NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The Fleet Safety Council took some time out from educating its members to honour some deserving ones during its 23rd Annual Educational Conference.
Two of the council’s chapters put forward the names of individuals and companies for their outstanding commitments to their jobs and the industry as a whole.
Safety Person of the Year:Don Gray
Gray is a veteran in the industry, having worked for more than 30 years as a fleet safety manager and an instructor. According to the Fleet Safety Council, Gray is one of the few LCV master instructors in Canada. He holds a wide range of certifications and designations including road safety instructor and air brake inspector (from the Ontario Safety League) and fleet smart program heavy vehicle master trainer (from Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada). Currently he works with DriveWise as a senior instructor and even trains new instructors on how to best teach other drivers.
Driver of the Year:Ken Rabidoux
Rabidoux has been working for Ryder Canada since 2009 and has played an active role in the company since being hired. He has provided several suggestions on “safety alerts” to the dispatch team so it can alert other drivers to possible hazards. He has a sharp eye and always catches and notes minor issues during pre- and post-trip inspections so they can be fixed before becoming major problems. Rabidoux also takes an active on the business side of the company.He has informed management about problems with suppliers before those issues escalated, has supported office staff in their duties and has helped out in driver training in the yard.
For nominating him, Ryder Canada also received an award of recognition.
Central Ontario Chapter
Safety Person of the Year:Jerry Krauskopf
An employee of Wayfreight Transportation in Guelph, Ont., Krauskopf is known for his positive attitude, his commitment to helping others and his interest in problem solving. He has a strong report with drivers and recognizes the value they bring to the company and the efforts they make in being safe. Krauskopf is known in Wayfreight for his outstanding training techniques and comprehensive training plans, for fully documenting safety and compliance programs, and for working to continuously improve all the programs and plans he designed. His approach to safety and training is straight-forward and down-to-earth, and fosters a culture of mixing learning with fun.