Ryder has always placed the safety of its employees as its top priority. Now, new regulatory requirements are demanding higher levels of accountability, so the focus on safety is growing across the entire industry. As a result, fleet owners are stepping up efforts to implement safety programs, train drivers and use new tools, technologies and programs to improve highway safety. One of the most effective ways of minimizing crashes and driving a focus on safety is to implement a safety driven culture.

Ryder’s demonstrated commitment to safety over the course of our almost 80 year history has earned us a reputation as an industry leader. Our focus is sustained by multiple safety programs and initiatives. Safety performance is measured utilizing leading indicators as well as injury and collision frequency and severity. Operational Safety Plans are developed each year that focus on causation to target prevention activities throughout the organization. The Operational Safety Plan is distributed throughout our company utilizing a proactive web-based software system, Safety Tracking and Reporting (STAR). Our drivers, maintenance workers, and warehouse employees complete multiple trainings each year, including more than 127,000 web-based trainings in 2011.  For customers, our safety team provides value-added safety services through www.rydersafetyservices.com where customers can access safety and compliance training, products, and services.

Ryder’s safety awards and incentive programs are designed to encourage hands-on involvement, teach the right behaviors, and reinforce our safety culture. The annual Chairman’s Safety Awards program, now in its 13th year, recognizes employees across all business segments who achieve the highest overall rankings based on safety metrics such as lost work days, and injury and collision frequency. The annual Ryder Driver of the Year program recognizes three drivers who exemplify Ryder’s commitment to working and driving
safely while delivering outstanding customer service. Ryder has recognized driver safety excellence for 38 years.

We also recognize the adverse effects of fatigue on the safety and health of our employees and the general public. Ryder’s Fatigue Management Program is in place to ensure that no Ryder driver shall operate a vehicle on company business while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired by fatigue as to make it unsafe to operate a motor vehicle. This program consists of training, risk evaluation of work schedules, resources and proposed routes, communication processes, and safety reviews.  Specifically, our Captain of the Ship policy lets our drivers make the call about whether or not they can proceed safely.  If they feel that road conditions are not safe enough to make a run, or to complete one that’s in progress, being “Captain of the Ship” gives them the power to say so without penalty.

To download Ryder’s free whitepaper, Five Steps to Create a Safety Driven Culture, visit www.drivewhatmatters.com.

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