Our next award recognizes outstanding fleet safety performance. The Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety is awarded to the company which, in the opinion of the judges, had the best overall safety record and program during calendar year 2022.
Safety is simply part of this company’s DNA which is why on every truck and at each terminal, they have written the words: “Safety Starts Here.”
They regularly reward their drivers and shop employees for their individual and collective safety records. Every three months that the entire company goes without a lost-time injury, they hold an employee drawing for a free television or satellite radio. When the company goes an entire 12 months without a lost time injury, the drawing is for a new 4×4 pickup truck!
In 2009, this company became the first motor carrier to ever win the Virginia Board of Transportation Governor’s Safety Award for Motor Carrier Safety, an award that is usually given to a law enforcement agency.
Obviously, our winner is a very safety-focused company and as they say the proof is in the pudding. In 2022, their drivers traveled over 5 million miles and only had 1 accident out of 158 drivers.
This company is an active member of the VTA, with 8 employees having attended 14 different Association events in the last year alone. Their immediate past Safety Director was previously named the VTA Safety Professional of the Year and chaired a our annual Safety & HR Conference many times. They are almost always the first to answer the call to help whether that be by volunteering with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)’s Sharing the Road program or by providing over 100 chairs at last year’s state truck driving championships.
The 2023 Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety Award goes to Houff Transfer, Inc.!