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Fleet Management

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every five seconds a crash occurs in the United States. These types of incidents impact your workforce, employee morale, productivity and costs.

Improper maintenance and/or lack of instruction or awareness on proper operation of fleet vehicles can also put employees and your business at risk. For today’s fleet manager, the safety of your employees and others on the road is a large responsibility.

Who should have a fleet management safety program?
A fleet management safety program is essential for any business that has employees using fleet vehicles to conduct business. Examples include:

  • Construction drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Trucking or route drivers
  • City or other maintenance drivers

The cost of an accident
Not implementing an effective fleet management safety program puts lives at risk and could be a very costly mistake. An accident can involve the following costs that your business will have to cover:

  • Medical care
  • Emergency Services
  • Towing
  • Increase in insurance premiums
  • Liability claims
  • Rehabilitation
  • Life insurance
  • Damage to property and vehicle
  • Damage to municipality or utility property
  • Decreased productivity

The time it takes internally to deal with an accident and its aftermath can cost you extra man hours in planning, scheduling, administration, training and more. To get a better understanding of the costs that can be associated with an accident, review the OSHA Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers Worksheet .

Benefits of a fleet management safety program
Reducing accidents and protecting your employees are the main reasons for having a fleet management safety program. But there are several other benefits that can result from an effective fleet management safety program. These can include:

  • Increased employee productivity
  • Greater employee well-being and satisfaction
  • Positive public and government approval
  • Greater operational efficiency
  • Lower fuel and maintenance costs
  • Higher resale value for fleet vehicles

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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