NSC, OSHA to Host Panel to Address Traffic Fatalities as Leading Cause of Workplace Death

The event on April 10 draws particular attention to distracted driving during monthlong observance.

March 29, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Driving is the leading cause of work-related death each year in the United States, with nearly 40% of deaths on the job occurring on American roads according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A major contributing factor to road deaths each year, including work-related fatalities, is distracted driving, which takes thousands of lives on the country’s roads annually and leaves even more people seriously injured. 

To address this heartbreaking reality and the need for key stakeholders to come together on these intersecting safety topics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Safety Council are convening a panel discussion on the critical role employers play in roadway safety, Roadway Safety is Workplace Safety: The Need to Eliminate Distracted Driving, on April 10 during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Douglas L. Parker and NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin will be joined by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman, National Transportation Safety Board member Michael Graham and a representative of the private sector.

“Since their establishments, NSC and OSHA have worked with employers to improve safety outcomes for workers,” Martin said. “Roadway safety is an integral component of workplace safety, and employers can make a difference in keeping those who drive to, from and for work, as well as those who share the road with them, as safe as possible. We are proud to host this event with our partners at the Department of Labor and look forward to bringing leading workplace and roadway safety voices to the table to address these issues and save lives.”

“Transportation incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death among America’s workers. Understanding the risks of distracted driving is critical to protecting not only workers while on the road but those around them,” Parker said. “OSHA wants to make sure that employers know their responsibility to have policies in place for safe driving practices, including work practices and procedures that do not contribute to distracted driving.”

The event takes place at the U.S. Department of Labor at 2:30 p.m. (ET) April 10. It is open to the public. Register to attend in person or virtually.

About the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit osha.gov.

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for 110 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace and roadways. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.

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