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18 carriers chosen as division winners in TCA’s Fleet Safety Award competition

To win the grand prize, companies will be judged on their overall safety programs, both on- and off-highway, including employee driver/independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and outside activities including general highway safety.

The Trucker News Services

1/13/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Eighteen trucking companies have been selected division winners in the 2013 Truckload Carriers Association National Fleet Safety Awards sponsored by the Great West Casualty Co.

The award honors carriers that demonstrate a superior commitment to safety and accident reduction.

The carriers will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the annual TCA Convention March 23-26 at Grapevine, Texas, at which time the grand prize winners — one in the less than 25 million miles category and one in the more than 25 million miles category — will be recognized.

To win the grand prize, companies will be judged on their overall safety programs, both on- and off-highway, including employee driver/independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and outside activities including general highway safety.

“In addition to focusing the spotlight on companies that work hard to achieve stellar safety records, these awards give us a glimpse of how well the industry is performing as a whole, said Jerry Waddell, CDS, chairman of TCA’s Safety & Security Division and the safety director for Cargo Transporters Inc., of Claremont, N.C. “With the continued decrease in the total contest fleet vehicle accident ratio, it demonstrates the forward safety thinking that our carrier members exhibit on a daily basis when it comes to their day-to-day operations.”

Companies applying for the National Fleet Safety Awards have completed the first of a two-step process.

First, their accident frequency per million miles driven was calculated for each of six mileage-based divisions listed below. The top three division winners were selected and have been audited by an independent expert to verify their accident frequency numbers.

Below are the names of the 2013 top divisional winners based on low accident frequency ratios per million miles. Companies are listed according to the order that they placed within each category.

Division I Winners

(Under 5 million miles)

1. FTC Transportation, Oklahoma City; 2. Specialty Transport Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.;  3. Art Pape Transfer Inc., Dubuque, Iowa

Division II Winners

(5-14.99 million miles)

1. Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd, Breslau, Ontario; 2. MacKinnon Transport Inc. Guelph, Ontario; 3. Diamond Transportation System Inc., Racine, Wis.

Division III Winners

 (15-24.99 million miles)

1. A&A Express LLC, Brandon, S.D.; 2. Convoy Systems LLC, Kansas City, Kan.; 3. Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio

Division IV Winners

(25-49.99 million miles)

1. N. Yanke Transfer, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; 2. Erb International Inc., New Hamburg, Ontario; 3. Hill Brothers Transportation, Omaha, Neb.

Division V Winners

(50-99.99 million miles)

1. May Trucking Co., Salem, Ore.;  2. Groupe Robert Inc., Rougemont, Québec; 3. J & R Schugel Trucking, New Ulm, Minn.

Division VI Winners

(100+ million miles)

1. Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2. Gordon Trucking, Pacific, Wash.; 3. Roehl Transport, Marshfield, Wis.

The grand prize winners and the division winners will also be recognized at TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting in May at St. Louis.

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