Safety-centric company cultures and outstanding performance records earned Roehl Transport Inc. and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution the 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. The awards were announced Monday, Oct. 17, at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Grapevine, Texas.
“Safety has long been a core value at Volvo, and we’re proud to share that focus with the very deserving winners of this year’s award,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution demonstrate a deep commitment to safety throughout every layer of their organizations and their efforts truly make a difference.”
For three consecutive years, Volvo Trucks has sought out the safest fleets in North America, recognizing their hard work and dedication with the Volvo Trucks Safety Award. Volvo again was joined this year by Michelin America Truck Tires as a supporting sponsor of the award.
“Michelin is pleased to join Volvo Trucks in celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution,” says Tim Fulton, Michelin vice president of strategic accounts. “Both companies have a safety culture that has a tremendously positive effect on their employees and countless others.”
At the beginning of 2011, Volvo Trucks invited all U.S. and Canadian fleets with more than five Class 8 trucks to apply for the annual awards. The awards are given in two categories, one for fleets with less than 20 million miles of annual operation and the other for those with more than 20 million miles. Fleets were ranked by their accident frequency rates, using the U.S. Department of Transportation definition of a “recordable accident,” as well as their accident prevention programs.
Roehl Transport of Marshfield, Wis., won in the over 20 million mile category. Roehl, a diversified truckload carrier, operates about 1,800 trucks and in 2010 had an accident frequency rate of .295 during their more than 172.6 million miles of operation.
Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution of El Paso, Texas, won in the under 20 million mile category. Stagecoach provides a full range of transportation and warehousing services, includeing over-the-road, regional and local transportation, and intermodal drayage. Their fleet of 162 trucks logged more than 16.3 million miles in 2010 and posted a .122 accident frequency rate.