The safety of the employees and the general public should always be the highest priority of any motor carrier. Workplace injuries and auto crashes have long been major concerns for most companies. The concern is well placed. Auto crashes still account for the highest number of severe injuries and fatalities in the workplace. According to the "2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview" published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways in 2012. Corresponding with the increase in behind-the-wheel distractions, there has been a 3.7 percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also stated in their "Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2012" that transportation incidents accounted for more than 2 out of every 5 (41%) fatal work injuries in 2012.
In order to establish a work environment in which safety is truly valued a number of actions must be taken by the organization. The first step will always be a diagnosis and assessment of the current work structure. The organization needs to understand the extent of its safety concerns and identify those areas which are most problematic. Diagnosis is a systematic approach to reviewing the injury, crash and compliance history along with the identification of corresponding training and responsibility. An evaluation of the quality and adherence to the current safety process will lead to an overall assessment of the safety culture of the carrier.