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State Fund Rolls Out “Fleet Safety” Workshops Across California

May 14, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of work-related injuries:

  • Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash.
  • Every 10 seconds an injury occurs.
  • Every 5 seconds a crash occurs.

The financial impact is also substantial. Employers bear the cost for many of these incidents when they occur during the workday while employees are conducting business in a company car. In fact, with motor vehicle crashes:

  • The costs include workers’ compensation, auto, and employer liability insurance.
  • Employers pay $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity.

To help address these issues, State Compensation Insurance Fund, as part of State Fund’s Employer Education Series, is partnering with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Cal/OSHA Consultation Service to present a number of Fleet Safety workshops statewide. Entitled “Have Drivers? Fleet Safety,” the workshops are offered at no charge.

The first workshop in the series took place in Sacramento on April 22, and State Fund currently has 14 more scheduled throughout California for June through October 2008. Details of workshops, including locations and times, are available online and will also be publicized in local newspapers.

Conducted by the CHP, each presentation is designed for employers who manage drivers as part of their business operation. Interactive modules enable attendees to create individualized fleet safety programs.

In the concluding session of each presentation, a Cal/OSHA Consultation Service representative shows attendees how to implement fleet safety within their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Topics during this session include:

  • A Company’s Safety Culture
  • Employee Safety
  • Education
  • Awareness
  • Safe Operation of Vehicles

Each workshop provides attendees with important informational material.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Headquartered in San Francisco, State Compensation Insurance Fund is California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance with approximately 200,000 policyholders. Established by the Legislature in 1914, State Fund is a nonprofit, self-supporting, fairly competitive public enterprise that serves a dual role as both a market of choice and the safety net for California employers seeking workers’ compensation insurance.

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