"Our company considers an accident any incident where one of our vehicles comes in contact with another vehicle or property resulting in visible damage, even as minor as a small scratch," said Randy Cornell, vice president of safety and recruiting, Con-way Truckload. "Other standards used in the industry typically define an accident as an incident involving injury or significant damage."
Under this definition, Con-way said its drivers averaged 7.9 accidents per million miles driven in 2009. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's definition, which is a reportable accident as an occurrence that renders a vehicle inoperable or causes an injury, the 2009 accident frequency rate was .628, or one accident for every 1.6 million miles driven.
"This is a tremendous achievement by our drivers and a real measure of their commitment to safety in everything they do," said Herb Schmidt, president of Con-way Truckload. "We maintain the highest safety standards at Con-way Truckload and our drivers live up to that challenge every day as they represent the company on America's highways."
Con-way Truckload honored its drivers for their safety achievement in a recent ceremony at its Joplin, Mo., headquarters.