Florida Trucking Association Safety Management Council Awards

The annual FTA Safety Management Awards are among the most prestigious awards our Association distributes. Our member companies represent impressive safety statistics in terms of both fleet operations and drivers with little or no accident history over a multi-decade career on the road.

This program is designed to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of both driver and fleet. We want you to participate this year by entering your company in the awards. Nominations are free and can mean a great deal for employee morale and even your business profile.

Award entries are due by March 31, 2017.

The Awards ceremony is scheduled for June 17, 2017 at the Florida Truck Driving Championships banquet in Daytona Beach. Winners will be notified by May 5, 2017 in order to make arrangements for travel to the banquet.

Fleet Safety Awards

WHO MAY SUBMIT NOMINATIONS:

Any FTA member company may submit an entry for their fleet.

COMPANY ELIGIBILITY:

Entries for the Fleet Safety Award must be a member company of the Florida Trucking Association and must have an active terminal in the state during the competition period.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Contest period runs from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

2. You must choose only one “carrier type” per nomination (TL, LTL, Bulk/Other).

3. Three separate mileage categories (per carrier type) will be defined based on the entries received (e.g. “Under 2 Million Miles,” “Over 5 Million Miles,” etc.). One winner will be chosen in each category. Total miles will be used as a tie breaker.

4. Annual data: Use total Florida miles and all Florida DOT recordable accidents. Note all data is subject to verification.

  • a. NOTE: “Accident” for the purposes of this competition is defined as outlined as “DOT Recordable Accident” in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) §390.5. “Accident-free” shall mean “free of all DOT Recordable Accidents, regardless of fault.” Count such accidents occurring within the state of Florida during the contest year only.
  • b. Do not report alleged accidents, accidents involving cargo damage only, or accidents involving non-commercial vehicles (vehicles < 26,000 lbs GVWR). Also exclude company wreckers or service vehicles.

5. The Crash Frequency Rate will be calculated using total Florida miles and all Florida DOT Recordable Accidents (only)

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Driver Awards

WHO MAY SUBMIT NOMINATIONS:

Any FTA member company may submit a nomination from their driver roster to the Florida Trucking Association for Driver of the Month.

DRIVER ELIGIBILITY:

Nominees for the Driver of the Month/Year Award must be employed by or contracted to a member company of the Florida Trucking Association, and must have been continuously so employed or contracted for a least one (1) year prior to the nomination date. Nominees must also hold a valid Florida CDL.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Failure to provide ALL of these items along with this FORM could disqualify your driver
• MVR – Minimum of seven (7) year or lifetime MVR. The MVR must be dated within 30 days of nomination. A three (3) year MVR will disqualify your driver.
• Ring size – This is very important. If selected as Driver of the Year, your nominee will receive a ring at the Awards Banquet.
• Supporting documents – Copies of documents such as newspaper articles, letters of recommendation, witness statements, accident reports, etc. are important to explain accidents and provide back up for awards and training assertions. Certificates of completion or participation must be included for training outlined in the application.

BASIS FOR SELECTION:

The committee considers the following during competition judging:
1. Length of accident-free record (in years), with a minimum of at least one (1) year. This is measured in number of consecutive accident-free years prior to the application date.
NOTE: “Accident” for the purposes of this competition is defined as outlined as “DOT Recordable Accident” in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) §390.5. “Accident-free” shall mean “free of all DOT Recordable Accidents, regardless of fault.”
2. Attitude for doing an outstanding job over a long period of time.
3. Length of service as a driver with one (1) company.

MILEAGE CATEGORY:

Drivers will be scored against their peer group by mileage and route classification. Choose ONLY ONE route classification (based on what most closely describes your driver’s description):
1. OTR/Long Haul – Driver operating in an over-the-road environment who does NOT return to the same work reporting location each day.
2. Local – Driver operates both within a city and regional environment and returns to the same work reporting location each day.
3. City/Peddler – City driver who works within a single area or municipality, such as an LTL city or route driver, and returns to the same work reporting location each day.

