AEM, MSHA issue ‘distracted driving’ safety alert for off-road drivers

“Turn off your cell phone while operating off-road equipment” is the key message from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Mine Safety and Health Administration in a new jointly developed safety alert that emphasizes the hazards of distracted driving while on the worksite. The downloadable safety alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks or given to contractors and miners as a handout. It’s the latest project from the AEM/MSHA alliance, which focuses on best practices to minimize risks in equipment operation and maintenance. The alert cites data on cell phone use in the automotive industry “that can be translated into the operation of off-road equipment,” including: • The risks of using a cell phone while operating mobile equipment can be up to six times worse than the risks of operating mobile equipment while intoxicated. • Writing or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds and at 55 mph that’s like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. AEM supports safety awareness year-round by offering an extensive array of safety products, including safety manuals and videos, with major equipment types covering aerial, agriculture, compact/portable, earthmoving, forestry, lifting, road paving and utility excavation applications. àà

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