Werner Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Mullen praised the trucking industry’s safety investments and advancements during testimony at a Jan. 29 hearing on “Improving the Performance of our Transportation Networks: Stakeholder Perspectives” before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security.
“The trucking industry is justifiably proud of its commitment to safety,” Mullen said. “These investments in safety have yielded impressive dividends for the industry. Over the past decade, the number of large truck-related fatalities has dropped 21 percent, and the large truck fatality rate has dropped 37 percent.”
Mullen further elaborated by citing investments Werner has made in progressive safety technology and driver training, which has attributed to lower preventable crashes for the company by 22 percent between 2007 and 2014, and urged the government to concentrate on the chief causes of accidents to further improve overall safety.
“The trucking industry has a strong commitment to safety and an impressive record to show for it,” he said. “Continued improvement will require a focus on the primary causes of crashes, especially driver behavior, and incentives for the voluntary adoption of progressive safety programs.”
Check out this great video of J.W. Ray, the fifth professional driver added to our Operation Freedom fleet, receiving the keys to his new truck. Click here to view the video.
As one of 19 captains on the American Trucking Associations’ 2015-2016 America’s Road Team, professional Werner driver David Green (second row, fourth from the left) will travel the country to speak on behalf of the trucking industry to communities, news media and public officials while maintaining his job as a full-time professional driver.
Werner Enterprises added a fifth driver to its Operation Freedom fleet. During a ceremony today at its Fontana, California, terminal, Werner President and COO Derek Leathers welcomed professional driver J.W. Ray, a 6-year Army veteran, to the Freedom fleet.
“This is a great opportunity,” Ray said. “I will give my absolute best to live up to the expectations and honor all those who serve.”
A native of Heyburn, Idaho, Ray has enjoyed a long and successful career with Werner since 1994. In 18 years as a professional driver, he has achieved more than 1 million safe driving miles, has served as a captain on the 2005-2006 Werner’s Road Team and was selected for the 2011-2012 American Trucking Associations America’s Road Team. In addition, Ray worked for Werner as a safety specialist and a field recruiter.
Werner’s Operation Freedom program debuted its first truck, Freedom 1, in February 2013. Freedom 2 was introduced the following May, Freedom 3 in August of 2014 and Freedom 4 in November. The military-themed truck and trailer fleet travels on regular freight routes in addition to being showcased at truck shows, recruiting events and specific veteran ceremonies to bring awareness to Werner’s industry-leading military apprenticeship program.
Congratulations to professional Werner driver David Green for earning a spot on the prestigious American Trucking Associations (ATA) 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. Selected from 31 finalists, Green will serve as a captain with 18 other professional drivers.
America’s Road Team is a national public outreach program led by a select group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway. The new captains will travel the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to communities, news media and public officials while maintaining their jobs as full-time professional drivers.
Green has driven with Werner since 1991 and served more than 20 years as a trainer. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran has achieved more than 2 million safe driving miles, has served on Werner’s Road Team and currently drives Freedom 2.
It’s time to ring in a new year and celebrate as we usher in 2015.
As we wish everyone the happiest of new years, we would like to stress the importance of safety. So no matter what your plans are, please buckle up and be responsible, cautious and safe in your travels. There is so much to look forward to in 2015 – let’s make sure we all get there safely together.
Safety should be the No. 1 goal of every professional driver, and a driving career like Jeffery Koch’s is a shining example of why. Koch, a Werner driver since 1990, was recently awarded the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Dec. 9 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
Described by his fleet manager as the definition of a quiet professional, Koch is committed to safety every day.
“I just know that’s what I have to do,” Koch said. “It’s my goal to be safe.”
As a driver and a trainer, Koch makes safety his mission not just on the road but also with equipment, daily activities and policies.
A native of Middleburg, Florida, Koch enjoys spending his free time with his wife.
Being a professional driver requires skill, patience and professionalism, which for some appears to come naturally. Such is the case for professional Werner driver James “Jamie” Kerby, recent 2 million safe driving miles award recipient at the Dec. 9 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
Kerby has driven for Werner since 1994, spending most of that time hauling temperature-controlled units. Kerby’s fleet manager describes him as someone “built to drive,” but the seven-year Army veteran was very humble about his achievement.
“I just enjoy doing my job,” said Kerby, a native of Laredo, Texas. “I really like to drive.”
When we think of the holidays, we think of family gatherings, food, traditions and gift giving. It’s a time to create warm memories to last a lifetime. But behind the hustle and bustle of the busy season are the more than 3 million professional drivers steadfastly delivering the goods we need to complete our celebrations.
Each year, drivers deliver more than 840,000 tons of toys, 33 million trees and 22 million turkeys – all items we look forward to sharing each season.
Thank you to all of the professional drivers who help the holidays shine a little brighter. From all of us at Werner, we wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season.
Werner Enterprises was recently named to the eleventh annual list of FL100+ Software and Technology Providers by Food Logistics. Werner was recognized as a global supply chain and logistics leader whose practices benefit the industry by reducing food waste, extending shelf life and delivering safe and sanitary product while maintaining regulatory compliance.
“It is our responsibility to ensure the integrity of the supply chain services we provide for our customers,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers. “We utilize the most efficient and advanced supply chain technologies to help us achieve this goal.”
The editors of Food Logistics have recognized influential software and technology providers in the global food and beverage supply chain for more than a decade. The robust activity in the software and technology sector relative to the global food and beverage supply chain prompted the publication to expand this year’s list and rename it as the FL100+. Food Logistics is the only publication dedicated exclusively to the global food and beverage supply chain, and its FL100+ list will appear in the November/December 2014 issue.