The Governor’s Transportation Safety Awards were established in 1993 and sponsored by the Virginia Board of Transportation Safety, which is comprised of citizens appointed by the Governor of Virginia.
This awards program recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to transportation safety in Virginia. The awards recognize exemplary accomplishments in the public, private and nonprofit sectors by individuals, state and local governments, federal agencies, the military, businesses and organizations that promote transportation safety.
The diligent work of those involved in transportation safety issues and the countless volunteers who make a difference by improving the safety in the Commonwealth are impressive. This awards program demonstrates the appreciation for those committed to transportation safety and highlights the achievements of deserving Virginians. To be nominated for one of these awards is a top achievement and speaks highly of your work. To win one of these awards is indeed a true honor.
This is the second time that Houff Transfer, Inc. has received a Governor’s Transportation Safety Award.
In March 2012, The Truckload Carriers Association awarded Houff Transfer Second Place in division, an award for Excellence in Safety. This award is based on the Department of Transportation’s reportable crashes. Houff Transfer appreciates being recognized for this prestigious award in Safety from the Truckload Carriers Association and thanks all employees who work together to make this award possible!
Houff knows its drivers need a clean and comfortable place to rest and relax between runs. In response, a new building has been opened at the Baltimore terminal. This state of the art facility offers drivers a large lounge with comfortable seating and satellite TV. There are also three private restrooms with showers.
Congratulations to Houff Transfer Inc employees for making our company a safe place to work. Dale Unroe from Covington, Va was the winner of the new 2011 Dodge four-door pickup given away.
Houff Transfer’s newest terminal – including a 26,000-square-foot-warehouse – has opened for business in Suffolk, Va. Besides providing a stellar location for a trucking company, the new terminal allows for warehousing and cross docking. The company serves all local ports in Hampton Roads.
The Virginia Trucking Association has named Houff Transfer Safety Director Alan Caviness its 2010 Virginia Truck Safety Professional of the Year. Caviness, of Fishersville, has been involved in the motor carrier industry for 19 years and worked for Houff Transfer for the past 7 years.
Under Caviness’s safety leadership, Houff Transfer employees have reduced their workers’ compensation claims by 83 percent over the past 5 years and their accident claims have dropped in six of the past seven years. Alan was also instrumental in spearheading a “Move Over” law public education campaign in partnership with the Virginia State Police and several other trucking fleets. He has been active in the Virginia Trucking Association Safety Management Council for 13 years serving as chairman of numerous committees and also as chairman of the council.
Congratulations to all Houff Transfer Inc company drivers and shop personnel who went an entire 12 months without a lost-time injury. Because of this awesome feat, the company gave away a new 2009 Ford F150 at the company picnic in August. The winner: Stanley Freemantle of Verona.
Since starting the truck award program in 2005, Houff has given away two trucks. What employee will be next to win?
The Virginia Board of Transportation presented Houff Transfer with its Governor’s Award for Motor Carrier Safety. The award usually goes to a law enforcement agency and Houff Transfer is the first motor carrier to win the award. The company was honored for its “Safety Starts Here” campaign which it began in 2005 by placing decals along the door handles of all their trucks. This program was expanded to include decals on every door at every HTI facility to ensure Houff drivers understand that safety starts with them.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Houff Transfer for committing to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations as a Smartway Transport Partner.
Houff Transfer, Inc. of Weyers Cave, Va. was presented the 2008 Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety in Virginia, which is awarded to the company judged to have had the state’s most effective motor carrier safety program during 2007. Houff Transfer won the award in their division with an accident frequency rate of 0.4. In 2007 their Virginia-based drivers worked a total of 315,000 hours with no fatalities and no lost time injuries.
Fleet Safety Awards for having the lowest 2007 Virginia accident frequency rate in their class of competition were presented to:
Apollo Van Lines – Ashland, VA
FedEx Ground – Charlotte, NC
Gwaltney Transportation Company, Inc. – Smithfield, VA
R.O. Harrell, Inc. – South Boston, VA
Houff Transfer Inc. – Weyers Cave, VA
Howell’s Motor Freight – Roanoke, VA
Regional Enterprises Inc. – Hopewell, VA
Roadway Express – Akron, OH
Robinson Terminal Warehouse – Alexandria, VA
Security Storage Company of Washington – Dulles, VA
Wilson Trucking Corporation – Fishersville, VA