NIOSH seeks feedback on preventing work-related motor vehicle crashes

A leading cause of fatal injuries in the workplace, cost employers $25B in 2013, agency reports

Posted September 16, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking input on the progress and future direction of its Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS). The CMVS, and its partners, conducts research and develops strategies to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes and injuries.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related injury deaths in the United States, according to NIOSH. Between 2003 and 2014, 22,000 workers died in work-related motor vehicle crashes. In 2013 alone, motor vehicle crashes at work cost U.S. employers $25 billion — $65,000 per nonfatal injury and $671,000 per death. The risk affects workers in all industries and occupations, whether they drive heavy or light vehicles on the job.

The agency is looking to ensure that the program is:

  1. Addressing goals outlined in the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety: Strategic Plan for Research and Prevention, 2014-2018;
  2. Meeting stakeholder needs; and
  3. Working effectively toward its overarching purpose of preventing work-related crashes and injuries.

A public web-based meeting was held on September 14 on the future directions for the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. The agency said all presentations and slides, will be recorded, transcribed, and posted as well as all relevant comments received.

Written comments submitted to the docket must be received by October 14, 2016. You may submit written comments, identified by CDC-2016-0067 and Docket Number NIOSH 270-A, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

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