 240,000 motor vehicle crashes. 589 motor vehicle related deaths which represents an 8% reduction over the prior year. There were over 55,000 teenager motor vehicle related incidents in 2013 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, NJASSE will be encouraging them 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 they urge people to drive wisely, follow traffic laws and rules, and to devote one's full attention to the driving task at hand. The NJASSE 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 NJASSE urges you to 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 teenagers to select an appropriate summer job.
Let's continue to do our part to curb these preventable tragedies. The NJASSE urges you and your readers to support NAOSH Week this May 3-9, 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 see what their partners are doing, please visit their website at www.njasse.org.
Together we can make a difference.
American Society of Safety Engineers
Bob Sagendorf, 908-276-1000
NAOSH Week Chairrsagendorf@eiielectric.com