Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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32 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com with the whole program. "Instead, assess your most significant gap areas and build a plan on addressing those. Utilize the many tools that are available to support safety programs in fleets today," he says. It is not as easy as just mandat- ing some rules and regs, then sitting back down behind the desk. Man- agers need to ensure that there is a consistent application of the policy from driver to driver and customer to customer, which Wahba considers a its 2014 Volvo Truck Safety Awards "A fleet safety program needs to be at the core of a company's operating plan," says Jonathan Wahba, chief operating officer at Kriska, adding that buy-in from operations, sales, human resources and the executive team is critical in order to ensure a successful program and to help drive home the safety message. When planning a safety pro- gram, Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport, advises fleet managers to not be overwhelmed Stephane Babcock • Senior Editor W hen it comes to safety, there are no prizes for second best. Without a solid safety program, a fleet opens itself up to a number of dangers, including those to their own drivers as well as the ones sharing the road. During the 2014 ATA Manage- ment Conference and Exhibition this past October, Volvo Trucks honored a pair of fleets that have excelled in safety — Ontario, Canada's Kriska Transportation and Britton Trans- port of Grand Forks, N.D. — with (L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment, co-sponsor of the award; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver develop- ment, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. Winners of the 2014 Volvo Truck Safety Awards believe safety starts at the top, but the driver is the most important part of the equation. Safety&Compliance Creating a safety environment PHOTO: STEPHANE BABCOCK

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