Did you know that car crashes rank as the number one cause of workplace deaths? Did you know that the National Safety Council estimates 25% of car crashes involve cell phones (21% calls and 4% text messages)? Did you know that drivers using either handheld or hands-free cell phones while driving are four times more likely to crash?
Distracted driving caused by employees using cell phones is dangerous, and it costs companies money. Developing a cell phone policy that limits or bans cell phone use when employees are in their cars not only saves lives, but it also saves money by protecting employers from being held legally responsible when employees are involved in cell phone-related crashes.
The infographic below from the National Safety Council (a nonprofit organization with a mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work) shows that employer liability can cost companies millions of dollars, but it can easily be prevented.
Provided by The National Safety Council
Check out the National Safety Council distracted driving resources to learn more about creating a company cell phone policy, watch video responses to common questions, read the white paper about employer liability, and more.
Bottom-line, if your company doesn’t already have a cell phone policy for employees, you need to create one as soon as possible. As the infographic above shows, these policies do not reduce employee productivity, so there is no reason not to prioritize developing one for your company.