EUGENE, OR — Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death at work. To help employers create safer workplaces for those workers who drive as a part of their job, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has introduced a training workshop called 'Managing Your Vehicle Safety Program,' according to the Web site, Oregon data for work-related fatalities between 1993 and 2002 places highway motor vehicle accidents as the largest group of fatal accidents, causing 127 deaths during that decade. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that highway motor vehicle crashes account for one-quarter of all fatal work injuries. The workshop covers creating and maintaining a driver safety program, vehicle safety, fleet management safety, accident investigation, and material handling. Participants also review the Oregon OSHA safety requirements for commercial and industrial vehicles. Oregon OSHA safety regulations address both commercial vehicles – such as cars, pickups, flatbed or dump trucks, public utility trucks, work crew vans, or worker transport buses – and industrial vehicles meant for non-highway use including loaders, lumber carriers, and forklifts. 'Managing Your Vehicle Safety Program' will be presented in Eugene on Thursday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oregon OSHA Eugene field office, 1140 Willagillespie Road, Suite 42 in Eugene (near Valley River Center and the Delta Highway). To register for the training workshop, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site, under “Education.” For questions about Oregon OSHA training, call (503) 947-7443 or call toll-free within Oregon, (888) 292-5247, Option 2.

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