More than 230 Landstar professionals, owner-operators and agents took part in the 24th annual LSO/BCO Safety Meeting in Romulus, Michigan. The event, held each year in February, is designed to update Landstar BCOs on specific regulatory changes within the transportation industry and provide company safety performance data and discuss overall best safety practices. The meeting is hosted by LAN agency’s Mike and Brandon LePior, and supported by nearly two dozen additional agents, as well as Landstar.
Guest speakers included Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton, Region 2 Vice President Kendall Rump, Director of Compliance - Operator/Equipment Theresa Broadbent, Field Safety Manager Jeremy Bush and CABS Coordinators Rob Walter. Motivational speaker and transportation industry consultant Dan Baker also spoke to the crowd during the meeting. Baker became a professional speaker in the trucking industry in the 1980s and has since dedicated his life to motivating and mentoring truckers. Ron Flowers, a regional Intelligence Officer with Canada Border Services Agency delivered specifics related to safe and legal border crossing policy and procedures.
“Thanks to so many of our agents working together, we had a fantastic turn out this year,” said Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton. “We discussed Landstar’s behavioral campaign focusing on speed and space management.”
In addition to discussion of the “Drive for Five” campaign, BCOs were reminded to communicate any challenges encountered during their loading/unloading process where LSOs might explore a M.U.S.T. customer visit (Mutual Understanding of Safety Together).
“Safety Meetings provide a platform for us to assist BCOs and LSOs in understanding the new rules and regulations they are facing in 2016,” said Seaton.
“Each year this event out-does the year before; we were so pleased with this year’s turnout – 120 Business Capacity Owners joined us for the meeting,” echoed Landstar Agent Brandon LePior.
After the safety meeting, 58 of the BCOs in attendance stayed on for a Continued Awareness of Business & Safety Class (C.A.B.S.). Orientation Coordinator Stephen Chambers taught the class, designed to help owner-operators review Landstar’s business model and safety practices.