MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY AT WORK
Motor Vehicle Crash Facts
Millions of workers drive or ride in a vehicle as part of their jobs, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States.1 All workers are at risk of crashes, whether they drive light or heavy vehicles, or whether driving is a main or incidental job duty.
Leading cause of work-related deaths
From 2003-2016 there were over 25,000 work-related motor vehicle deaths in the United States.1
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Crashes are costly to employers
Get the numbers: NETS, Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers – 2015
Fatal work-related crashes – the details
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that in 2016:2
- 1,252 U.S. workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle on a public road died in a work-related crash (24% of all work-related deaths).
- Among these 1,252 deaths, the Transportation and Warehousing industry had the highest share (37%), followed by Construction (12%), Wholesale and Retail Trade (10%), and Agriculture (7%).
- The highest proportion of roadway fatalities involved semi, tractor-trailer, and tanker trucks (39%), followed by 13% in pick-up trucks and 10% each in delivery trucks/vans and automobiles.3
- An additional 587 deaths in 2016 (11% of all work-related deaths) involved workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle off a public road, or pedestrians struck by motor vehicles. 2
- Bureau of Labor Statistics [2004-2017]. TABLE A-2. Fatal occupational injuries resulting from transportation incidents and homicides, all United States, 2003-2016.
NOTE: Most of the vehicles associated with workplace MVC fatalities are “motorized land vehicles,” (e.g., cars, trucks, buses, vans), defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as those “which are operated primarily on highways and other public roadways and used for transportation, hauling, delivering, and emergencies.” However, some fatalities, particularly those which occur off public roadways, involve industrial vehicles such as farm tractors, mobile machines such as cranes and pavers, and all-terrain vehicles.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics . TABLE A-2. Fatal occupational injuries resulting from transportation incidents and homicides, all United States, 2016.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics . Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2016. Create customized tables.
- Page last reviewed: January 26, 2018
- Page last updated: January 26, 2018
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research