ValleyCrest Landscape Companies has rewarded five of its safest employees with new trucks. The company celebrated its 2011 National Safety Awareness Day by presenting new Ford Ranger trucks to recognize superior performance in workplace safety.
This year is the ninth year that ValleyCrest has awarded new trucks, during which time 47 trucks have been given to workers. Since 2002, the company’s overall claims-at-fault, auto liability claims and OSHA recordable workers’ compensation claims-have decreased 60 percent over the nine-year period.
To qualify, full-time field employees must complete one year of service with no accidents and be employeed by a branch that meets or exceeds ValleyCrest’s threshold safety standards. The winners of the trucks were drawn from a pool of more than 4,000 eligible employees who qualified across five U.S. regions.
The winners for 2011:

  • Manuel Gonzalez, union journeyman for the Development Division in Sacramento, Calif., who’s been with the company for 12 years.
  • Alejandro Lerma Zea, a gardener in the Maintenance Division in Riverside, Calif., who’s been with the company for 15 years.
  • Agustin Lara Marcos, a gardener in the Maintenance Division in Charlotte, N.C., who’s been with the company seven years.
  • Jose Luis Yepiz, a crew leader in the Maintenance Division in Longboat Key, Fla., who’s been with the company for 13 years.
  • Ricky Henderson, a spray technician in the Maintenance Division in Jacksonville, Fla., who’s been with the company for eight years.