UPS Drivers Establish "Remarkable" Safety Record

Discussion in 'UPS Pressroom News' started by cheryl, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    5,842 Now Included in "Circle of Honor" For Driving 25 Years or More Without Accident

    UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the induction of 1,235 drivers into its elite "Circle of Honor," raising to 5,842 the number of drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years or more.

    The number of new inductees is the largest for any single year in the company's history and includes 31 new members from Canada and Germany.

    Collectively, the 5,842 drivers have logged more than 5.3 billion miles and more than 161,746 years of safe driving through their careers. That's enough miles to circle the earth 212,000 times.

    "UPS and these remarkable drivers are setting a great example for everyone on our roadways by making public safety and safe driving a priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "I commend these drivers for achieving the milestone of 25 or more crash-free years of driving - and for helping create safer roads for all of us."

    Of the Circle of Honor members, 322 have been accident-free for 35 or more years, with 33 of those having driven more than 40 years without an accident. UPS's top safe driver in 2011 is Ohio Valley District tractor-trailer driver Ron "Big Dog" Sowder, who has achieved 50 years and over 4 million miles of driving without an accident.

    "It's an honor to lead this remarkable group of seasoned safe drivers," said Sowder. "I'm proud of what I've accomplished but I'm also proud of all UPS drivers for what they do every day. If I could give only one tip to motorists, it would be to leave a space cushion between you and the car ahead. Tailgating is a major cause of crashes and I see it more every day."

    This year, 36 new inductees are females and 16 women have joined the ranks of those with more than 30 years of safe driving. This latter group is led by Orlando tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom, who is credited with 37 years and more than 3 million miles without an accident. There are a total of 115 women in the Circle of Honor.

    UPS's 102,000 drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles per year with less than one accident per million miles driven.

    All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers. In 2010, UPS implemented a ban within its organization on text and e-mail messaging while behind the wheel, distractions that are a proven cause of traffic crashes.

    "Our training and our drivers' attention to details such as avoiding distractions while driving all play a part in their remarkable record," noted John McDevitt, UPS senior vice president of human resources and labor relations. "The annual expansion of the Circle of Honor is proof that our training works."

    UPS extends its safe driving expertise to the communities it serves through Road Code, a teen safe driving program available in the United States and now expanding globally. Taught by UPS volunteers, the program is available to teens between the ages of 13 and 18 and more than 5,200 teenagers have participated to date. The program is being extended to the UK, Canada and Germany and further international expansion is planned. The four-session training effort is based on UPS's safe driving methods. Road Code is offered in the U.S. in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America thanks to $6.1 million in contributions by The UPS Foundation.
     
  2. gman042

    gman042 Been around the block a few times

    Does not matter if you have one year safe driving or 25.....you still get nothing but a piece of paper. You would think that UPS would actually recognize these drivers for what they have accomplished. It is no small feat.
     
  3. Backlasher

    Backlasher Stronger, Faster, Browner

    Circle of honor = 5,842 drivers.

    Total Drivers worldwide = 102,000.

    5,842 ÷ 102,000 = 0.0572745098039216.

    So of UPS drivers; only 5.72.% are safe drivers / Circle of honor.

    $53 Million yr. spent on safety.

    $70,000 yr. average Driver pay.

    $53,000,000 ÷ $70,000 = 757.142 or 757 more drivers/routes. = smaller dispatch per route & SAFER ROUTES !!!

    How much total cost spent on supervisors cross the board following us in un marked cars writing reports ? I'm sure that would cover the bennies for the 757 new guys.

    Shouldn't our priorities be invested in better balanced routes with a true 8 hr. work ?

    How much $ spent on accidents/injuries that honestly a good percentage is from stress of bad work load Late start/finish, and bad dispatch with a bad trace in E.D.D. ?

    Do we recall how much UPS pays out to Insurance COMPANY for tier 1,2,3 accidents wether or not Driver at fault ?

    Total B.S. that Insurance charges UPS regardless of driver @ fault or not, but they do. ROBBERY, not our fault UPS, we don't make the Insurance policy !!

    Wouldn't we actually save more $ long term by adding routes and safer work loads and earlier punch outs giving Drivers less fatigue ?

    Think of the cost total for Insurance charges, Repairing or replacing damaged trucks/equipment. All the $ paid to managers tied up in Grievance procedures, $ spent workmans comp,etc..... How much is truly lost because of not enough routes to cover the work and over dispatch, stressed drivers just bound to make a mistake that they wouldn't have if they weren't screwed ? Overtime paid out. etc..................................................................................................................................................................................

    Are we really saving $, I think we are lossing $$.

    The big picture is just outside the window. Go take a look.

    I like #'s 2. l8)
     
  4. Backlasher

    Backlasher Stronger, Faster, Browner


    Only 5.72% of drivers R in circle of honor. Your correct. It is no small feat!!!

    Only thing though is, it does matter to me, even if it is just a piece of paper. I'd love 2 have it & hope that day comes. Talk about bragging rights.

    Oh, you did 20 sphor really, well can you beat this circle of honor badge ? Boo, Yea. It would B SWEET!!!!!