DistTech earns Great West Casualty’s Platinum Award for safety

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DistTech Inc., a provider of dedicated and common carriage for liquid bulk commodities, announced that it has earned the Platinum Award from Great West Casualty Co. under its 2008 National Safety Awards Program. DistTech says this is the fourth consecutive year it has received the highest honor from the trucking insurance company.

DistTech says the award recognizes the company’s and its drivers’ overall commitment to safety, which resulted in a low preventable accident frequency rate of 0.48 accidents per million miles of operation for 2008. DistTech says it was selected from a group of more than 800 participating carriers from across the country. The annual National Safety Awards Program recognizes fleets in similar operations (truckload and less-than-truckload) with awards based on their yearend preventable accident results. Trucking companies that operate five or more trucks (as defined by its policy) are eligible to participate in the program. Qualifying carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory award.

“This award illustrates DistTech’s long-term commitment to high-quality standards and a culture of safety achieved through extensive training and investments in leading-edge technologies,” says John Rakoczy, chief operating officer for DistTech, based in Cleveland. “We’re extremely proud of our drivers for living our safety mission every day and for being recognized as one of the very safest fleets in our industry. Our safety standing allows us to bring discipline, control and reliability to transportation processes, which our customers value and have come to expect from us.”

DistTech says it has had a distinguished safety record for years; in addition to its recognition by Great West Casualty, the company has won six National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) safety awards for the best comprehensive safety program in the tank truck industry, and 75 of DistTech’s current drivers have achieved at least 1 million consecutive accident-free miles during their driving careers. The company says it also is recognized frequently by state trucking associations for outstanding safety performance.