I am sure everyone has seen the “Click it or Ticket” signs as you drive along the freeways or city streets. This is a reminder to all drivers that it is against the law to not wear a seat belt. Many valets do not think about putting on their seat belt before parking a vehicle. Their focus is on how quickly they can park a vehicle or how quickly they can retrieve a vehicle for a guest. Since the state requires that we incorporate wearing a seat belt while driving a vehicle, it is therefore required of you to wear a seat belt while working for Minuteman Parking.
Although seat belt usage has gone up an average of 88% nationally, unfortunately many commercial drivers, younger drivers, and those driving under the influence are still not wearing their seat belts. Seat belt usage has saved over 75,000 lives in motor vehicle accidents over the past couple of years. Working in our industry, it is imperative that we follow the rules and regulations of the road to safeguard our lives and those around us. Wearing a seat belt may seem insignificant, but when it comes down to saving your life nothing should be taken for granted.
What would happen to you if you were in an accident at one of your locations and you do not have your seat belt on? You may get seriously injured or fined by the State for not wearing your seat belt and cause our worker’s compensation premiums to rise for the whole company due to you not following the rules of safety.
Your safety should always come first while you are working. Taking an extra minute to put on a seat belt before you move a guest’s vehicle is time well spent. That extra minute can mean the difference between leaving work unharmed or getting seriously injured on the job.
Here are some pointers for wearing your seat belt while you are at work:
1. The seat belt lap portion should be worn low and snug across the hips
2. The shoulder portion of the seat belt must be snug across the chest and away from the neck and face.
3. The shoulder portion should never be worn behind the back or under the arm.