Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Danger Ahead! Cell Phones and Driving

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Danger Ahead! Cell Phones and Driving

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You wouldn't allow an employee to drive while drunk. But what about making a cell phone call while driving?

Recent research suggests that using a cell phone while driving may be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated--and it can cost a company millions if the company is found liable for an on-the-job employee involved in an accident while talking on a cell phone.

Recent cases abound, including one in which a jury awarded $21 million to a person injured in an accident with an employee of a major firm. The employee was on a cell phone at the time of the accident.

Limiting liability while increasing public safety is the focus of "The Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving: Developing Safe Practices and Corporate Guidelines," a new video and web based training program from New Orleans-based Moxie Media Inc., a leading producer and publisher of safety, health, and security training materials for business and industry worldwide.

"Cell phone use while driving will be a hot safety issue for the next few years," says Martin Glenday, president of Moxie Media. "Our clients are asking for training materials that outline the risks and show what to do about them."

Glenday points to several reasons why cell phone use while driving is at the top of the risk management agenda for companies today. …

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