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Work-related roadway crashes. Prevention strategies for employers. Roadway crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.

Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-136, 2004 Mar :1-2
Between 1992 and 2001, 13,337 civilian workers died in roadway crashes, an average of 4 deaths each day. Roadway crashes led all other causes, making up 22% of workplace deaths, compared with 13% from homicide and 10% from falls (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries). In 2000, lost wages and benefits for crash victims (occupational and non-occupational) were $61 billion. Costs to employers due to the loss or absence of an employee from work accounted for $4.6 billion more (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). For employers and victims, a workplace crash can have far-reaching financial, medical, and legal consequences. Who is at risk? Anyone who operates a motor vehicle as part of his or her job is at risk of being involved in a roadway crash. In 2001, nearly 4.2 million U.S. workers were motor vehicle operators; 73% were truck drivers. Roadway crashes are by far the leading cause of death for transport workers. Millions of other workers who are not full-time professional drivers operate company or personal vehicles for deliveries, sales and repair calls, client visits, and many other tasks. Roadway crashes are also the leading cause of death for workers in clerical and professional specialty jobs, and the second leading cause for executives, sales workers
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Motor-vehicles; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs; Statistical-analysis
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health