Keep winter under surveillance. Don't know? Don't go.
BURNABY, BC, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - In many parts of B.C., winter is back
and so are wet and snowy conditions that create occupational hazards
for workers who drive as part of their jobs. That's why WorkSafeBC and
the Winter Driving Safety Alliance are reminding people they need to
drive differently in winter conditions than they do at other times of
"Don't let winter driving conditions catch you by surprise," said Blair
Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Make sure
your vehicle is prepared for winter, and arm yourself with knowledge of
weather and road conditions so you can plan a safe journey."
"We all want to get home safely to our families at the end of the work
day," said Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services
and Open Government. "Bringing awareness to the challenges associated
with winter driving helps workers understand what they need to know
before they go."
Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of worker deaths in B.C. Each
year on average, 25 workers are killed in motor vehicle incidents and
about 1,300 are injured. Everyone is responsible for workplace health
and safety and WorkSafeBC encourages employers to develop safe driving
policies and employees to adopt safe driving practices.
"Whether you drive as a part of your job or employ those that do, safety
on the road is the main mission," says Mark Ordeman, WorkSafeBC manager
for Transportation. "The risk of injury while driving increases in
winter conditions, and all precautions necessary should be taken to
make safety a priority when driving for work."
The Winter Driving Safety Alliance advises all drivers to check travel
and weather conditions before heading out and to avoid driving if they
are bad. Up-to-date road conditions are available on the Province's DriveBC.ca website.
"Even an hour or two can make a big difference. If you can, wait until
the weather improves. If you have to drive, be smart. Make sure your
vehicle is winter ready, give yourself lots of extra time to get where
you need to go, and carry an emergency survival kit," said Allan Lamb,
President and COO of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation.
For more on these and other winter driving safety tips, check out ShiftIntoWinter.ca.
Shift into Winter is a joint provincial initiative supported by
organizations committed to improving the safety of drivers during the
winter months. They are BCAA Road Safety Foundation, BC Road Builders
and Heavy Construction Association, BC Trucking Association, Insurance
Corporation of BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, RCMP,
Trucking Safety Council of BC, and WorkSafeBC.
SOURCE BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
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