Safer, SafeStat, CSA. Compliance focus; followed by awareness, defensiveness, evaluation, and still more compliance focus.
It’s incredibly time consuming and may lead us to believe we are actually making safety results.
In the meantime, our work comp costs are escalating and lost-time injuries are destroying the health and family life of drivers, dock staff, and mechanics. Thousand of drivers are injured so badly they will never drive again.
Ten years ago, I did not have a single client with work comp costs that exceeded auto liability costs.
Now, I have a dozen. And…a dozen fleets are asking for solutions —- now!
Do you know the work activity that created the greatest claims cost over the past 3 years? Is it enter/exit cab; crashes; loading cargo; tarping loads; securing loads; or using pallet jacks?
You should know your fleet’s 3-year history.
It’s not useful to know you had 15 sprain/strain muscle events.
It’s very useful to know that you had 10 enter/exit cab injuries with aggregate costs of $500,000.
Knowing the specific work activity (enter/exit cab) allows you to create a loss prevention plan and sell that plan to your management team.
How is your fleet performance compared to the national average?
That information does not come from the FMCSA; you will need to research data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According the BLS, the lost-time injury rate for Truck Transportation is 3.3 injuries per 100 workers.
If you have 300 workers (all drivers, mechanics, and office staff) and 13 lost-time injuries per year you are performing 31% worse than the national average.
If you have 300 workers (all drivers, mechanics, and office staff) and only 7 lost-time injuries per year you are performing 30% better than the national average.
It’s time to get back to real safety results and reduce those painful lost-time injuries.