Daily Archives: April 16, 2016

Holland Driver Ben Brewer Passes 3-Million-Mile Safe-Driving Milestone

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Holland professional driver Ben Brewer achieved the remarkable accomplishment of traveling over three million miles without a single collision. He joins an elite group of Holland drivers who’ve surpassed this impressive safety milestone, which is the equivalent of driving to the moon and back more than a dozen times.

“It’s hard to imagine the focus and skill it takes to accumulate a driving record of Ben’s caliber,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “We constantly encourage our drivers, dock hands and all employees to work safely, and that’s clearly something Ben took straight to heart. Getting our customers shipments delivered on time and in good condition is important, but there’s nothing more important than delivering them safely. On behalf of everyone at Holland, I’d like to thank Ben for the great job he does for our customers and for making the highways a safer place for all drivers.”

Ben, a linehaul driver at Holland’s Evansville, Indiana terminal, has been behind the wheel for over 44 years, the last 36 for Holland.

“Reaching three million safe miles shows the pride Ben takes in himself, in the job he does for our customers, and in being part of Holland,” said Jim Staats, the Evansville terminal manager. “It’s comforting to know there are outstanding drivers like Ben behind the wheel.”

Ben says: “Growing up, there were only a few things I wanted to do for a living. Driving a truck was Number One. I love my job. Stay completely focused on your driving, and you’ll arrive home safe every day.”

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Celebrating An Injury-Free Year in Chicago

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When Bruce Panzer joined the Chicago Terminal as the new Maintenance Manager last fall, he quickly discovered he’d joined a strong team of professionals who shared his commitment for safety. That commitment recently paid off as Bruce and the team celebrated a full year without a lost -time injury.

“We have a really good crew here in Chicago,” Bruce says. “They understand how important it is to take no chances on the job and always do things the right way. That helps ensure they’ll each go home as healthy as when they came to work, and that’s what working safely is all about.”

Daily safety briefings and a weekly safety culture meeting are important parts of avoiding accidents and injuries. Bruce also says he’s constantly on the lookout for standout safety activities that deserve recognition, as well as things that could be done more safely and require some corrective feedback.

“Anytime we reach a safety milestone like this, it’s important,” says Paul Childers, the Area Maintenance Manager covering 10 terminals, including Chicago. “These accomplishments are a great reminder that we can meet our safety goals as long as everyone works safely and looks out for one another.”

Holland’s Director of Safety, Doug Kilpatrick, couldn’t agree more.

“Every safety milestone deserves recognition,” Doug says. “Going a whole year without one lost-time injury requires a constant focus and tremendous commitment, ever hour, every day and every week. That’s how you build these safety records; one day at as time. Everyone at Holland benefits when a shop like Chicago does their part to avoid injuries and keep everyone safe.”

Bruce knows that the members of the Chicago garage understand the top priority is always to work safely and avoid taking any risks that could result in an injury.

Congratulations to Team Chicago! Here’s to reaching that two-year safety milestone!

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