Motor Vehicle Safety
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Table A-6. Fatal occupational injuries resulting from transportation incidents and homicides by occupation, All United States, 2010 (PDF), more than 1,766 deaths a year result from occupational transportation incidents. That number is more than 38 percent of the 4,547 annual number of fatalities from occupational injuries. Fatal transportation incidents were lower by 10 percent in 2013, but still accounted for about 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2013. More... (PDF).
OSHA requirements for the motor vehicle industry are addressed in specific standards for agriculture and marine terminals.
How do I find out about employer responsibilities and workers' rights?
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.
OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Small business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation program to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. Consultants in this program from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.
If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.
- Preventing Backovers. OSHA, (2013).
- The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has partnered with the Department of Transportation in Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) 2014. They also provide distracted driving resources and meaningful education and awareness activities to keep workers safe.
- Safe Driving Practices for Employees (PDF*). OSHA Quick Card. Provides a list of safe driving practices in English and Spanish.
- Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes (PDF). OSHA/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) Publication. Represents a joint effort to reduce motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries in the nation's workforce.
- Motor Vehicle Safety Facts (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet. OSHA in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a promotional campaign, "Every Belt - Every Ride" at the National Safety Congress.
- Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium. OSHA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), (2004). Joint OSHA/NHTSA Safety Symposium held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, LA. There were panel discussions on the value of Seat Belt Programs and how to manage them effectively.
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