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Utah Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
Can Your Business Survive The Skyrocketing Costs Of Traffic Crashes?
Each year, traffic crashes cost U.S. companies over $53 billion. In Utah, there are approximately 270 fatalities each year due to traffic crashes. A motor vehicle crash occurs in Utah about every 10 minutes, and traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the workplace. (Source: Utah Department of Public Safety 2010 Crash Facts, NSC Injury Facts 2011 Report).
Every company is vulnerable to traffic crashes. When an employee is involved in a crash, either on or off the job, costs are incurred. Like many employers, you may not even realize the countless direct and hidden expenses of crashes. These can have a devastating impact on your financial stability. In addition to health care and property damage, consider other substantial costs such as temporary staff, lower productivity, and higher insurance premiums.
The Solution: Utah NETS! An effective employee traffic safety program through the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) can help control these costs and save lives. The Utah Safety Council, through NETS, works to reduce traffic crashes, the primary cause of lost work time and employee fatalities. Utah NETS helps employers implement well-developed policies, dynamic workplace programs, and community activities, and can help reduce traffic crashes involving workers in your organization.
The workplace is a natural setting for distributing traffic safety messages. As an employer, you can help your employees avoid traffic injuries and deaths, while protecting the bottom line profits of your business. By developing policies, offering incentives, and educating employees, companies can save lives and costs associated with traffic crashes. By increasing traffic safety in your organization, you demonstrate your concern for the well being of each employee and their families.
Benefits of Utah NETS
The Utah Safety Council urges companies to take advantage of this opportunity to encourage employees to prevent one of the most common, but also one of the most easily prevented causes of injury and death. For more information, companies located in Utah may contact Jennifer Williams, Traffic Safety Program Manager at 801.746.SAFE (7233) ext. 303, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For companies located outside of Utah, please contact NETS National at 703.273.6005 or visit the NETS National Home Page to locate your state's NETS coordinator.
Occupant Protection Award
The Occupant Protection Award is presented to organizations that encourage seat belt use among employees and achieve usage rates of 95% or higher. The benefits gained are numerous. The company will help save lives, act as a role model for other companies and be recognized for its efforts. The company will be presented with an award for their success at the Utah Safety Council's 2013 Annual Meeting in the fall of 2013.
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