TCA awards Bison Transport, Stagecoach Cartage for safety

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Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution of El Paso, Texas, were named the winners of the Truckload Carrier Association’s 33rd annual National Fleet Safety Awards. The awards were presented during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

The two grand prize winners were selected from among 18 division winners in the National Fleet Safety Division Awards announced in January. Bison Transport won in the category for truckload companies with a total annual mileage of more than 25 million miles, and Stagecoach Cartage won the award for truckload companies with a total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles.

The judging process began with the determination of the top companies in each of six mileage divisions; the division winners were selected based on accident frequency only. The top three winners in each division then were able to compete for the two grand prizes. The grand prize-winning companies were judged on their excellent overall safety programs, both on- and off-highway.

During the judging, some of the factors considered included safety program organization, employee driver/independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and outside activities such as general highway safety. All grand prize finalists were audited by independent auditors not affiliated with TCA or the carriers.

The following companies are the top divisional winners, based on low accident frequency per million miles, and are listed from first to third place:

  • Division VI, 100+ Million Miles: Bison Transport; May Trucking Co., Salem, Ore.; Roehl Transport, Marshfield, Wis.;
  • Division V, 50 Million-99.99 Million Miles: Groupe Robert, Rougemont, Québec; Carter Express, Anderson, Ind.; Koch Companies, Minneapolis;
  • Division IV, 25 Million-49.99 Million Miles: MacKinnon Transport, Guelph, Ontario; Erb International, New Hamburg, Ontario; Metropolitan Trucking, Maywood, N.J.;
  • Division III, 15 Million-24.99 Million Miles: D&D Sexton, Carthage, Mo.; Usher Transport, Louisville, Ky.; Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution;
  • Division II, 5 Million-14.99 Million Miles: H.O. Bouchard, Hampden, Maine; Stallion Express, Beebe, Ark.; Lydall Transport, Glen Allen, Va.; and
  • Division I, Under 5 Million Miles: StageLine Express, Coopersville, Mich.; Excargo Services, Houston; Rochester Cartage, Rochester, Minn.