Work Safe


Virtually every company has an obligation to protect its employees on the road, whether it’s getting individuals to and from work safely or managing an entire fleet. Understanding the importance of transportation safety and committing to a safety program can go a long way toward getting your company on its way to an accident-free milestone.

Do I really need a transportation safety program?
When you’re weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to transportation safety, consider these alarming statistics:

  • Traffic accidents are the #1 way to die on the job, in all business sectors
  • In the United States, roughly 50,000 people die in vehicle crashes each year
  • Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash
  • Every 10 seconds an injury occurs, and every 5 seconds a crash occurs

Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol

What’s the real cost of traffic accidents?
The costs of traffic accidents go far beyond the damages to the vehicle itself, especially when you consider these indirect areas of impact:

  • Morale
  • Group health insurance costs
  • Effects on family members
  • Loss in productivity
  • Skills replacement
  • Tight employment market
  • Cost of hiring new employees

The average workers compensation cost associated with a non-fatal vehicle accident is $31,000 and the average cost of a FATAL vehicle accident is $468,000. Use the Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes worksheet to calculate the potential costs to your company.

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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