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SAFETY 101: MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY FACT SHEET
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in partnership with the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a promotional campaign, "Every Belt  Every Ride" at the National Safety Congress, September 14, 2004 in New Orleans to encourage federal workers to wear seat belts every time they ride in a vehicle on public business.

Costs of Traffic Crashes
  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of on-thejob fatalities in America. 1
  • From 1992 to 2001, half the federal workers who died on the job lost their lives in transportation incidents. 2
  • In Fiscal Year 2003, at least 28 federal workers were killed in job-related traffic crashes and about 8,000 more were injured. 3
  • Over the past five years, the U.S. government has paid out nearly $75 million in medical and compensation costs linked to federal employee injuries and deaths related to motor vehicle
    crashes. 4
Seat Belts Save Lives
  • Using seat belts cuts the risk of death by 45% for people riding in cars and by as much as 60% for those traveling in trucks or SUVs. 5
  • Seat belts save 14,000 lives each year and every state in the nation has a law mandating seat belt use. But 20% of Americans still fail to buckle up.6
  • Federal employees are required to wear seat
    belts  every time they travel on public business as passengers or drivers  by Executive Order 13043.
  • Every Belt  Every Ride seeks to remind federal employees of the life-saving value of seat belts and their obligation to use the safety devices in government vehicles, private cars and taxies, whenever and wherever they go on public business.
References
1 Pegula, Paul S., Fatal Occupational Injuries to Government Workers, 1992-2001, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004.
2 Pegula, Paul S., Fatal Occupational Injuries to Government Workers, 1992-2001, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
3 U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. Data prepared by OWCP for OSHA.
4 U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. Data prepared by OWCP for OSHA.
5 U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Safety Belt Use in 2003-Use Rates in the States and Territories.
6 U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Occupant Protection Use Survey, June 2003.


Acknowledgments:
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA





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