The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) last week announced the grand prizewinners of its annual National Fleet Safety Awards, recognizing MacKinnon Transport Inc., of Guelph, Ontario, and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
MacKinnon Transport, represented by Alex MacKinnon, vice president of finance and administration, won the award for truckload companies in the small carrier division (total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles), while Bison Transport, 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 carriers will be recognized again during TCA’s Safety & Security Division annual meeting, to be held May 18-20, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo.
“These two carriers continually set the bar and demonstrate that they strive to achieve a high standard of excellence in the safety arena,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president. “Awarding TCA’s Grand Prize for fleet safety to both MacKinnon and Bison validates exactly that.”
Founded in 1929, MacKinnon Transport, Inc. utilizes stringent hiring procedures, safety-based bonuses, and an “open door” communications policy that addresses driver and staff concerns in “real time.” It trains not only its drivers, but also any individual whose job involves operations, maintenance, or administration. This way, everyone possesses the same thorough knowledge of the company’s governing rules and regulations.
Bison Transport’s extensive safety program is based on the philosophy that each driver and staff person is a shareholder who is accountable for the results. To reach safety goals, company management aims to find and fix hazards and address root causes, all within a supportive and motivating environment. It invests significant money on driver recognition and incentive programs that are meaningful to each individual, strengthening his or her motivation to be safe. The company offers numerous communication methods to keep people informed and engaged, as well as an extensive health and wellness program.