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    Transportation | Injury prevention

    NIOSH releases safe driving fact sheets for teen workers

    September 11, 2013

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    Washington – Two new fact sheets from NIOSH provide information aimed at helping young workers drive safely.

    Motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of on-the-job deaths among workers 16 to 24 years old, according to NIOSH. Risk factors include driving inexperience, overestimating driving skills, immaturity, being distracted by talking on a cell phone or eating, and fatigue.

    One fact sheet provides advice for employers, such as:

    • Only allow workers 18 or older to operate vehicles
    • Require safety belt use
    • Provide driver training
    • Make sure the vehicle is in proper working condition
    • Implement adverse weather policies
    • Schedule work so drivers can safely make time-sensitive deliveries

    A second fact sheet has tips for parents of young workers, including:

    • Be aware of the tasks involved in the teen’s job
    • Talk about driving in bad weather
    • Emphasize the importance of wearing safety belts, obeying the speed limit and maintaining a safe following distance
    • Ask if the employer has provided driver training
    • Be alert for signs of fatigue in your teen