Taking place May 6 – 12, 2019, this year’s theme is #SpeakUp Save Lives and focuses on leadership to prevent injuries and fatalities from traffic incidents.
Approximately 1.35 million people are killed on the world's roads each year; one-fourth of those are pedestrians.1 Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.1 Related economic costs are 3% of a country’s GDP.1
More than 93% of all road traffic deaths occur in the developing world despite having 60% of the world’s registered vehicles.1 As countries develop economically, they usually focus on the needs of motorized transport ahead of those of pedestrians.1 As a result, pedestrians are at an ever-increasing risk of death, injury and disability.1
Road traffic injuries are the top 4 cause of death for working age people worldwide.2 Number 3 among working age men globally.2 Number 1 among children and young adults (ages 5 to 29).1 Many of those that survive remain disabled for life.1
What can employers do?
- Partner with your risk management colleagues early in this process.
- Promote safe public transportation options (public transit subsidies, bikeshare memberships). This can be tied to your holistic well-being efforts.
- Provide facilities to store bikes and changing room/showers/lockers for employees who bike to work.
- Develop safety checklists of vehicle fleets if you provide your employees transportation to your facilities.
- Develop an employee awareness campaign around pedestrian and vehicle safety (including bicycles and other non-car vehicles).
- Provide flexible work arrangements if it is easier to get in the office earlier or later than the normal starting time.
- Work with local vendors to provide discounts on bike helmets.