SAFETY PAYS: Pictured, from left to right is Bill Kalbhenn (director of fleet safety and recruiting), Brian 'Huggy' Halabura (award-winning Yanke operator) and Craig Bailey (v. p. of YMS, YGLS, YSCS).
SASKATOON, Sask. –A long-time Yanke driver has won a Ford F-150 pickup truck by participating in the carrier’s innovative safety program dubbed ‘Be the One.’
The Yanke Group of Companies launched its Be the One safety initiative last year, incorporating online video, safety breakfasts, seminars and presentations. The program was rolled out to all staff with the goal of increasing all employees’ awareness of safety.
Amazingly, Yanke reduced its accident costs by 48.5% compared to the previous fiscal year, the company claims. Accident costs were reduced in six of seven tracked categories, including a 94.3% reducing in the ‘leaving roadway’ category.
As part of the program, Yanke held incentive draws for all operators that met qualifying criteria. In addition to awarding six monthly home furnishing packages worth up to $5,000 each, the company awarded a grand prize of a pickup truck of the winner’s choosing, valued at up to $50,000.
To qualify, Yanke drivers had to attend an awareness session and meet accident-free mileage targets.
Professional driver Brian ‘Huggy’ Halabura was drawn from among 468 drivers as the grand prize winner. He received his new Ford F-150 pickup truck in June.
“Yanke wishes to congratulate all of its operators and staff for their commitment to ‘Be the One,’ and helping to make the roads a safer place for us all,” the company said in a release.
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