TCA to explore bottom line of driver health

Could it be that healthier drivers are more profitable? Based on the experience of some leading trucking companies and the American Transportation Research Institute, the answer is a clear “yes.”

On Thursday, June 1, the Truckload Carriers Association holds its next audio conference: “Lower Health Claims by Improving Driver Health.” A panel of researchers and health and safety officials for motor carriers will address how wellness programs can lower medical costs, reduce highway crashes and improve driver productivity.

The session, scheduled for 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, will discuss the leading health concerns facing drivers and how to build cost-effective health and wellness programs to avoid and treat those problems.

Panelists will be:

  • Dr. Gerald Krueger, Ph.D., CPE, instructor for ATRI courses on wellness and fatigue management;
  • Wendy Sullivan, R.N., occupational health manager for Schneider National;
  • Joel Whiteman, director of driver health and wellness for J.B. Hunt; and
  • Suzanne Jarman, vice president of safety, operations and human resources, Trucks Inc.

    The cost of the audio conference is $129 per site for TCA members and $159 for nonmembers. For online registration, go to For more information, contact Virginia DeRoze at