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Taking Safety Beyond the Jobsite and onto the road

DID YOU KNOW...

  • 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected.1
  • Distracted driving crashes are under-reported and the NSC estimates that cell phone use alone accounted for 27% of 2015 car crashes. 2
  • In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.1
  • People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.3
  • Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers.3
  • Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.4
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.1

Many of these statistics aren’t new to us. According to research, 84% of drivers recognize the dangers of cell phone distractions while driving and find it “unacceptable” to text or email while driving. However, 36% also admit to having read or sent an email while driving in the past month.

Safety is a major focus in the construction industry. In this line of work, we take every precaution to ensure workers are protected on jobsites. And despite the fact that there are often rules in place to deter drivers from using the cell phones within a moving vehicle, it’s a hard habit to break. 

Enter cellcontrol. The cellcontrol app significantly decreases the risk of distracted driving by removing access to the temptation, but still allowing function of approved apps while driving. Users can still make or take a call, listen to music, or get directions from their phone, but in a safer fashion through Bluetooth. 

There are many benefits to installing this app on company phones. They include:

  • The reduction of liability and expense risk
  • An increase in operational efficiency
  • Improved worker health and safety
  • Simplified compliance and regulation
  • Protection of our company’s reputation

“We’re able to extend that safety culture beyond the standard equipment and protocols on jobsites with cellcontrol. It can be an adjustment for employees, but at the end of the day, it’s nice to be able to implement more measures that protect our team members on and off the job,” said Tate Tyree, Director of Corporate Risk Management at MMC Corp, parent company of MMC Contractors.

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1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – www.nhtsa.org

2. National Safety Council – www.nsc.org

3. University of Utah Research

4. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute – www.vtti.vt.edu