Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death on the job, accounting for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Department of Transportation has now launched a national campaign to stop texting while driving and other distracted driving hazards. To learn more, visit www.distraction.gov/.
OSHA reminds employers that they have a responsibility to protect their workers by prohibiting texting while driving. It is a violation of the OSH Act if employers require workers to text while driving, create incentives that encourage or condone it, or structure work so that texting is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job. For more information, including a Distracted Driving brochure, visit OSHA’s Distracted Driving Web page