In the month of February 2015, Fermilab Security responded to ten (10) vehicle accidents. Five of the ten accidents were a result of Improper Backing. While there were no injuries reported, the estimated damage amount for these accidents was $21,923. We also had pedestrian vs. vehicle near miss at Wilson Hall in January. Backing collisions are usually caused by inattention, distraction and not looking 360 degrees around the vehicle prior to backing. Driving in reverse requires drivers to continually check at least three mirrors and perhaps even twist and turn to see out of the back window. "The biggest hazard for most of us here at Fermilab is getting hurt in a traffic accident." Immediate traffic safety improvements are needed to prevent vehicle accidents. Traffic Safety has to become the primary focus when we’re driving, if we’re going to reduce motor vehicle accidents.
In the recent past Fermilab has taken the following steps to improve traffic safety:
THE ACCIDENT MAP IS NO LONGER BEING MAINTAINED: Since 2008 the Fermilab Security has maintained an online archive of all traffic accidents on site and accidents due to distracted driving have become a concern. As of now the archive reveals another troublesome trend that the Traffic Safety Awareness course addresses:
Drivers backing into cars, stationary objects, buildings etc. This Moving Violation has become the leading traffic violation resulting in 50% of vehicle accident in the past few months at Fermilab.
As spring approaches and as we are out and about more, we need to be more attentive and aware of our surroundings while operating any vehicle to prevent vehicle accidents.
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"The biggest hazard for most of us who work at Fermilab is getting seriously hurt in a traffic accident," said Fermilab director Pier Oddone. "That's why I want to make traffic safety a top priority."
All employees and users must take the online training course titled Traffic Safety Awareness, which now becomes part of the ITNA training requirements.
Including maps of on-site accident locations, scenarios and photos.