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Schnitzer Steel driver logged 40 safe years

Harry Squires of Schnitzer Steel Industries in Portland, Oregon was presented with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Safe Driver of the Year Award for operating his entire 39 year career without a single preventable accident. During this time, Squires logged nearly 2.5 million miles on the road. The award, now in its second year, recognizes outstanding drivers who have driven a commercial vehicle for at least 20 years without incurring a preventable accident.

“Driving a truck in challenging weather conditions while hauling scrap is no easy task. Those who perform their job each and every day while keeping an emphasis on safety deserve recognition,” said Commodor Hall, ISRI’s transportation safety manager.

The award was presented to Squires at ISRI’s 2014 Convention in Las Vegas. In addition to travel to and lodging at the Convention, he received a crystal truck trophy, personalized certificate, ISRI Safe Driver leather jacket, congratulatory letter and a $500 personal check.

The second-place winner was Bill Willis of Grossman Iron and Steel Company in St. Louis, and third-place went to Joseph Romeyn Jr. of Padnos, Inc. in Holland, Michigan.

The Safe Driver of the Year Award is based on the following mandatory criteria:

•Nominations may be submitted only by ISRI members in good standing.

•Nominees must be full-time employees whose primary responsibility is to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

•Nominees must be current employees of the nominating member company, and must be employed for at least one year (12 consecutive months).

•Nominations must be made by someone familiar with the nominee’s work history, such as manager or safety director.

•Nominees must meet the minimum requirement of 20 years of verifiable employment as a commercial motor vehicle driver without a preventable accident.

Other criteria taken into account are the driver’s contribution to highway safety (driver trainer), letters of appreciation, deeds of heroism on or off the job and civic and fraternal organizations.

Published in the May 2014 Edition of American Recycler News