Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. has been recognized for notable oil transportation safety achievements at the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s (OTA) Annual Safety Awards Banquet winning the highest honor, the 2016 Grand Champion Award as well as the First Place Safety Award in the 1-5 million annual miles, Petroleum Class.
“We are honored to receive both the Grand Champion Award and First Place Safety Award for the Petroleum Class size from the Oklahoma Trucking Association,” said Mark Hurley, President and CEO, Blueknight Energy. “This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our fleet team and the high priority we place on safety. They strive for excellence every day, and it’s their commitment to that goal that is being recognized.”
OTA’s Annual Safety Awards Banquet honors those member companies and persons who demonstrate excellence in safety within the trucking industry. The Safety Awards include Fleet Safety, Professional Driver, Oklahoma Driver of the Year and Million Mile Driver categories. The Grand Champion Award, given by the OTA, is the highest fleet safety award presented by the association. The award recognizes the trucking company with the lowest accident and injury frequency in Oklahoma each year across all class sizes.
“Blueknight Energy is a leader in the industry among safety and driving regulations for crude oil transportation,” said Jim Newport, CEO, Oklahoma Transportation Association. “We are thrilled to present the 2016 Grand Champion Award and First Place Safety Award to Blueknight, a company that has consistently demonstrated and continues to pursue crude trucking safety in an efficient, effective manner. Blueknight’s track record is truly impressive. The company has gone two years without a Department of Transportation reportable accident, and the OTA is honored to recognize a company that upholds the highest safety standards.”
Blueknight has approximately 240 crude oil transportation and oilfield service vehicles, all managed by the Trucking and Transportation Department. BKEP tanker trucks move crude oil from wellhead locations not served by pipeline gathering systems to aggregation points and storage facilities.
“Our Blueknight drivers are extensively screened and tested prior to hire and participate in a thorough training process and a series of interactive sessions and tests before getting approved to operate a crude oil truck,” said Steve Whitaker, BKEP’s Director of the Trucking and Transportation Department. “Every driver decision and every individual drivers’ performance measures are constantly monitored. We review seven different driving behaviors, have follow-up coaching sessions with each driver, and perform field observation of our driving behaviors monthly. I am extremely proud of Blueknight, our executive and safety teams’ commitment to safety along with all drivers, mechanics, and supervisors in our crude oil trucking fleet for making safety our ultimate priority for themselves and our customers on a daily basis.”
“These two awards are a direct result of Steve and his teams’ passion and commitment to safety,” said Hurley.