Ruan Transportation Management Systems was awarded a 2015 Volvo Trucks Safety Award recently at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA. Ruan was honored for our exemplary safety record and training program and will receive $25,000 for future safety initiatives.
“We are honored and proud to be recognized with the Volvo safety award,” said Lisa Gonnerman, vice president of safety for Ruan. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our professional drivers and protecting the motoring public around us. We are driven to be safe, and our programs demonstrate our safety focus.”
Founded in 1932, Ruan is one of the top 10 privately owned transportation companies in the U.S. with 270-plus locations. With more than 3,900 trucks in our fleet, Ruan hauls freight for a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, food and dairy, chemicals, medical supplies and waste.
In the 1940s, Ruan became the first transportation company to introduce a formal safety program. Today, our robust Megasafe Safety Program includes a vast array of elements that allow us to have a Safety Focus in all that we do. Ruan’s Megasafe Safety Program is our overarching, comprehensive safety structure that drives mandatory quarterly safety training that all company drivers and terminal staff attend; customer and team member communications; content in newsletters, posters, bulletins and other safety materials; new driving training; boot and personal protective equipment (PPE) programs; and many other initiatives.
Ruan drivers logged more than 246 million miles in 2014 and had a very low accident frequency rate.
The Volvo Trucks Safety Award program, now entering its seventh year, recognizes the outstanding safety performance of North American fleets. The Volvo Trucks Safety Awards are open to all U.S. and Canadian motor carriers operating at least five Class 8 units, at least one of which must be a Volvo model. Winners are selected based on their accident frequency rates, using the U.S. Department of Transportation definition of a recordable accident, as well as their safety and accident prevention programs. Top prizes are awarded to the fleets with the best records in two divisions based on annual vehicle miles traveled: less than 20 million miles and more than 20 million miles. Ruan was recognized in the more than 20 million miles category, and Searcy Trucking was recognized in the less than 20 million miles category.
“By making safety a priority every day, Ruan Transportation and Searcy Trucking were able to deliver an outstanding safety performance during the past year,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Their investments in industry-leading safety programs and training show a dedication to driver safety, and we congratulate them on this achievement.”