Employees in hazardous conditions should consider life insurance

Nov 22, 2010

Some employers create a dangerous environment

Distracted driving has been a topic of much concern for law makers and motorists alike. Recent laws have been implemented in many states geared at reducing the number of distracted-related accidents through fines. A growing number of states, for example, have begun fining motorists caught using their cell phone or sending text messages while they drive.

However, a number of employers are creating work environments which require them to engage in the types of practices law enforcement is trying to stop. The National Safety Council has commended the work of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels for trying to reduce work-related distracted driving.

National Safety Council president and CEO Janet Froetscher says it's important to remind employers of the dangerous distracted driving carries.

"As Secretary Solis noted in her announcement, the OSHA Act clearly states that employers must provide a workplace free of recognized hazards," says Froetscher. "Sending or reading text messages and e-mails while driving are clearly recognized hazards."

People whose work environment requires them to be in hazardous conditions on the regular basis should consider life insurance, especially if they are the bread winner in the family.

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