One of Ward Transport & Logistics’ core values is:
We believe that Safety is a moral obligation that we owe not only to our valued employees, but also to all those with whom we share the highways.
Though we (too) often focus our Safety discussions on ratios, comparisons, measurements, goals and costs, ultimately, the real cost of Safety is: The Human Cost.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics recently released its preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries 2011 study, which only confirms just how dangerous our industry is:
“Transportation and Material Moving Occupations” was the leading category of occupational fatalities
- Of the 4,609 occupational fatalities in the U.S. last year, 1,078 (nearly ¼) were for truck drivers and dock workers
- The leading cause of death among drivers was “vehicular accidents”
- The leading causes of death for dock workers were “slips, trips, falls” and “struck by object/equipment”
Ward respects the rights of others in sharing the highways with our vehicles. Please make note of these suggestions to improve your safety while enabling our employees to execute their duties for our valued customers:
- Stay out of the “No Zone”. Large trucks have blind spots around the front, back and sides of the vehicle, where you are not visible to the truck driver, putting you in harm’s way. Always remember, if you don’t see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, he cannot see you.
- Avoid the “Squeeze Play”. Trucks often need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn, especially in urban areas. They can’t see cars directly behind or beside them, so cutting in between the truck and the curb puts you in danger, by increasing the possibility of an accident.
- >Pass Safely. When attempting to pass a truck, make sure you can see the front of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling back into that lane of travel. Allow yourself – and the truck – a “safety cushion”, as trucks take much longer to stop than other vehicles. An 80,000 lb. truck going 65 MPH can take a full 300 feet to come to a stop after hitting the brakes.
Ward is about Safety
Should safety be one of your criteria for the selection of your transportation partners? If so, look no further, as Ward is one of the safest carriers around:
- Two- time winner of the American Trucking Associations’ prestigious President’s Trophy, indicative of having the best overall safety program in the country.
- A regular winner of state trucking associations’ annual safety awards
- The recipient of Hartford Insurance’s Pewter Stag Award, for distinguished achievement in accident control
- 63 drivers in the company’s history have earned the William W. Ward award, for having driven 20 consecutive years without a preventable accident;
- 10 of those professional drivers went on to achieve 30 consecutive years of driving without a preventable accident – that’s well over 20,000,000 miles of safe driving!