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ATV use and workplace accident considerations

Outdoor enthusiasts and employers alike are increasingly turning to all-terrain vehicles as efficient tools across the state of California and the entire country. In fact, ATVs are commonly used by several industries. That also means, however, that ATV-related workplace injury incidents are on the rise. That is why employers and workers across the nation are encouraged to take safety concerns and precautions into consideration before operating ATVs in the workplace.

The U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration explains that several industries across the country implement the use of ATVs to perform vital work duties, which is resulting in serious and fatal workplace accidents. In addition to the agriculture industry, ATVs are commonly used in construction, oil production, facility management and law enforcement. OSHA investigated hundreds of occupational ATV-related injuries and fatalities during a 10-year period, and found that several major factors contributed to the majority of on-the-job accidents. Identified ATV accident causes include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive speeds
  • Lack of protective gear
  • Lack of training
  • Unbalanced cargo loads

When discussing ATV-related safety hazards and accident prevention, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control notes that there are several things that employees and employees can do to promote safety in the workplace. For instance, employers are advised to mark and prevent job site environmental hazards and provide employees when necessary hands-on training. Employees, for their part, are always recommended to inspect ATV equipment before use and wear protective gear and helmets. Beyond that, employers and employees are cautioned against using ATVs in a manner that does not comply with vehicle safety standards.

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