Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Con-way Truck Load Boss Leaps For Safety

VP Skydives to Honour Staff Safety Record
Shipping News Feature

US – Con-way Trucking, the full load carrying subsidiary of Con-way Incorporated showed a video to its drivers recently of Randy Cornell, Vice President of Safety and Recruiting, fulfilling his promise to skydive should the staff meet the company’s safety targets.

The film was shown during a reception at its Joplin, Missouri HQ held to honour the company’s drivers for achieving a 22 year safety record during 2009. This means an accident rate down by a creditable 34% in just five years. The figure equates to less than 8 accidents per million miles driven according to the company’s strict definition – any incident when a truck connects with people or property and causes so much as a scratch to either party.

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a reportable accident as an occurrence that renders a vehicle inoperable or causes an injury requiring immediate medical assistance away from the scene.

Should Con-way choose to use the FMCSA criteria their record is even more impressive, an accident for every 1.6 million driven miles, a 3.1% improvement from the previous year. By the FMCSA book that makes Con-way about two and a half times safer than the average truck and less than truck load operation.

Con-way were warmly congratulated by the President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, Bill Graves who said the figures demonstrated the company’s commitment to safety for drivers and public alike.