The highways aren’t getting any safer for American workers. In fact, the tragic numbers are mind-numbingly consistent year in and year out.
Between 1994 and 2007, between 1,343 and 1,442 American workers died in highway-related incidents in each and every year. That’s according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And 2007, which provides the most recent data, was right in line. The final tally: 1,414.
Why aren’t the numbers improving? One reason may be that business drivers are at best, apathetic about safety, and at worst, downright resistant.
A recent study suggests that more than 40% of those drivers would not be open to road safety training — or at least that their managers think they wouldn’t be. And less than a quarter of managers thought their drivers would “definitely be willing to take part in road safety training.”
The study was done in England, but based on the discouraging yearly numbers here, it’s reasonable to wonder whether we have the same problem.
What do you think? In your experience, how do business drivers respond to safety training? Is there a way to improve the numbers? Share your thoughts in the Comment Box below.