The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award and the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Claims and Loss Prevention Award.
The awards are the only nationally-recognized awards of their kind in the trucking industry and were presented at the ATA Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference in Little Rock, Ark.
“Receiving one of these awards is more than simply a pat on the back for a job well done, it’s recognition for setting the bar high on important matters like safety and security and surpassing expectations,” said Bill Graves, ATA’s president and CEO. “When companies strive to excel, the rest of the industry has to follow suit and improve their operations. We believe the companies demonstrating impressive results need to be celebrated.”
ABF Freight System, a less-than-truckload carrier based in Fort Smith, Ark., took home the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award. Each year, carriers applying for consideration under this award’s guidelines are evaluated based upon the extent and effectiveness of their security programs, such as security policies, procedures, training and record. ABF Freight Systems’ impressive data set for 2014 included a 12 percent reduction in the year over year cargo theft ratio and no incidents of full-load cargo theft.
The Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award recognizes the extent and effectiveness of carrier’s freight claims and loss prevention programs, such as policies, procedures, training, and claims experience. The award goes to one truckload and one less-than-truckload carrier.
This year, The Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award for a less-than-truckload carrier went to Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., of Thomasville, N.C. Its staff of 21 in claims, 10 in loss prevention, six in security and five in clerical support, along with a robust training program, kept the number of claims filed and paid versus total shipments and claims paid steady to declining over the review period. Equally impressive is its 5 percent increase in the number of claims solved in 30 days or less.
Roehl Transport of Marshfield, Wis., took home the Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award for a truckload carrier. The company boasted an impressive 17 percent increase in the number of claims solved in 30 days or less. Roehl Transports’ staff of four in claims, two in loss prevention, two in security and one in clerical support, along with a robust training program, resulted in a 10 percent drop in year over year claims paid and a 39 percent year over year decrease in the net claim amount paid.
“Simply put, this award honors the companies that set the bar for claims management, loss prevention and damage control,” said Brian Lagana, executive director of ATA’s Safety Management Council regarding the Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award. “They have also mastered the art of negotiation, inspection and investigation; perfected claims filing and processing; and eliminated, minimized and recovered loss above and beyond all others. We are proud to recognize them as industry leaders.”
When evaluating for these awards, the size of the fleet, staff, and program budget relative to the company’s successful experience are all taken into consideration.