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Rise in on-the-Job Motor Vehicle Deaths Spurs Safety Concerns

Aug. 30, 2017, 10:22 PM

Roadway accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in the U.S., but the safety issue remains outside the jurisdiction of the nation’s primary workplace safety agency—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

To fill the void, safety organizations are pushing for employers operating fleets of passenger cars and small trucks not covered by workplace safety regulations to start voluntary programs emphasizing training, maintenance, and tracking driver performance.

“The companies that are the most successful are the ones that look beyond requirements,” Lisa Robinson, a National Safety Council advocate for employer transportation safety, told Bloomberg BNA.

The call from safety promoters ...