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Roadway: Professional Freight Handlers Competition 2007 (Akron, Ohio)

Roadway is proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Professional Freight Handlers Competition. Designed to recognize safety performance on our loading docks, this competition is scheduled for April 15-18, 2007, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio.

Press Release

Roadway's dockworkers: 6,000 dedicated professionals working day and night to move our customers' freight safely, move it efficiently, and load it to ride from pick-up through to delivery. To do this, they need skill, knowledge, and a dedication to safety. There's no question that their skills are put to the test every day, but some dockworkers choose to put their skills to the ultimate test: the Professional Freight Handlers Competition (PFHC).

Inspired by the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships, Roadway created PFHC in 2001 as a way to recognize these safe and skilled employees. It is a celebration of skill and safety.

Competing for the title of Grand Champion,dockworkers face four challenges: a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection, and a driving course. Employees from around the company competed in local and regional run-offs to earn their way to the company-wide competition. To be eligible, employees had to be certified to operate forklifts and have an injury- and accident-free safety record for the twelve-month period immediately preceding their district event. They must place first in their district and maintain a perfect safety record to compete in the final corporate competition.


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