The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) wrapped up its Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort by presenting its prestigious National Fleet Safety Awards to OTA/CTA carrier member Bison Transport of Winnipeg as well as FTC Transport, which is based in the U.S..
Bison Transport, represented by Rob Penner, executive vice president and COO, won the grand prize for truckload companies in the large carrier division (total annual mileage of 25 million or more miles) for the second year in a row while FTC Transportation once again the award for truckload companies in the small carrier division.
Both companies will be recognized again during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, to be held May 22-24, 2016, at the Worthington Renaissance in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Due to the tight competition, it is extremely difficult to earn the grand prize in this contest once—let alone the same two companies two years in a row!,” said John Lyboldt, TCA’s president. “These fleets have well-crafted and carefully implemented safety programs that not only work, but take these companies to a higher level. They absolutely deserve the honor a second time.”
Says TCA of Bison’s safety program:
“(It’s) an amazing blend of safety initiatives, careful attention to detail, and collaboration across all job titles. Like any company, Bison strives to make a profit, yet it puts its safety record at the forefront of everything it does, knowing that safety impacts the sustainability of the company and the livelihoods of people and families.
The company culture revolves around the slogan, “You’re Safe With Me.” The brand is made highly visible through campaigns, signage, and awards, providing necessary and consistent reinforcement to all employees of the value of Bison’s safety culture and the value of their actions. The Safe Driving Reward Program provides substantial financial incentive and aligns with safe driving milestone levels in the corresponding Safe Driver Award Program. A top-level driver will earn up to 15% more under this program. The Safe Driving Reward Program exceeds Bison’s actual accident costs by more than 15%.
According to the company’s grand prize application, “[We] link safety into everything we want our business to be. … As we consider ventures, we do so without sacrificing safety. Investments are made in training, equipment, and expertise to ensure we can meet our goal of being safe. If it can’t be done safely, it isn’t a service that will be part of our portfolio.”
Overall, it was a big week for Bison. It was also recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s best employers.
Bison was one of 12 organizations from the transportation sector and the only trucking company to receive the award. Bison was one of 250 employers recognized by Forbes, based on an independent survey of 8,000 Canadian employees who work for large companies and institutions. Full results can be found here.