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Virginia Trucking Association presents 2019 Fleet Safety Awards


virginia trucking associationThe Virginia Trucking Association presented its 2019 Safety Awards on April 3rd during its Annual VTA Safety and Human Resources Conference, held at the UVA Inn at Darden in Charlottesville.

The safety awards are generously sponsored by Nansemond Insurance Agency of Suffolk.

J.D. Newman, Inc. of Elkwood was presented the 2019 Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety in Virginia. This award is presented to the company that was judged to have had the state’s most effective motor carrier safety program during 2018. J.D. Newman, Inc. won the award in their division with an DOT recordable accident frequency rate of 0 in Virginia and only 2 lost workday cases. With their dedication to safety their efforts proved to be very rewarding in 2018, resulting in having travelled 2.4 million accident free miles and had 22 no violation inspections.

Andy Butler of J.D. Newman, Inc. in Elkwood was named the Safety Professional of the year. This award is presented to a person responsible for directing or supervising safety activities of a VTA member trucking fleet and be of high moral character and devoted their career to the field of highway and industrial safety. Butler Is a standout in everything he does and attempts. He wears many hats, his main goal is safety director but ultimately he will be involved in all phases of personnel, equipment, customer matters and general operations. His professionalism, personality and intelligence allows him to handle any situation. The relationship he maintains with all employees is important to their comfort within the company. He is active in the community and VTA. He is also a new father.

Steve Purks of King George and a driver for Wal-mart Transportation in Mount Crawford was named the 2019 Virginia Truck Driver of the Year. Purks has been a professional truck driver for over 27 years for his current employer and during that time has accumulated 3.1 million miles of safe driving without a preventable or non-preventable accident. He is a member of the accident review committee for his company along with helping to determine preventability in the company’s collisions. He is active in several lodges and clubs. He has participated in the state truck driving championships and placed 3rd. His company has rewarded his 3 million miles of safe driving.

Fleet Safety Awards were presented to the following companies that had the lowest 2018
Virginia accident frequency rate in their class of competition:

Associated Asphalt Transport LLC-Roanoke
Carmax Auto Superstores Inc. – Richmond
Hatchett Transportation Inc. – Bassett
Hilldrup Companies – Stafford
Howell’s Motor Freight, Inc. – Roanoke
IDM Trucking Inc. – Weyers Cave
J. W. Manning – Harrisonburg
J.D. Newman, Inc. – Elkwood
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. – Thomasville, NC

Improvement Awards for the fleets which had the greatest percentage of improvement in their accident frequency over the previous contest year were won by Englander Transportation, Inc., Rustburg; and Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp, Providence Forge.

Fleet Safety Certificates were awarded to the following companies who had an improved safety record over the previous year:

Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp – Providence Forge
CVS Transportation LLC – Southfield, MI
Englander Transportation, Inc – Rustburg
FedEx Freight Inc – – Harrison, AR
Fleetmaster Express, Inc – Roanoke
Hilldrup Companies – Stafford
Howell’s Motor Freight, Inc. – Roanoke
IDM Trucking Inc – Weyers Cave
J. W. Manning – Harrisonburg
J.D.Newman, Inc.- Elkwood
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. – Thomasville, NC
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co of Central VA – Charlottesville



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