Category Archives: Safety

Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual “Operation Safe Driver Week” begins this week of October 15-21, 2017.

The goal is to improve the driving behavior of all drivers – whether operating a commercial or passenger vehicle.  As always, avoid the following dangerous driving behaviors: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seat belt, traveling too closely, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic lights.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), unsafe driving continues to be the leading cause of crashes: 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes are due to the kind of dangerous driving behaviors targeted during Operation Safe Driver Week.

September Star of Quality Awards

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of September 2017:

Platinum:

Rodney Leon Hall & Craig Helsel

A platinum star is awarded in exceptional circumstances such as those faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Alec S. Costerus, Gregory Lee Huggins, Walter Jackson, John Glenn Jones, Laurie Ann Jones, David Allen McManus, Stephen Hugh McFarlane*, James Rowland*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards. 

Silver:

Linda M. Caffee, Gary R. Deemer, Gregory Lee Huggins, Peter F. Kohl, James Markey, Raymond Nickels, Kevin Todd Sigle, Thuong Van Truong, Martin Walsh.

Bronze:

Douglas James Arend Sr., Deloris Dianne Arend, Tamie Beaton, Yick Yuen Chui, Dale Lawrence Conklin, Patricia Conklin, Anthony W. Cox, George Raymond DeMarino Jr., Adolfo Bernardo Dolgiej, Gary L. Erdmann, Joey Homsey, Howard Waymond Hudson, Larry Ingham, Yvonne Lander, Valentin Lopez, Gregory Elliot McKnight, Nanette Newton, Scott Newton, Sheila Annette Nickels, Kerrick Jacob Rigmaiden, Anthony Burt Rouse, Ruth Rouse, Milton Marty Schlensig, Candice Settle, Derek Settle, Anthony K. Smith, Terence Raynard Thomas, Hill Tucker, Moises Zubiaur.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

The Roadstar Distinction

The Roadstar distinction is awarded to Landstar owner-operators recognized for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Roadstar award winners are considered to be the most elite of the company’s business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent owner-operators leased exclusively to Landstar.

Typically, it will take a Landstar BCO 10 years or more to earn the coveted Roadstar award.

Each Roadstar recipient is productive, profitable and exceptional in all aspects of operating his or her own business.

To be eligible for the honor, a Roadstar nominee must:

  • Have earned status as a one or more Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver
  • Provide an example to other truck operators in adherence to DOT regulations and Landstar’s safety-first culture
  • Produce significant revenue
  • Have a positive, cooperative attitude in his or her interactions with employees, agents and customers

June Star of Quality Awards Announced

 

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who are among the most elite in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of June 2017:

Gold:

Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Dennis Brannon, Denise Anne Gibson, Donald E. Hogan, Lisa Patton*, John Robert Swangstue*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Alec S. Costerus, Gerald F. Fiset, Yan Krasnov, Sinisa Lukic, George Clayton Miller, Randall Eugene New, Paul Clayton Stone, Bartholomew Verdino, Terry L. Walter

Bronze:

Edwin Baker, Eugene C. Baker, Michael John Beaver, Roderick Laverne Benjamin, Rickey L. Black Jr., James Arthur Block, Mark Melcombe Chase, Dave Anthony Christian, Riza Ciftdogan, Sarah Cooper, George B. Cooper, Rusty Jay Dalrymple, Anthony R. Davis, Raul Diaz Sr., Antonio Tavories Dobson, Terry E. Ellis, Steffanie Gehl, Jennifer Gibson, William Grange Straw Jr., Richard D. Grim, Robert L. Hail Jr., Sammy Hipp, James Marquis Hollenquest, Gabriell “Gabby” Hudson, Alphaumare Jalloh, Dana R. Jones, Timothy Brice Keeney, Do Hyung Kim, Melanie Klein, Eric Lewis, Liviu Lisneanu, Robert Martin, Jean E. Mitchell, Donna More, Nancy Nicholson, Jeffrey Scott Robinson, Luis Felipe Alvarez Santiago, Mindy Schmitt, Earl D. Spradling, Timothy Lane Sullivan, Dedric Lakeith Sumpter, Darrell Duane Taylor, Eugene “Chip” Warner

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

 

 

 

Load Securement Crucial to Safety

The Federal Motor Carriers’ Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program carries severe penalties for cargo securement. Load securement violations can be simple to identify and a driver’s ability to recognize them is crucial to road safety.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017, which will focus on cargo securement.  During this year’s blitz, inspectors will be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection.  Specific details are important when it comes to load securement, like knowing the dunnage must be tied down with a strap or chain and that a bungee cord cannot be used.

