A. Duie Pyle’s Dannecker named 2007 ATA Safety Director of the Year

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Peter Dannecker, director of loss prevention for A. Duie Pyle Companies, has been named the 2007 National Safety Director Award recipient by the American Trucking Associations. The announcement came at the recent ATA Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council’s Fall Conference in Pittsburgh. Dannecker also will be recognized at the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition Oct. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.

Dannecker, of West Chester, Pa., is responsible for the development and execution of his company’s safety programs governing almost 2000 employees, 700 drivers, 14 terminals and six warehouses throughout the Northeast. He was selected by a committee that included past award winners, representatives of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and law enforcement professionals. The award is considered the supreme achievement of safety professionals for the last 48 years.

“Safety is critical for the trucking industry,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Peter has established an impressive safety record based on forward-thinking approaches to driver training and selection. I congratulate him and A. Duie Pyle Companies for their commitment to fleet safety.”

Under Dannecker’s leadership, A. Duie Pyle Companies saw a 49 percent improvement in its preventable-accident rate from 2000 to 2006. In addition, A. Duie Pyle’s safety program has earned safety awards from New York State Motor Truck Association, New Jersey Motor Truck Association and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, as well as recipient of the ATA President’s Trophy in 2005.

“It’s great to see Peter Dannecker and A. Duie Pyle receive national recognition for their commitment to safety,” says Jim Runk, PMTA president and CEO. “Being a member company of PMTA, I have the good fortune to work with Peter and A. Duie Pyle on a regular basis and can attest that the company is a deserving safety award recipient.”

S&LPMC also announced the 2007 ATA award winners. The ATA National Truck & Industrial Safety Contests are the only two national safety programs that recognize the safety accomplishments of motor carriers across the United States by operation type and size. Carriers are judged on their safety records relative to others within their classes of competition. Safety records are determined from the carriers’ vehicle accident rates or lost workday case rates.

From the winners of those contests, three companies are chosen to receive the coveted ATA President’s Trophy, which honors each carrier’s superior safety record, outstanding commitment to industrywide safety and extensive promotion of safety among all highway users.

2007 ATA President’s Trophy – sponsored by Great West Casualty Co.

  • Large fleet winner (more than 100 million miles annually): Con-way Freight, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Mid-size fleet winner (between 25-100 million miles annually): Pitt Ohio Express, Pittsburgh.
  • Small fleet winner (under 25 million miles annually): Williams NationaLease Ltd., Normal, Ill.
  • ATA National Driver of the Year – sponsored by Custard Insurance Adjusters Inc.

  • William Gray Jr., UPS Freight, Cumberland, Md.
  • ATA National Safety Director Award – sponsored by Rand McNally Commercial Transportation

  • Pete Dannecker, A. Duie Pyle Inc., West Chester, Pa.
  • Excellence in Safety Award – sponsored by Great West Casualty Co.

  • North Carolina Trucking Association
  • Excellence in Human Resource Management – sponsored by DGB Benefit Solutions

  • Schneider National Inc., Green Bay, Wis.
  • ATA S&LPMC Leadership Award

  • Phillip P. Warren, UPS Freight, Richmond, Va.
  • S&LPMC is an organization of transportation professionals involved in safety, human resources, loss prevention and claims management for motor carriers and interested organizations. It aims to serve, promote and create value for members and the industry through advocacy, research, education, training and peer interaction.