CONTEST JUDGING:

An independent panel of three judges drawn from the law enforcement, regulatory and trucking sectors will select the Driver of the Year. The decision of the judges will be final. There will be a two-tier selection process:

Tier One An FTA Safety Management Council judging committee will score all nominations and select twelve (12) Drivers of the Month.

Tier Two The twelve (12) Drivers of the Month will be required to complete a Driver Questionnaire for the Independent Judging Panel. This must be included in the initial nomination submission.

• Nominees will be evaluated based on their character; community standing; safety record; acts of heroism (verified by witnesses and material evidence of their act); or other activity which may have an effect on the judges’ decision. Statements from insurance companies and/or the National Safety Council will be accepted as vouchers for accuracy of a driver’s safety record.
• Individuals selected for Drivers of the Month will receive suitable recognition signifying the accomplishment. As soon as possible after the selection of Drivers of the Month, the Tier Two panel will review responses to the Driver Questionnaire and select one of those twelve to be Driver of the Year. The Driver of the Year will receive a trophy, driver’s ring, and a gift from the FTA-SMC.

Note: The winner for any month shall be ineligible for competition for a period of three (3) years, and Driver of the Year shall be ineligible for competition for a period of five (5) years.

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Safety Professional Award

The object of this program is to advance standards of excellence for professional truck fleet accident prevention program personnel. Recognition for those accomplishments that are judged outstanding will be a special plaque and ring from the Florida Trucking Association and the FTA Safety Management Council.


WHO MAY SUBMIT NOMINATIONS:

Any FTA member company may submit an entry for their safety professional.

COMPANY ELIGIBILITY:

Entries for the Safety Professional of the Year Award must be a member company of the Florida Trucking Association and must have an active terminal in the state during the competition period. Eligibility is extended to persons responsible for safety in their FTA member company who have the authority to affect development of policies and programs related to loss prevention, safety awareness and compliance. Any individual or official of a trucking company who is a member of FTA in good standing may submit nominations. Nominees must agree to full disclosure of qualifications and background, including providing information to the FTA/SMC Selection Committee. The Selection Committee shall keep such information confidential. Unsuccessful candidates may update and resubmit their nomination the following year. Award winners are ineligible for this award with a five-year period. Please note: special consideration is given to those applicants who actively participate in FTA Safety Management Council activities and events, such as TDC volunteering, SMC Executive Committee, driver appreciation events, vehicle inspections, etc.

JUDGING:

Entries will be judged by a Selection Committee composed of former Safety Professional of the Year winners, whose decision will be based on the information provided as outlined in the “Nominee’s Experience and Record” form. The nominee’s activities in leadership and participation in FTA’s Safety Programs will also be reviewed by the Selection Committee to determine the candidate’s accomplishments in these areas.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The Safety Professional of the Year award is not necessarily awarded on an annual basis. It will not be awarded unless more than one (1) nomination is received for a contest period or for any other circumstance at the Selection Committee’s discretion.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Failure to provide items in a portfolio format will disqualify you from consideration.

  • Nominee must be a person responsible for safety in their FTA member company who has the authority to affect development of policies and programs related to loss prevention, safety awareness and compliance.
  • Nominee must submit a portfolio to include career résumé, accomplishments and contributions as it relates to safety. The portfolio should include a photograph of nominee, index, introduction letter* and tabbed sections.
  • The portfolio work product content is to be supported by documents; photos, videos, charts and/or graphics which demonstrate the Nominee’s ability to develop and implement safety initiatives which improved safety performance and awareness.
  • Nominee’s involvement in industry associations, safety councils, community service are to be included. Supporting documents should be included.
  • Nominee’s career training and accredited professional certifications.

*Introduction Letter – Nominee is to include a letter to the Judging Committee summarizing the Nominee’s career and contribution to safety. Maximum 500 words.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Contest period runs from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
  2. All applications must be presented in a portfolio format. Seek to present yourself in the most professional manner possible.

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