The honor is given each year to the company recording the lowest accident frequency rate, while running more than five million miles within a year.
John Christner attributes its success to several factors, including its young fleet of equipment, high maintenance standards, focus on safety and the quality of its drivers.
Bill Wilson, safety director for John Christner, emphasized the impact drivers have on building outstanding safety records, stating, "We do careful screening when hiring new drivers, which is where it all starts. It makes all the difference to have good people on the road. That’s the main reason we’re able to achieve our goals and win awards like this."
John Christner achieved an accident frequency rate of 0.305 per one million miles in 2002, which marked a slight improvement in comparison to the previous year’s figure of 0.328. The company operates more than 575 trucks and logged more than 70 million miles in 2002.