Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation and WorkSafeBC are asking drivers to “slow down and shift into winter driving mode,” with the start of the Shift Into Winter safety campaign.
“Each year, many workers who drive either full or part time as part of their job are killed or injured on the job,” said Mark Ordeman, industry and labour service manager for WorkSafeBC. “Workers, and the general driving public, need to be especially vigilant as the days get shorter and the weather changes.”
Highways, roads and city streets are workplaces that become hazardous when the weather changes, as snow, ice and rain create serious occupational hazards for delivery people, couriers, and logging truck drivers. Motor vehicle incidents are one of the major causes of worker deaths in British Columbia, with 16 workers killed last year in vehicle crashes.
WorkSafeBC has developed safe driving fact and tip sheets, designed for distribution by employers to their staff, which can be accessed through WorkSafeBC.