2007-05-01 Roehl adds yet another national safety award

MARSHFIELD, WI—Already recognized as one of the safest carriers on the road, Roehl Transport recently added to a string of top industry honors for safety with the prestigious Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Safety Award.

The award, based on an independent audit of the company’s DOT recordable accident record, is the latest earned over the past three years confirming Roehl’s superior safety performance. Roehl has also won top-level safety awards from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) for 2004 and 2005 (van and flatbed fleets), the Safety and Operational Excellence Platinum Award from Great West Risk Management four years running, and the ATA’s 2005 Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award.

“The TCA award is based on an independent audit of Roehl’s low incidence of DOT reportable accidents and reflects a tradition of safety that benefits shippers, the motoring public and our drivers,” noted John Spiros, Vice President of Safety for the Wisconsin based carrier. The long string of national recognition as one the safest trucking companies in the nation attests to the effectiveness of the company’s proprietary safe driving program and a corporate culture built around safety as a cornerstone value. The company’s nearly 2,000 drivers are taught a concept Roehl calls “Protective Driving.” The approach teaches drivers to go beyond mere defensive driving which emphasizes avoidance of being caught up in an accident and instead teaches skills that allow drivers to actively prevent accidents, even if they wouldn’t involve their vehicle. “Protective driving is a higher level of responsibility and we are proud of our drivers’ commitment to the safety of all motorists,” Spiros said.

Roehl’s uncompromising focus on safety also translates to superior customer service, Spiros said. “It means less freight damage and less delay due to accidents,” he explained. The company’s top on-time delivery and low claim ratio goes hand in hand with its industry leading safety record.

The TCA award recognizes Roehl as one of the safest carriers in the nation among those truckload companies that run more than 100 million miles annually. The company had only .40 DOT reportable accidents per million miles compared to an industry average of .58 for its large carrier division. DOT reportable accidents include all accidents that resulted in a fatality or personal injury for which the person received immediate medical treatment away from the scene of the accident or in which one of the vehicles involved was damaged to point of being disabled. Over 120 truckload carriers were evaluated for the TCA awards. Roehl also boasts one of the top DOT SafeStat scores in the nation that includes not just reportable accident data but also considers DOT inspection compliance and incidences of traffic citations/reports.

Headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin, Roehl is one of the 100 largest trucking companies in the U.S. and provides truckload services throughout the nation and Canada.