For the tenth straight year, Werner Enterprises has been recognized as a 2015 Top Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine. The magazine ranks companies on the strength of their military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service and policies toward National Guard and Reserve services.
Werner, widely acknowledged for its efforts to ease the transition of military veterans into the workplace, continues to support our country’s veterans and their spouses. Werner’s Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship, developed in 2006, was the first of its kind to be approved by the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs and allows veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to pay for training while receiving on-the-job instruction.
In 2012, Werner pledged to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years through 2016. As of February 2015, Werner had hired 5,425 veterans and 204 veteran spouses. Military veterans comprise 20 percent of Werner’s driver workforce and 15 percent of all company associates.
Army veteran David Conkling is a seasoned professional driver who launched his trucking career in 1976. Conkling has driven for Werner since 2002 and has been a trainer nearly as long.
Conkling has achieved more than 1 million accident-free miles and drives the inaugural Freedom 1 truck as part of Werner’s veteran recruiting initiative, Operation Freedom. He and his wife reside in Metairie, Louisiana.
A team of Werner executives, including President and COO Derek Leathers, made a stop at the Dallas terminal Sunday, March 15, to thank drivers for their hard work and dedication and share a meal of barbecue from Porky Butts.
See photos of the event here.
National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites.
The key message is to use extra caution in work zones.
About 800 people, most of them motorists, are killed in roadway work zones every year. Work zones can be dangerous for both construction workers and motorists and require extra caution on the part of drivers. It’s important to remember that lower speed limits posted during road construction are intended to keep workers safe. Slow down when entering a work zone and let workers do their jobs and stay safe.
While driving through a work zone, stay alert and pay attention. Special hazards include reduced speed limits, narrowed lanes, construction equipment and workers out on foot. Slow down as soon as you see the signs and keep a safe distance in front of and on all sides of your vehicle. This helps you travel smoothly through the construction zone. Try to minimize distractions and expect delays.
Use the three “S’s” to manage work zones safely: speed, space and stress. Select a safe speed, manage your space and don’t get stressed. Handle these three factors and you’re almost home free.
Work Zone Safety Tips:
- Don’t speed in work zones, obey the posted speed limits and adjust your speed for weather conditions. Speeding is a major cause of work zone crashes. If you injure a highway worker, you could spend time in jail.
- Stay alert and expect the unexpected.
- Watch for workers and drive with caution.
- Don’t change lanes unnecessarily or when prohibited.
- Avoid distractions like talking on the phone, changing radio stations or snacking.
- During the day, turn on your headlights so workers and other drivers can see you. At night, trouble spots can be hard to see, and you may have to deal with the glare of work lights.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times, and don’t let your frustration allow you to make bad decisions. Plan your trip to allow for construction delays.
- Allow ample space between you and the vehicle in front of you. The most common work zone crash is the rear-end collision, which is almost always caused by inattentive drivers who don’t have enough following distance and who are not prepared for sudden slow downs and bad drivers.
- Anticipate lane shifts and lane closures and obey lane restrictions that limit trucks to specific lanes.
- Most importantly – be patient, stay calm and drive defensively.
Help celebrate Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration! If you will be in the Dallas, Texas, area Sunday, March 15, please join us at the Dallas terminal for lunch from 1100-1300. President and COO Derek Leathers will speak and be available afterward to discuss issues important to you. Watch for other upcoming events at terminals and Dedicated sites throughout the network through April 17.
Werner recognized four professional drivers on March 5 for their safety achievements during the company’s First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony at its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. David Cooke was honored with a 3 million mile accident-free award, while Daniel Winterbottom, David Vandergriff and Roderic Young each were presented with a 2 million mile accident-free award.
“These gentlemen represent the will to win, the desire to succeed and a strong commitment to excellence,” said Guy Welton, vice president of Operations. “Their impeccable driving records put them in a very elite status of the top 1 percent of our active drivers.”
Werner’s Senior Executive Vice President – Specialized Services Marty Nordlund provides a run down on the first leg of Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration tour and gives an update on where the tour is going next.
Check out the video here.
Professional driver Allen Parker began his career with Werner in 1987. Parker, who previously served as a Road Team captain, is a current Road Team mentor. In 2012, he was honored for achieving 3 million accident-free miles.
When not behind the wheel, Parker often can be found behind a microphone. He recorded a second gospel album in Nashville with his wife, Connie. The couple resides in Fairbury, Nebraska.
Werner executives wrapped up the first leg of Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration with two stops on March 2 – Phoenix, Arizona, and Fontana, California.
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Werner executives made a stop in Henderson, Colorado, on Sunday, March 1, to visit with professional drivers during Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration.
Check out photos of the event here.