Distracted Driving Safety Alert for Operators and Drivers

June 28, 2016

Did you know the risks of using a cell phone while operating equipment can be up to six times worse than the risks of operating equipment while intoxicated?

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have jointly developed a new safety alert that emphasizes the hazards of distracted driving while on the worksite. The alert is the latest project from the AEM/MSHA Alliance, which focuses on best practices to minimize risks in equipment operation and maintenance.

Similar to campaigns that discourage distracted driving by on-road motorists, the AEM and MSHA initiative seeks to alert contractors and equipment operators, as well as workers driving around a jobsite, to the hazards of cell phone use while operating a vehicle - on or off-road.

Using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation on the 6,000 auto deaths each year caused by cell phone-caused distracted driving, AEM and MSHA highlights these key points on their downloadable alert:

  • 46 states have laws banning texting while operating a vehicle.
  • Writing or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds - at 55 mph, that's like driving the length of football field blindfolded.
  • Drivers using a cell phone to over 2X as long to react to a red light than a driver who was legally impared by alchol.
  • The risks of operating mobile equipment while intoxicated are widely known, but using a cell  phone can be up to six times worse.

Download the AEM/MSHA Distracted Driving Alert here and post it on your company's bulletin board and website. Use the companion handout in safety talks with workers.

Put safety first - keep distractions out of reach.