Beam Becomes 2-Time Highway Angel

Go By Truck News

Dec 30, 2015

Marcus Beam, a resident of East Bend, N.C., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. This is the second time this professional truck driver has earned his Angel wings. Beam, who drives for Epes Transport System, Greensboro, N.C., is being recognized for his quick action in saving a fellow driver from choking to death.   On the morning of Sept. 8, 2015, Beam was parked in line at the RJR Tobaccoville facility in North Carolina waiting for his turn to pick up a load. He noticed another driver to his right dropping and hooking to a trailer, and then all of the sudden, the driver started quickly walking towards Beam’s truck.   “I saw him coming toward me, and his face was blue and he was pointing to his throat,” said Beam.   Beam jumped out of his truck and began performing the Heimlich maneuver on the driver who was much taller than him. After lifting him up and hitting his back he was able to dislodge the piece of Brazilian nut that the driver had been eating.   “I was the only person out there at the dock, which is unusual, and I knew I had to do everything I could to help him,” said Beam. The driver recovered and continues to thank Beam for helping him in his time of need.   Beam, who has been driving since 2005, and has helped several motorists during his driving career. When asked about this incident, he said, “Throughout my life I have been faced with several situations similar to this one. I guess I am always in the right place at the right time.”   In 2011, Beam won the Highway Angel of the Year award for pulling a woman and her two children from their vehicle after it had flipped down an embankment.   For his willingness to help, TCA has presented Beam with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decal. Epes Transport Systems also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.   TCA’s Highway Angel program is sponsored by EpicVue. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy and courage they have shown others while on the job.   See Original Article Image Credit: Highway Angel
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”