Yanke safety program earns trucker new wheels

SASKATOON — The Yanke Group of Companies recently created safety incentive program was so successful the fleet was able to share some of the financial savings with staff and for trucker Brian ‘Huggy’ Halabura that meant a brand new truck.

Yanke’s “Be the One” program initiative was designed to increase the entire staff’s awareness with respect to safety and make safety a personal mission statement, challenging each staff member to “Be the One.”

The safety program was accomplished through safety breakfasts, seminars, and online video presentations to every staff member at Yanke. The company says by bringing safety to a personal level there were significant overall savings in the physical, emotional and financial impact accidents have on the organization and the public at large.

Since incorporating the program in 2009, Yanke saw a 48.5 percent reduction in accident costs compared to the previous fiscal year. The majority of incidents occur in seven different categories and Yanke realized significant reductions in six of those categories.

The safety program was also one of the reasons Yanke was recently recognized as one of North America’s top carriers to work for, in a survey conducted by CarriersEdge and the Truckload Carriers Association.

To share the company’s success, operators that met certain qualifying criteria between Nov. 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010 were entered into monthly prize draws for home furnishing packages worth $5000 each. The grand prize draw was for a new 2010 pickup truck of their choosing worth up to $50,000.

Halabura won the draw and recently took the keys to a new 2010 Ford F-150.

To be included in the draws, certain qualifying conditions had to be met including attendance at an awareness session, achieving a minimum amount of miles driven and remaining accident/incident free. In total, 468 drivers were entered into the draws.

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