The MCAA is continuing efforts to educate members about the risks of taking your eyes - or mind - off the road with the Distracted Driving Reduction and Prevention Guide.
The guide defines distracted driving and uses statistics
to demonstrate why contractors should be concerned.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation statistics on
distracted driving are pretty alarming,” said Tom Skaggs, chairman of the
Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s Safety and Health Committee and
vice president of safety for the Murphy Co.
He cited 2009 government statistics about the problem.
“More than 5,400 people died in crashes linked to
distracted driving, and thousands more were injured in those crashes,” Skaggs
guide tells contractors to implement a written policy and training to combat
distracted driving, and consider using technology to reduce the problem.
“MCAA and MSCA (Mechanical Service Contractors
Association) recommend that mechanical industry employers take steps to help
reduce distracted driving in their companies,” said MCAA Director of Safety and
Health Pete Chaney. “MCAA’s Safety and Health Committee believes that following
the recommendations in the new Distracted Driving Reduction and Prevention
Guide will make your workers, whose job descriptions include driving,
cognizant of the hazards associated with distracted driving, and reduce the
risk of accidents related to distracted driving.”
“The bottom line is the human brain is completely
incapable of multitasking,” he said. “The better job we do of educating
contractors, the better it is for everyone who’s out there on the road.”