The cold war is back

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 the year.

"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

For further information:

Lennea Durant 
Media Relations 
BCAA Road Safety Foundation 
Tel: 604 875-1182
E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca 
                    Heather Young
Manager, Public Affairs
WorkSafeBC
Tel: 604 214-5441
E-mail: heather.young@worksafebc.com

 


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