Thursday, November 05, 2020

ATA Safety & Maintenance Council recognized nationally for excellence

Above: ATA staffers Brandie Norcross (left) and Tim Frazier display the Association’s newest award for leadership in safety. Photo by Dylan Powell.

The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has recognized the Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) for outstanding leadership in fleet safety development and promotion.

National ATA’s Safety Management Council’s Summa Cum Laude Safety Award, sponsored by Great West Casualty Co., recognizes state trucking associations (STA) for effective implementation and execution of programs to promote and foster industry safety standards and best practices throughout the state’s trucking sector. It’s the 20th straight year SMMC has received the distinction.

SMMC’s recent fleet workplace and highway safety successes include fielding three separate chapters (Birmingham, Wiregrass and Gulf Coast) with more than 200 fleet safety and maintenance managers working for ATA-member firms; developing and implementing initiatives that train and certify fleet safety managers; hosting award programs that recognize members’ and their employees’ outstanding safety records; and offering numerous training and educational events throughout the year to promote best practices at all levels of the industry from the boardroom to the truck cab.

“Our safety council has been a leading organization for fleet safety for more than three decades,” said ATA Vice President of Safety and Compliance Tim Frazier. “Our members’ top concern is reducing fatal accidents on state roadways while raising public awareness that the trucking industry is leading the way for industry and public safety. We’re proud to be recognized for our continuing efforts.”

The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council is the only national organization dedicated to advancing safe policies, practices and technology; and effective risk management and accident/injury prevention in the trucking industry. SMC also addresses trucking’s unique human resource challenges, health and wellness issues, as well as recruitment and retention strategies.