Brian Niesman

Remember to look behind you when backing your vehicle. Photo: Fermilab Security Although we at Fermilab ended fiscal year 2014 with a lower accident rate than in 2013, we still didn’t reach goal zero, with backing accidents accounting for 50 percent of all vehicle accidents for the past year. While most vehicle accidents at Fermilab involved only property damage, bodily injuries have been recorded in the past. According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle accidents can…

Do you know where your vehicle’s emergency brake is? How about its owner’s manual? Knowing your government vehicle and its controls will save lives, time and money. Recently, two DOE contractors at outside DOE facilities failed to disengage the transmissions of the government vehicles they were operating prior to exiting their vehicles. In a third incident, a DOE contract employee, with his car’s transmission engaged, fell out and was subsequently run over by the vehicle he was operating. Investigations revealed…

As school starts this fall, be especially aware of pedestrians when driving through school zones. Many child pedestrians are killed in the streets or sidewalks of their school zones because of the reckless and irresponsible behaviors of motorists. Drivers need to remember the unpredictability of children and be on the lookout for all pedestrians. It is difficult for children to see motorists and for motorists to see them. Children also have difficulty judging a car’s speed and distance, and they…