Kriska Holdings Limited and Britton Transport Inc were honored with a 2014 Volvo Trucks Safety Award during a ceremony at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego CA recently.
Recognized for their exceptional safety performance and training programs, each company received $25,000 to further develop their safety-related efforts.
The Volvo Trucks Safety Awards recognize the outstanding safety achievements of North American fleets. Michelin America Truck Tires again joined Volvo Trucks as a supporting sponsor of the awards.
Now entering its sixth year, the annual Volvo Trucks Safety Awards are open to all motor carriers in the United States and Canada with more than five Class 8 trucks. The awards are given in two categories: one for fleets with more than 20 million miles of annual operation, and the other for those with less than 20 million miles. Winners are selected using several criteria, including accident frequency rates, using the US Department of Transportation definition of a “recordable accident,” and their safety and accident prevention training programs.
Kriska Holdings of Prescott, Ontario, Canada won the Volvo Trucks Safety Award in the over 20 million miles category. Family-owned and operated, the Kriska group of companies was founded in 1978. Located south of Ottawa, Ontario on the Canada-US border, Kriska Holdings operates a fleet of 340 trucks specializing in transborder service. In 2013, the company had an accident frequency rate of just .25, while logging more than 32 million miles in operation.
Kriska Holdings provides its new drivers with at least four weeks of in-cab training from one of 16 veteran driver trainers. Drivers also have the ability to enhance their skills and knowledge through use of the company’s in-house driver simulator. Kriska Holdings also developed a Safety & Performance Bonus Program, which rewards Kriska operators with cash incentives for driving three months without a safety incident.
Britton Transport of Grand Forks ND received the Volvo Trucks Safety Award in the under 20 million miles category. Britton Transport began operations in 1980 as a truck brokerage service. It handles diverse cargo including machinery, building materials, foodstuffs, and general commodities.
For current CDL holders with less than two years of experience, Britton Transport developed a Driver Finishing program. This nine-week program offers inexperienced drivers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience from Britton Transport’s expert driver trainers. The firm also emphasizes continuous learning, with each of its drivers being assigned at least two required safety courses per quarter.
With a fleet of 97 trucks, Britton Transport had an accident frequency of .32 in over 9.2 million miles of operation.