TCA’s Safety & Security Division Meeting set for May 18-20

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Registrations for the Truckload Carriers Association’s 28th annual Safety & Security Division Meeting, which takes place May 18-20 at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., are being accepted now.

“Carriers need to understand that participation in a conference like this is a necessity, not a luxury – especially during a soft economy,” says Gary Hess, chairman of the Safety & Security Division and vice president of recruiting and retention for Gainey Transportation Services Inc. “To keep up with the competition, safety and security personnel must stay informed about new regulations, policies and technologies. Reading is fine, but people get so much more out of the peer-to-peer interaction, networking and discussions that take place here. It’s truly a ‘must-attend’ event.”

The agenda for the 2008 meeting includes “Accident Prevention – Learning from Mistakes,” “Nuts and Bolts of Mediating,” “Employment – Empty Trucks vs. Liability Risks,” and “Depositions – Know What to Expect, How to Prepare and the Value of Good vs. Bad Information.” Other topics will include driver wellness, CSA 2010 and the value of return-to-work programs. A technology panel will address various technologies and their impact on fleets and drivers. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration representative will update attendees on the latest regulations and happenings at FMCSA.

In addition to the speakers and workshops, the Safety & Security Division Meeting will offer “Safety in the Round” and “Security in the Round.” These candid, carrier-to-carrier roundtable discussions will utilize the collective knowledge of the participants to solve common safety management, human resources, security, claims and loss prevention issues.

In addition to the general sessions, workshops and roundtables, the meeting also will feature a golf tournament, exhibition, themed event and several receptions. For more information, go to www.truckload.org/ssmeeting.