The North American Safety Contest 2018 is Now Open for Applications

NTTC is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 North American Safety Contest. This award recognizes the tank truck operations in North America with the best safety record for the year. NTTC strives to encourage safety and success in the tank truck industry, and this award recognizes the gold standard of those values.

The winner of the Sutherland and Harvison Divisions will claim the prestigious North American Safety Champion Trophy (sponsored by Heil Trailer International). They will be recognized at NTTC’s 71st Annual Conference & Exhibits, April 23 – 25, 2019 at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, NV.

Download the Application Here 

Even if you don't believe that your operation can win, we encourage you to submit your data. The information we receive is a valuable asset; NTTC uses it in our advocacy efforts to show lawmakers that we are the safest segment in the trucking industry.


Please note that ALL miles and DOT-reportable accidents for your company’s owner/operators and independent contractors must be included on the first page of the form.

If you do not report injuries for owner/operators and independent contractors to OSHA, do not include their hours and injuries on the second page of the form.

As in previous year's, we are asking for your “type of haul” information. Please indicate on the entry form the best of three descriptions of the type operations you conduct—1. Local; 2. Long haul; 3. Mixed.

1.    Local Operations: 75% or more of miles reported are from trips between pickup and delivery of 200 miles or less.

2.    Long Haul Operations: 75% or more of miles reported are from trips between pickup and delivery of 200 miles or more.

3.    Mixed Operations: Carrier conducts both local and long haul operations and miles reported do not exceed 75% in either category.

Procedural Guidance: The contest is conducted in two stages. The first stage evaluates Recordable Accident Frequency based on recordable accidents per million miles. You need complete only the enclosed two pages at this stage.
This information will be used for the Competitive Contest portion. The winners by mileage will be contacted to provide additional information to compete for the NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Award in one of two Divisions: The Harvison Division and the Sutherland Division.

Please return these pages by Friday, February  22nd to be considered for the Competitive Contest.

If you win your category, NTTC will provide you with pdf file of the entire contest entry form that you can type directly onto and save as a completed document.

The entire form must be completed to be considered for the NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Awards.

The winning forms in each mileage category will be sent to an auditor who will verify recordable accidents and mileage listed against SafeStat and other available DOT information.  A similar review will be conducted for Canadian carriers. 



PLEASE use miles as reported to IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement).  Contest category winners may be asked to verify miles.



1.    Please include all North American miles and all accidents in North America    that meet the Department of Transportation’s definition of “accident” in 49CFR 390.5. That definition is included in this letter.  (U.S.-based carriers must include all miles and accidents in Canada, and Canada-based carriers must include all miles and accidents that occur in the U.S.) At this time, it is not necessary to include miles and accidents in Mexico.

2.    You must include all accidents for any category of drivers whose miles are included in your total miles, including owner-operators.

3.   For the personnel safety contest, use the formula (see contest form) to determine total hours worked by different categories of workers.  Please report the hours for any drivers who are included on your OSHA Form 300.  If you do not report your owner/operators to OSHA, do not include those drivers’ hours. 

4.   Carriers will be assigned to mileage categories as follows:

      A)   A separate category may include any carrier that operates over 100 million miles during the contest year.

      B)  The remaining carriers will be ranked by miles operated and divided into groups with an   equivalent number of carriers in each group.


Printed below are the DOT definition of an accident and the accident register requirements.

390.5 “Accident” means . . . an occurrence involving a commercial motor vehicle operating on a highway in interstate or intrastate commerce that results in:

(i)       A fatality;

(ii)       Bodily injury to a person who, as a result of the injury, immediately receives medical treatment away from the scene of the accident; or,

(iii)      One or more motor vehicles incurring disabling damage as a result of the accident, requiring the motor vehicle(s) to be transported away from the scene by a tow truck or other motor vehicle.

(Please note:  The above definition does not take into account  “fault” or “chargeability.” Any accident meeting the above definition must be included on the accident register and included on the NTTC Contest form.)

PLEASE NOTE:  CONTEST forms must be signed verifying accuracy by the executive in charge of safety and by the carrier CEO.

Best of luck to your companies; we are proud that our members represent the pinnacle of safety within a challenging industry.

The North American Safety Contest is sponsored by: