National Safety Month – Week 4 – Driving

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The same safe driving practices that apply to personal driving should be practiced when driving at work whether on the road or when driving industrial vehicles such as a forklift. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace deaths, and pedestrian fatalities are on the rise.
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Think through on-the-job risks to stay safe around vehicles in your workplace:

  • Use crosswalks and designated walkways to stay clear of vehicles.
  • When working near forklifts and similar vehicles, wear safety vests for extra visibility.
  • Avoid audio, visual and cognitive distractions to stay aware of the vehicles around you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Report hazards such as wet floors or torn seat belts to keep yourself and your co-workers safe.
  • Always use signals and lights when driving, and give pedestrians the right of way.
  • Obey posted speed limits and signs.