National Safety Month – Week 4 – Driving

Michelle MachenOur Stories, Safety

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.

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.