A group out of Washington, DC, called NETS (The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety), was established in 1989 and is dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.
NETS recently released a 2012 fleet safety study. This study revealed that the safest automobile fleets check phone and text records after accidents and maintain written policies restricting the use of mobile devices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents remain the number one cause of workplace death and injury, costing employers in excess of $60 billion annually.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS is the name of this fleet safety benchmarking study and it's the largest examination of fleet vehicle safety ever conducted by the organization. According to the study involving a collective fleet of 521,000 vehicles and 9.8 billion miles traveled:
■Nearly 50 percent of participating companies were in the Fortune 500
■Tracking completions of on-going driver training on a fleet safety scorecard
■Conducting commentary drives (ride-alongs) with new-hires and high-risk drivers
■Communicating fleet safety messages via senior-management presentations at meetings
NETS’ annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmark study includes the collection of miles driven and collisions by type of vehicle and by country. Injury data are collected for the USA and the UK and respondents also are surveyed on more than twenty-five fleet safety program elements.
The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmarking study:
- Brings together companies to collaborate and compare findings
- All types of companies - large or small, U.S. or global, public or private
- Participants collect standardized data over a 12-month period, analyze and compares in terms of crash frequencies taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs and crash review practices
This study is then used to improve a company's individual fleet safety performance. For more information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmark program or to become a participant, visit the NETS website at www.trafficsafety.org
NETS members, representing the pharmaceutical, electric utilities, oil and gas, insurance, food and beverage and other industries, meet annually to discuss the benchmark results and other key road safety topics such as cell phone policies, training and post-crash review processes and the use of in-vehicle monitoring.
“Through this benchmarking process, we’re able to learn about common elements among the leading companies and also have the opportunity to network and discuss specific challenges and share successes with other fleet safety professionals,” said Sandra Lee, Director of Worldwide Fleet Safety for Johnson & Johnson, and Chair of the NETS Board of Directors. “This is what makes the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS benchmarking study such an invaluable process.”
NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. Participating companies include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company, B.V. and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).