Keep winter under surveillance

In many parts of B.C., winter is back and so are wet, snowy, and icy road conditions.

  • Nov. 18, 2011 9:00 a.m.

In many parts of B.C., winter is back and so are wet, snowy, and icy road 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.

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.

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 website at www.DriveBC.ca.

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.