July 2019 Newsletter: Shining a Spotlight on Texas Safety Stars

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Celebrating Safety

We take pride in recognizing Texas employers committed to keeping their employees safe on the roads.

At the Texas A&M Transportation Institute traffic safety conference, we partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to present the annual Our Driving Concern Employer Traffic Safety Awards to 16 Texas employers who are safety stars. Award recipients ranged from businesses with as few as 200 employees to as many as 10,000, and from nonprofits to municipal organizations.

Four organizations went above and beyond to earn Exemplary distinction for making traffic safety a priority both at work and at home. Twelve others were recognized as award recipients and honorable mention recipients.


  • City of Waco
  • Pioneer Natural Services
  • ProFrac Services
  • Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Award Recipients

  • AFC Transportation
  • City of Austin Public Works Department
  • City of Irving
  • City of San Antonio Office of Risk Management
  • City of San Marcos
  • CPS Energy
  • Jetco Delivery
  • Star Shuttle & Charter

Honorable Mention

  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • City of Frisco
  • GHD Services
  • Saulsbury Industries

Employers who embrace transportation safety reduce risk, exposure to liability and save on crash costs, sick leave, health care and fringe benefits. While doing so, they also make a positive impact in their communities and build a reputation for caring about employees and their family members.

Motivated to be a member of the club to reduce risks and costs associated with crashes? Watch our video tribute to the 2019 Our Driving Concern Employer Traffic Safety Award recipients. Learn what they all have in common from our best-practice brochure.

What is the safety impact of drinks at lunch?

Food (and Drink) for Thought

Well, I just going to say it: I am still surprised when I see workers drinking beer or hard liquor at a restaurant during the lunch hour, especially when I see a company logo emblazoned on their shirt and the employee’s name printed on the front in full display.

Are they on the job or off? Recently, I noticed a group of people at lunch, and I was able to determine from their attire that their jobs likely were in safety-sensitive fields. I watched as each were served at least two drinks.

I couldn’t help but wonder: Why do employees think this is OK? Will they be driving back to their job when lunch is over? Does risk even come to mind? Does the employer know these employees consume alcohol on their lunch hour? Did they violate a company policy?

Can this impact their safety when they return to work? Does this put their co-workers or others at risk? Do employers discuss this behavior with their employees?

Does your company have a policy? How often do you review company policies with employees during safety meetings?

I throw these questions out as food for thought. Get it on your radar to talk about impairment at your workplace. What do employees perceive as safe or risky behavior?

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