American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council on Nov. 13 announced Sam Faucette of Old Dominion Freight Line as the winner of the 2018 National Safety Director Award. Faucette was honored at ATA’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif.
Faucette started as a driver and worked his way through the ranks over the past 38 years. He currently is vice president of safety and compliance at Old Dominion.
“Sam exemplifies the level of attention, innovation and dedication it takes to create and expand a culture of safety in the trucking industry,” ATA President Chris Spear said. “Old Dominion Freight Line and our industry are fortunate to have Sam on our team, leading the charge to promote highway safety among trucking’s workforce.”
Old Dominion’s safety performance has improved under Faucette’s leadership. He assists in the oversight of 10,083 drivers’ safety and the operation of more than 32,445 semi-trailers. In 2017, Old Dominion drivers accounted for nearly 750 million miles.
Outside of Old Dominion, Faucette is active in the North Carolina Trucking Association, ATA, and other transportation advisory boards and safety groups. In 2018, he served as chairman of the National Truck Driving Championships Committee of SMC, a role in which he guided hundreds of drivers, volunteers and committee members through the industry’s four-day truck driving competition.
The National Safety Director Award has become symbolic of safety achievement in the industry. Candidates are safety experts, dedicated to educating and training drivers and other safety professionals.
Nominations for the award are reviewed by past recipients and selected by representatives of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and law enforcement officials.