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For the second year in a row, the New York State Motor Truck Association has recognized A. Duie Pyle as its Carrier of the Year for Safety. NYSMTA is an 800-member trade association representing the interests of the motor truck industry in New York State. A. Duie Pyle, based in West Chester, Pa., is a provider of less-than-truckload, truckload and logistics services throughout the Northeast.

The award was presented April 9 at the NYSMTA Annual Safety and Education Conference. To qualify for the award, A. Duie Pyle first had to win a preliminary award based on reportable accidents vs. mileage in New York State; A. Duie Pyle placed first in the division for medium-sized companies. They then competed against first-place winners in the small- and large-size company divisions for the title of Carrier of the Year for Safety.

NYSMTA Acting President Kendra Adams says that the competition for Carrier of the Year is an intense process, requiring companies to submit detailed documentation on their total program, including accidents, injuries, hiring practices, training, retraining, reporting and much more. “A. Duie Pyle was chosen for the award based on the thoroughness of the company’s safety effort,” Adams says. “They go above and beyond what is required. The company really goes the extra mile.”

Peter Dannecker, A. Duie Pyle’s director of loss prevention, believes that winning the award two years in a row is a tribute to Pyle people. “There is a total buy-in and commitment to the health and safety of employees by company leadership,” Dannecker says. “Our risk management program is organic, it is rooted in our corporate culture, and it continues to evolve as an extension of our company’s value system.”

A. Duie Pyle has been honored with numerous awards from local, state and national organizations for its long-term record of safety and security, and for the extensiveness of its safety programs. In 2007, Dannecker was named the American Trucking Association’s National Safety Director. The company’s in-house driver training, loss prevention process and safety records have been awarded the American Trucking Association’s President’s Trophy, the highest safety award available to motor carriers in North America.

Every driver in the A. Duie Pyle LTL and TL fleet possesses a hazardous materials endorsement, and more than 70 company associates are Hazwoper Level 3 Technicians, trained to respond to any hazmat emergency. In addition, the company has been named a Responsible Care Partner by the American Chemical Council; this recognition is awarded only to those companies with exceptional expertise and documented performance in the safe and secure handling and transportation of chemicals. To become certified, A. Duie Pyle currently is undergoing a rigorous two-year certification process that includes measurement and public reporting of performance, third-party audits and security management program certification.