Florida Express Environmental recognizes employees’ safety record with $145,000 in bonuses

Since the company’s establishment in 2001, it has paid out more than $2.82 million to employees enrolled in the 0-0-0 Safety Program.

Florida Express Environmental recognized 29 of its employees with for their safety achievements, paying out a total of $145,000. Since the company's 2001 founding, it has awarded employees with about $2.82 million for safety excellence.
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During its 2022-2023 Safety Kickoff and Annual Safety Awards on Jan. 11, Ocala-based Florida Express Environmental (FEE) awarded 29 employees a total of $145,000 in annual safety bonuses to recognize their industry-leading safety performance, customer service, attendance and workspace cleanliness.

All employees initially were enrolled in the company’s 0-0-0 Safety Program, setting out to achieve zero accidents, zero incidents and zero injuries during the year. Employees who achieved a perfect score in the program for 12 consecutive months not only received a $500 monthly bonus but also were awarded a $5,000 annual bonus. Of the 29 award recipients, 12 were repeat winners from the previous year.

Since FEE’s 2001 founding, it has paid out more than $2.82 million to all employees enrolled in the 0-0-0 Safety Program who display a commitment to providing industry-leading safety performance.

“Having grown up around the business, I have a deeper respect for all the men and women on my team,” FEE President John Paglia III says. “I remind everyone that no matter your role with the company, we are all an important part [of] and reason for successes and shortfalls. … We win and lose as a team. To be able to award some of our team with such a bonus motivates everyone to create a safe culture that we strive to consistently achieve day in and day out.”

Of 2022’s 29 Annual Safety Award winners, the average tenure approaches five years. Paglia says he believes that this program helps nurture and motivate these relatively new FEE team members to evolve into the next group of leaders within the company.

“As Florida Express Environmental continues to grow, so will the benefits and awards we make available to safety-driven team members, placing the [emphasis] on what we value the most: safety first,” Paglia says.

Florida Express Environmental is an industry leader in the waste hauling and recycling business with a focus on sustainable, environmentally-responsible operations.

Founded in 2001, FEE offers competitive wages, safety bonuses, benefits and ample career opportunities for each of its employees. FEE’s employee-centered initiatives within the environmental services industry prove especially noteworthy as a growing company with a current fleet size of fewer than 65 trucks.

The company provides commercial and residential recycling and collection, portable restrooms in a variety of configurations, bulk collection of items such as furniture and appliances and operates its own landfills which accept a variety of construction and demolition materials.

For more information on the Annual Safety Awards or FEE’s impact and mission, contact Paglia at 352-629-4349 or John3@floridaexpress.us.

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