RMSC Safety Sentinel – March 2014

RMSC Safety Sentinel - March 2014
March, 2014

Text Messaging as Driver Distraction

Each year more workers are killed in motor vehicle collisions than by any other cause. In 2010, more than 3000 workers were killed and 416,000 became injured in motor vehicle collisions that resulted from distracted driving. As the number of text messages increases, so do fatalities on the road way. Studies indicate that for each increase in 1 million text messages sent, fatalities for distracted driving increased over 70%. Drivers sending or receiving text messages took their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this is the equivalent of driving a football field in a blindfold – or two city blocks in some areas.

Employers should prohibit any text messaging while driving. Teach employees that the vehicles are “text-free zones”. Establish procedures and rules which do not make it necessary to text while driving as a part of their duties. Set up clear procedures, times, and places for the drivers’ safe usage of texting and other communications technologies. Eliminate any financial (or other) incentives which could encourage texting while driving.

Stress Relief at Work

Stress is the body’s natural response to pressure, tension and change. A little stress is good. It can sharpen your senses, and actually increase performance. However, too much stress can be harmful to both your body and mind. If is possible to manage stress but you must choose to take positive actions as a matter of routine. Here are 10 tips to help keep stress in check:

  1. Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
  2. Plan and prioritize. Make reasonable “To Do” lists and try not to add to them.
  3. Be flexible. Go with the flow and learn to accept what you can’t change
  4. Make time in your schedule for fun and relaxation.
  5. Talk out your problems with a trusted friend, co worker or relative.
  6. Break down big projects into small tasks.
  7. Chase stress away with humor. Share appropriate jokes with co workers, and post funny cartoons on bulletin boards.
  8. Take short stretch breaks during the day.
  9. When things get tense, close your eyes and take 10 slow, deep breaths.
  10. If you have persistent, stress related physical or emotional problems, don’t hesitate to consult a counselor, or your primary care physician.

For additional information on these, or other occupational safety and health topics, please contact: Jeff Rausch at 502-708-3124 or jrausch@rmsc.com.

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