UPS logoUPS recently added 20 drivers from Colorado to its elite Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. That makes 87 Colorado drivers who are active Circle of Honor members, with a combined 2,420 years of accident-free driving.

The newly inducted Colorado UPS drivers include: Charles Aversano of Lakewood, Gary Berg of Littleton, David Blaine of Fort Collins, David Brackett of Denver, James Carlton of Littleton, Melvin Faber of Thornton, Mark Gorman of Littleton, Kenneth Hanawalt of Wellington, Francis Hubbard of Greeley, Eric Komar of Elizabeth, Daniel Lemaster or Northglenn, Manuel Poyner of Byers, Jeffrey Pryor of Littleton, Dan Reed of Littleton, Lawrence Robinson of Trinidad, Richard Sanderson, of Westminster, Daniel Scarlett, of Arvada, Gregory Sedig, of Denver, Michael Shedd, of Brighton, and David Wilds, of Denver.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Craig Wiltz, president, UPS Desert Mountain District.

The Colorado UPS Circle of Honor drivers with the most experience — 34 years each of accident-free driving — are David Jaramillo of Alamosa, Stanley McKinster of Denver, and Fred Young of Colorado Springs, according to Business Wire. There are 1,591 UPS drivers in Colorado.

UPS recently added 1,283 drivers to its Circle of Honor, which makes the total of UPS drivers worldwide who have avoided accidents for 25 years or more, 6,486, as a UPS press release reports. The number of new additions to the Circle of Honor is the largest for any single year in the company’s history.

As this blog wrote in February 2012:

Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established the Circle of Honor in 1955.

According to Wikipedia, when UPS was founded, in Seattle, Washington, it was called the ‘American Messenger Company.’ It took the name ‘United Parcel Service’ in California in 1919, and the new name was adopted throughout the U.S. in 1930, when the company painted all its vans its now-familiar Pullman Brown. In 1999, UPS became a public company.

UPS’ 102,000 worldwide drivers are among the safest on the roads; they drive a total of nearly 3 billion miles a year and average less than one accident for every million miles driven, UPS notes. Globally, the Circle of Honor members have driven a total of 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or, as UPS puts it, “the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.”

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