Safety share: Scary statistics, U.S. pedestrian accidents on the rise
The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2016. That’s the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities, and the highest number in more than two decades.
One-third of pedestrian deaths in parking lots are caused by vehicles backing up, based on National Safety Council data. Even though many vehicles have backup cameras, the lenses may be restricted by snow or other debris so they are not always effective.
Protect yourself by doing these three things
- Be more visible. Make eye contact with vehicle drivers before walking in front of or behind their vehicles.
- Avoid distractions when walking. Put away your phone. If your conversation cannot wait until you arrive at your destination, go to a safe area — away from traffic — and finish your text message or phone call.
- Be alert to the terrain. Look where you are walking. Avoid puddles, patches of ice and potholes.
Additional information is available in this safety share, courtesy of Katherine “Kathy” Obmascik (BIS). Please print this information and use it to help kick off a team discussion at your next meeting with colleagues and/or staff.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).