Decker honored for commitment to safety

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Decker Truck Line recently received recognition at the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s “Best of the Best” awards luncheon held in West Des Moines. At the Sept. 20 event, Decker received top honors for its outstanding safety record in Iowa during 2005-2006 in the General Commodities Division (over 10 million miles). Leo Shimon, director of safety, accepted the award on behalf of the Fort Dodge-based truck line at IMTA’s Annual Management Conference in West Des Moines.

The number of accident-free miles driven, overall safety ratings and established safety programs within the company all are considered in the judging criteria for the annual contest. The Iowa Council of Safety Management, Midwest Wheel Companies, Great West Casualty and IMTA, in cooperation with the American Trucking Associations, sponsor the contest to promote safety in the state of Iowa.

Decker also received a Company Fleet Maintenance Award, accepted by Malaki Bulten, manager of maintenance operations and fleet equipment. The award recognizes and showcases the fleets that are demonstrating a consistent commitment and ongoing dedication to maintenance and safety in their operation. Jeff Gallogly, director of fleet maintenance, received recognition for Fleet Maintenance Individual, a contest that recognizes maintenance professionals for their commitment to maintaining high standards for their maintenance operation.

Mark Phillips and Dave Bush, both independent contractors for Decker, received recognition for being members of Iowa’s 2006 Road Team, which consists of six professional drivers with more than 10 million accident-free miles. They earned their way onto the team for their outstanding safety records and how they finished in their respective divisions at the annual State Truck Driving Championships.