The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) wrapped up its annual convention Kissimmee, Fla., this week by naming two truck fleets the safest truckload carriers in North America.
FTC Transportation Inc., of Oklahoma City, and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, are the 2014 grand prizewinners of the prestigious contest, sponsored by Great West Casualty Co.
FTC Transportation, represented by Travis Arnold, president, won the award for truckload companies in the small carrier division (total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles). Bison Transport, which was represented by Rob Penner, executive vice president and COO, won for truckload companies in the large carrier division (total annual mileage of 25 million or more miles).
Both companies will be recognized again during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, to be held May 3-5, 2015, at the Charlotte Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“In the trucking industry, safety is our highest objective. Therefore, earning one of these two grand prizes is an extremely important and enviable achievement,” said Brad Bentley, TCA’s president. “We want to showcase the incredible safety programs that these fleets demonstrate so that other carriers can strive to do the same.”
FTCT operates differently than most other transportation companies because it is the core carrier for the non-profit charity Feed the Children. Its drivers assist with hunger and disaster relief efforts throughout the U.S. In between its regular loads, it also hauls general commodities for third-party customers and brokers.
Drivers come to FTCT because they admire the organization’s work; they stay because they are treated well and know the company’s steadfast commitment to safety will keep them safe while on the job. The company has been successful in attracting and keeping safe drivers, as its driver turnover rate was only 14.63 percent as of December 2014.
Bison Transport’s safety program begins with its rigorous driver selection process, and includes innovative training, equipment and maintenance procedures, accident support team, and incentives — both monetary and motivational.
Bison Transport adapts training to fit each individual and job to be performed. The company is moving to a more intense Skills Evaluation Program that combines in-cab instruction with a computer simulator. In their first year, drivers will complete, on average, five instructor-led courses with a simulation component, and 17 online courses. Ongoing assessments continue over the driver’s tenure with the company, and refresher courses and updated safety training will be provided as the needs of the individual and the fleet change.
The application process for the National Fleet Safety Awards began with fleets submitting their accident frequency per million miles driven. TCA selected the top three winners for each of six mileage-based divisions and had the results audited for accuracy by an independent expert.