525,600 minutes: make them all count

By Glenn McGinley, Director,PERRP picture Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program

It’s orange barrel season, but, summer isn’t the only time to think about sharing the road safely. Each year is made up of 525,600 minutes and each of those minutes count and require focus and attention when you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Whether you operate a motor vehicle or are working in a roadway right-of-way you face a real risk of serious injury or death. Statistics can be overwhelming but here are a few numbers that emphasize the magnitude of this hazard.

In 2014 there were 32,675 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States. That means every 16 minutes someone died on a roadway. Ohio ranked eighth deadliest with 1006 of those fatalities—nearly  three highway fatalities every day.1

Nationally, 116 workers were in a fatal work zone accident in 2014 and six of those were Ohio workers that didn’t return home at the end of their work day.2   Each and every person that perished in those accidents was someone’s father, mother, son or daughter. Every second counts and every life matters.

That’s why  BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene is committed to reducing the risk of injury to workers  in work zones and in all workplaces across the state. Our multi-disciplinary teams help employers and employees recognize existing and predictable hazards in their workplaces and provides strategies and suggestions for improvements that will help protect workers.

The Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) recently posted a PERRP Work Zone Safety Alert (PSA) to bring attention to the hazardous conditions employees face in work zones. The PSA provides information about training, work practices and controls that may be necessary to reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatal work zone related accidents.

PERRP provides compliance assistance services to government agencies and conducts occupational safety and health enforcement inspections for those agencies. To learn more about PERRP or to request information, visit our web site or send an email to PERRPRequests@bwc.state.oh.us. For more information on work zone safety, visit www.workzonesafety.org.

 

1National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

2United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

 

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