Director of Safety Jim Kochenderfer discusses Brake Safety Week.
To ensure the safety of the motoring public, through May 31 law enforcement will be making a special effort to check motorists for proper seat belt use in support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign.
If you have plans to hit the road, buckle up at all times. Wearing a seat belt will not only help you avoid a ticket, it also can save your life – statistics show that properly wearing a seat belt can increase the chance of surviving a crash by more than 50 percent.
If wearing a seat belt isn’t a habit for you, make it one. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the National Highway Safety Transportation’s message to all motorists is simple – share the road. Warmer weather entices both car and motorcycle enthusiasts to road trip, and whether on two, four or 18 wheels, we need to remember to follow the same rules of the road.
So as we gear up for our road trips and joy rides, pay special attention. Motorists can easily miscalculate the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle due to its smaller dimensions. To prevent crashes, drivers should check the position of a motorcycle at least two or three times before proceeding through an intersection, changing lanes or making a turn.
Motorcyclists in turn also should practice safety, and the best protection is
preparation. In most states, an important step in the license process includes passing a skills test. Taking a safety course gets you ready to hit the road safely and with confidence.
Wearing the appropriate gear also is a good measure of safety, including a helmet, durable clothing and shoes. Perhaps the best thing motorcyclists can do is always stay visible to other motorists.
So have fun on the road, but remember – we all want to get there safely, so we must do our part to share the road.
Also now open is the new 24 hour, seven day a week fitness facility at the Dallas, Texas, terminal. Add this as a stop to your regular fitness routine, and get a workout in before you hit the road.
Werner held its Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony Sept. 16 during the heart of Driver Appreciation Week with President and COO Derek Leathers as emcee in front of a packed Conestoga building. Leathers presented the 3 million safe driving miles award to Michael Sheeds and the 2 million safe driving miles award to Robert Corn Jr. “These are special moments for Werner,” said President and COO Derek Leathers. “Together, these two drivers alone have accumulated 5 million safe driving miles, and that is what this industry is all about.”
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“We look forward to these opportunities, not just this week but throughout the year, when we can express our gratitude and respect for all of the professional drivers on the road,” said President and COO Derek Leathers. “The importance of what they do can never be emphasized enough.”
All this week, all Werner terminals and the majority of our off-site Dedicated operations will host cookouts featuring complimentary meals, food days, meetings and games.
Drivers will be presented with a Werner-branded gift, as well as other items donated by the company and industry partners.
In addition, our drivers can receive exclusive offers at the Company Store, including 25 percent off of purchases totaling more than $25, and participate in raffles for a chance to win prizes like flat screen TV’s, two NASCAR racing tires, a one-night stay at the Werner Valley Lodge and gift cards.
Throughout the years, Stewart’s driving experience has run the gamut of Werner services, including Flatbed, Temperature-Controlled and Vans. He also has driven on a team, as a solo and as a trainer.
“It’s been a fun 22 years,” Stewart said. “Compared to 20 years ago, driving today can be hard, but driving a Werner truck makes the job a whole lot easier.”
His safety advice to other drivers is to slow down and rest.
Stewart, an army veteran, resides in Lemon Grove, Calif., and enjoys spending time on his fishing boat.
On the evening of Aug. 14 in Weeping Water, Neb., Nissen was visiting his friend and co-worker, Dixie Norris, when she began having speech difficulties and fell convulsing from her chair. While 911 was dialed and a neighbor ran for help, Nissen rolled Norris, who had no pulse and was not breathing, on her back and began chest compressions. Norris soon began breathing and regained consciousness by the time the ambulance arrived.
“I got lucky,” said Nissen, who has had no formal medical training.
Lucky or not, his heroic actions were recognized and honored Sept. 20 with a Humanitarian award.
“It gives me a great, great honor to present somebody who is not only a true friend of ours in our hometown, but someone who if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know where I would be today,” said Norris, who presented Nissen the award.
Humanitarian awards honor those who demonstrate lifesaving efforts and selflessly help others in a time of need.
The Werner Enterprises team represented strongly at this year’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 22-24. Three Werner drivers were named top 10 finalists in the 2013 Trucking’s Top Rookie competition:
- Timothy Pye
- Immanuel Odongkara
- Michael Bonniwell
Each finalist, selected from a list of 46 nominees, was recognized at an Aug. 23 ceremony and received $1,000 cash and additional prizes.
Werner also had two drivers take home honors in Overdrive’s Pride and Polish Competition. David Green and the Operation Freedom 2 truck received first place in the Working Bobtail – First Show – 2012 and newer class. Tom Pietrzak earned second place in the Working Combo – Company Truck – 2013 or newer class.
Congratulations to all of these professional drivers!
Werner Enterprises hosted a live radio remote at its global headquarters in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, Aug. 1. The SiriusXM Radio show “Road Dog Trucking News” on channel 128 aired live from the Conestoga building on Werner’s campus. Host Mark Willis discussed industry issues and news with Werner President and COO Derek Leathers. Guest speakers Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Phillips and Vice President of Safety and Compliance Jaime Maus covered the topics of safety, equipment and regulations. Willis highlighted driver recruiting and the Operation Freedom program with Executive Vice President of Driver Resources Bob Synowicki and Associate Director of Government and Field Recruiting Jim Morbach. In addition, Willis talked with professional Werner drivers Charley Endorf, David Conkling and Tom Pietrzak to get their views regarding the rewards and challenges of life on the road.
Drivers and associates in attendance were able to sit in and listen to the live remote. A free lunch was provided along with games, music, giveaways and prizes for the drivers.
We thank all associates who took the time to participate in this great event to make it such a success.