Archive for August, 2018

Let L&I’s SHIP grant program help fund your safety idea!

SHIP Grant Program: Safety & Health Investment Projects

Do you have an idea for a unique best practice or safety product that can prevent workplace injuries to truck drivers or help injured drivers return to work sooner? Let the Washington State’s Labor & Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program help with funding. The SHIP program is accepting applications for safety and health grants until September 21, 2018, and return-to-work grants until further notice. Return-to-work grants, which focus on getting injured employees back to work to prevent long-term disability, are in special demand and have no monetary caps.

SHIP grants have provided funding for a wide range of multi-industry worker safety products including manuals, videos, online trainings, and mobile apps. In recent years, SHIP safety and health grants have funded trucking-specific ergonomic studies of the impacts of air-suspension truck seats and anti-vibration sleeper mattresses on truck drivers’ health and performance. Other projects have developed a training video for safe practices in log truck loading and operation, and designed a worker-to-worker safe driver training program.

Learn more about SHIP-funded products and the grant application process here, or download the SHIP grant program brochure.

SHIP program contact info:   Phone: 360-902-5588    Email:


Safe Fleets, Safe Drivers – Here’s to the best of 2018

Captain Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol, Frank Riordan, President of Washington Trucking Associations, Tammi Elliot for Walmart

Walmart Transportation, the Grand Champion, receiving their award.
From left to right: Captain Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol, Frank Riordan, President of Washington Trucking Associations, Tammi Elliot for Walmart Transportation

Better injury rates and lower worker’s compensation costs aren’t the only thing Washington companies and drivers earn by working safe. They also get noticed! Each year awards for excellence are presented to winning fleets and drivers at the Day with the Winners. Plaques are provided by the Washington State Patrol in partnership with the Washington Trucking Associations and Great West Casualty.

Fleet awards recognize companies for their safety record and for achieving excellence during a 12 month period of operating commercial vehicles.

This year’s winning fleets are:

Ludtke Pacific Trucking Inc. for Common Carrier under 5 million miles

Oak Harbor Freight Lines for Common Carrier over 5 million miles

Central Washington Asphalt Inc. for Dump Truck Conference

Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC. for Private Carrier under 5 million miles

Walmart Transportation for Private Carrier over 5 million miles

Mitchell Bros Truck Line, Inc. for Intermodal Conference


Grand Champion for Fleet of the Year for 2018 is Walmart Transportation

These drivers are recognized for maintaining outstanding safety records during their driving careers. They are judged based on years in the industry, total number of miles driven, preventable accidents, moving violations, community involvement and other activities of the nominee.

Calvin Phillips, Central Washington Asphalt Inc. – Dump Truck Conference

Victor Cuellar, Ludtke Pacific Trucking Inc. – Common Carrier Conference

Russell Miller, Safeway – Private Carrier Conference

Safety Professional of the Year for 2018 is Jason McFadden, Ludtke Pacific Trucking, Inc.

Congratulations to all the individual drivers and companies that make safety a priority. We appreciate you!


Safe and Sound Week 2018, Are You Participating?

Safe + Sound Week August 13-19, 2018From August 13 – 19, Safe and Sound Week will bring nationwide attention to the importance of workplace safety and health programs for preventing employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The annual event encourages participation to help businesses get started with new safety programs or to re-energize existing ones. Company safety programs save lives, sustain health, and prevent costly injuries that can hurt your bottom line.

In Washington State, employers are required to develop, supervise, and enforce a safety program that is effective in practice. Despite this requirement, the lack of a company safety program continues to be the top safety violation for trucking companies in Washington. Safety programs that go beyond basic compliance feature management commitment, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, safety training and education, and program evaluation.

Participation in Safe and Sound Week is easy. You can plan your own activities such as holding brief toolbox talks, safety trivia contests, safe worker recognition awards, hazard identification walk-throughs, or a safety retreat day for evaluating workplace safety and brainstorming new ideas.

You can also join free events such as the OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s introductory safety and health management courses. The interactive courses are being held on August 17 in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.  Get course information and register.

For more information on Safe and Sound Week 2018, and to let others know that you are participating is on OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week website.

For free trucking-related training and informational safety program resources for your Safe and Sound Week activities, check out the training simulations on the Keep Trucking Safe website.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries also has general safety program resources.

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The Champions for 2018!

Darrell Shelton

Darrell Shelton, 2018 Grand Champion (photo courtesy Washington Trucking Associations, corrected 8/3/2018, 4:27 pm)


Washington Trucking Associations Truck and Step Van Driving Championships occurred June 23. Our champions will proceed to the national event, August 15-18, 2018 in Columbus, OH. Both events are free to observers so if you want an excuse to visit Ohio, here’s your chance to support Washington’s winning drivers.

Grand Champion and Pre-trip:
Darrell Shelton, FedEx Freight

Rookie of the Year: Keith Moorman, Old Dominion Freight Line

And now for the event winners:




3 Axle
1st Tim Davis Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
2nd Chris Poynor XPO Logistics
3rd Robert Ludington Reddaway
4 Axle
1st Keith Moorman Old Dominion Freight Line
2nd Naim Mesan Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Aaron Dent FedEx Freight
5 Axle
1st Victor Skoglund FedEx Freight
2nd Brian Brager Reddaway
3rd Robert Ness Safeway
1st Mike Mygatt The Boeing Co.
2nd Greg Unseth Safeway
3rd David Turley Old Dominion Freight Line
1st Roy Garcia Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
2nd Linda Nodland Ryder
3rd Gregory Luke Carlile
1st Clint Anderson FedEx Express
2nd Cedric Pack FedEx Freight
3rd Jamie Mason FedEx Ground
1st Lance Anderson Columbia Distributing
2nd Jason Tschosik The Odom Corporation
3rd Bradley Medlock The Odom Corporation
1st Russ Miller Safeway
2nd Chris Bates Mission Support Alliance
3rd Edwin Jeffries Safeway
1st Darrell Shelton Fed Ex Freight
2nd Josh Jenkins Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
3rd Johnny Malone Safeway

Congratulations to all the winners!

More information on the 2018 ATA National Truck Driving Championships & National Step Van Driving Championships.