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Make it a policy: no texting & driving

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A deadly California train collision has again shined a spotlight on the dangers of inappropriate use of handheld texting devices.

While the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused a September accident in which a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train plowed head-on into a Union Pacific freight locomotive, preliminary reports indicate the Metrolink engineer may have been distracted by sending a text message in the seconds preceding the crash. The commuter train blew through a red “stop” signal just before smashing into the freight locomotive.

The collision killed 25 passengers and injured 135.

Three times the peril

The accident is a powerful reminder that employers must restrict texting (and talking on cell phones) while employees on duty drive vehicles or operate dangerous equipment.

The best way to do so: Make restrictions a matter of company policy.

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