Motor Vehicle Incidents

Motor Vehicle IncidentsWhat are motor vehicle incidents?

In the past 20 years, the number of Ontario citizens who died or were injured as a result of motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) has been trending downwards, making our province a road safety leader in North America. Yet, according to the WSIB (2005-2009):

  • motor vehicle collisions on Ontario roads are the greatest single cause of, and accounted for more than 30% of all Ontario worker fatalities - making MVIs the biggest risk Ontarians face each day they go to work;
  • this number increases to 45% when we include powered industrial vehicles or powered mobile industrial equipment in the workplace; i.e. vehicles used to lift and move material, such as forklifts, pallet trucks, walkie stackers and scissor lifts.

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires that employers take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and ensure that workers properly use or wear the required equipment. Employers, supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law.

How motor vehicle safety affects your business

In 2007, the Ministry of Transportation shared information relevant to all businesses*:

  • 765 people were killed and more than 67,000 injured as a result of motor vehicle incidents on our roads and in our workplaces
  • These numbers represent 8.6 fatalities and 750 injuries for every 100,000 licensed drivers in Ontario
  • On an average day in Ontario, motor vehicle collisions will kill more than two people and injure more than 180 others

*Source: Ontario Road Safety Annual Report, 2007

Here are the four major factors leading to these fatalities:

  1. drinking and driving: 27% of total fatalities
  2. large truck crashes: 22%
  3. driver speed: 21%
  4. unbelted occupants: 20%

These are the top three driver conditions and actions that contribute to fatal collisions:

  1. impairment as a result of alcohol or drugs
  2. being inattentive (e.g., from fatigue or distractions)
  3. aggressive behaviour, such as driving too fast

What you can do

As an employer:

  • If you have workers that drive for your business, put policies and procedures in place to promote responsible driving.
  • Reward sustained responsible driving.
  • Monitor workplace driving to ensure that your workers are following your policies and procedures.

As a driver

  • Slow down: drive within the speed limit and adjust your speed for weather and road conditions. Follow vehicles at a safe distance.
  • Relax: in stressful driving conditions, take a deep breath and relax. An aggressive state of mind will come through in your driving behaviour.
  • Stay alert: don't drive until you are mentally and physically able to. If you become drowsy or uncomfortable, pull over immediately and take a break.
  • Plan ahead: plan your route before you start out. If you're unfamiliar with where you're going, check your map or plot the route with GPS, before you start off.
  • Buckle up: wearing a seat belt is the law and it could end up saving your life. Wearing your seat belt properly will dramatically increase your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision. If you are the driver, ensure all children 16 years and under are properly secured.
  • Don't drink and drive: refuse to ride with someone who may be impaired. Plan ahead: choose a designated driver before going out or set some money aside for a taxi.

Downloads

Job Aid - Car Wash Detailing

Job Aid - Car Wash Detailing

Car wash detailing can result in a number of different hazards. Use our Job Aid to raise your awareness.
635 KB PDF
Job Aid - Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

Job Aid - Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

There are many different hazards that can occur working with hybrid vehicle batteries. Use our Job Aid to learn more.
577 KB PDF
Job Aid - Motor Vehicles

Job Aid - Motor Vehicles

Learn to recognize and control road hazards while driving.
604 KB PDF
Job Aid - Transmission

Job Aid - Transmission

Hazard awareness information relating to the transmission repair.
716 KB PDF
Raising Awareness for Risky Driving Behaviors Posters

Raising Awareness for Risky Driving Behaviors Posters

The following is a suite of six workplace posters that are designed to promote awareness towards the most common risky behaviors associated with operating a motor vehicle.  In addition, these poster are intended to promote prevention through co-worker engagement and a culture of positive community norm.

793 KB PDF
Safety Check: Motor Vehicle Safety

Safety Check: Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor vehicle safety tips for workers.
475 KB PDF
Safety Check: Working Around Traffic

Safety Check: Working Around Traffic

Working around traffic tips for workers.
480 KB 

Consulting Services

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Awareness sessions are presentations of up to 2 hours in length delivered at your workplace by WSPS consultants. They are designed to help meet your legal duty to provide information about workplace hazards to employees.


General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

E-Courses

La conduite sécuritaire : faire marche arrière (français) (1 heure)

La conduite sécuritaire : faire marche arrière (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours est conçu pour vous aider à réduire les possibilités qu'un accident ne survienne pendant l'exécution de manœuvres en marche arrière. Vous y apprendrez les sept règles fondamentales de la marche arrière sécuritaire.

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$49.00

Safe Driving: Backing Up (English) (1 hour)

Safe Driving: Backing Up (English) (1 hour)

This course is designed to help you reduce the chances of becoming involved in an incident while backing up a vehicle. You will learn the seven fundamentals of safe backing.
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$49.00

Articles

10 tips for safely delivering goods and materials

10 tips for safely delivering goods and materials

"Non-routine work such as making deliveries to new locations can often be high risk," warns Janet Bewers, a WSPS business developer. "Lack of familiarity with the location is just one risk. Other variables include heavy traffic and poor weather conditions."

Apr 08, 2015

Videos

2010 Motor Vehicle Safety Summit Review

2010 Motor Vehicle Safety Summit Review

Motor vehicle incidents account for more than 30% of all Ontario worker fatalities (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board).  That’s why Health & Safety Ontario (HSO) hosted a Motor Vehicle Safety Summit at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga on October 26, 2010.

Jun 01, 2011
Motor Vehicle Safety: From Emergency Room to Prevention Culture

Motor Vehicle Safety: From Emergency Room to Prevention Culture

A bold, new perspective on motor vehicle safety presented by Dr. Louis Francescutti, an E.R. doctor from Alberta, and President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  "Regard these injuries and trauma as a 'disease' to challenge current assumptions," he states while attending the Motor Vehicle Safety Institute held at Ontario's Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI).  Further insights regarding "communities of practice" based upon the Science of the Positive are provided by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Western Transporation Institute, Montana State University.

The Honourable Steve Mahoney, P.C. and Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, links these complementary issues in his conference summary.
Nov 14, 2011

Research

Supervisor and Worker Perspectives on Workplace Accommodation for Mental Health

Supervisor and Worker Perspectives on Workplace Accommodation for Mental Health

WSPS has partnered with Lakehead University to identify factors that influence management decisions to accommodate workers with a mental health disorder and the factors that impact worker preference for accommodations.

Feb 28, 2018