Good load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement will be keeping a close watch, but because the public is vulnerable if a load is improperly secured.  Improper securement is not safe and can cause road hazards as well as damage to freight.  Operators must fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the federal motor safety regulations.

Landstar offers securement training in the classroom as well as online courses on securement.  Contact Landstar’s Cargo Securement Advisor, Pete Hitzemann in the Orientations Centers department for more information 800-847-8464.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday May 18, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Dial 877-717-5921 to join the call.

Safety Thursday: Health & Fitness

The challenge for owner-operators to stay healthy is everywhere, from selecting healthy food on the road to getting enough exercise and sleep.

Sleep: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults 26 to 64 years old get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and adults 65 years and older get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Too little sleep effects daytime alertness and performance. Sleep apnea also affects performance. The disorder disrupts breathing during sleep and can cause low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, as well as mood and memory problems, and increases the risk of drowsy driving. Anyone who snores loudly, has a hard time staying awake and is tired even after they think they got a full night’s sleep should consider consulting a doctor. HealthyFood-540x330

Diet: Unhealthy eating habits can impact an owner-operator’s overall health in a negative way. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion eating healthy foods with appropriate calorie levels and maintaining a healthy weight will dramatically reduce risk of chronic disease. Consuming foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats and sodium helps keep your diet on track and reduce your risk for disease. Because it’s more challenging to make healthy choices on the road, consider planning ahead and cooking healthy meals ahead to take with you on the road or cook in the truck so you’re not be faced with high calorie and high fat choices often found at truck stops.

Exercise: Research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that people who are physically active live longer and have lower risks for a variety of diseases and conditions. Fitting exercise into your schedule regularly is important and can help overall health. The CDC recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week.12_15_Walking_Blog

According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Learn more about these benefits at: CDC.gov 

*Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Health and Fitness are this month’s Safety Thursday topics. Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call: dial 877-717-5921 August 18, 2016. The call starts at 12 p.m. EST.

Sources:

The Sleep Foundation 

The Sleep Foundation: Disorders, problems 

Nutrition.gov

Health.gov 

CDC.gov: Physical Activity 

CDC.gov

 

Safety Thursday: Complete and Accurate Dispatch

At Landstar, safety is the number one priority on every load dispatched.  Every agent, BCO and carrier at Landstar expects valid information regarding the freight they are agreeing to transport and that information plays a crucial role in the transport.

Landstar customers expect their shipments to be picked up and delivered to the destination on time and without accidents or claims. Agents play an important role in the process by using Landstar’s Complete and Accurate dispatch procedure.

Various items are included in Landstar’s Complete and Accurate dispatch check list:

  • Freight description including height, weight and dimensions
  • Accurate shipper and consignee information
  • Hours of service status
  • High risk procedures needed
  • Equipment requirements
  • Specific instructions needed for complete and accurate dispatch

Inclement weather can also disrupt safe and timely travel. Agents, BCOs and carriers should remember that communication in these situations is key to successful shipments.

Landstar BCOs and Agents can reference Landstar’s Complete and Accurate Dispatch check list at any time by logging into LandstarOnline.com.Safe Lane Usage

 Join Landstar on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday April 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST. Dial 1-877-717-5921 to join in.

Landstar Receives Top Recognitions from TCA

For the fifth consecutive year, Landstar received top honors and was recognized among the “Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For,” during the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) 2016 Annual Convention. Landstar Vice President of Safety and Compliance Mike Cobb attended the convention, held March 6-9 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

“Landstar was honored to receive TCA’s National Fleet Safety Awards again this year.  We were pleased to also receive an exclusive honorable mention of being the only large fleet named in the ‘Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For’ for five consecutive years,” said Cobb.

Landstar was also honored with two National Fleet Safety awards during TCA’s convention. Among 17 trucking companies to earn National Fleet Safety Awards, Landstar was recognized in the Division II 5-14.99 million miles and the Division VI 100+ million miles categories. Division winners were selected based on their accident frequency per million miles, as verified by an independent audit.

This is the eighth year of the TCA survey which is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets that operate 10 or more trucks. To be considered, fleets must be nominated by one of their drivers, either a company driver or an owner-operator.

“Landstar’s owner-operators help make Landstar an industry leader by providing excellence in safety and service. We are proud that the owner-operators leased to Landstar feel they have freedom, opportunity and the support services they need to successfully run their own businesses,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo.TCA mar8_2016-8835

Safety Thursday: Field Safety Managers

Landstar’s Field Safety Managers are responsible for contributing to the safety dialogue between Business Capacity Owners (BCOs), customers and agents.

“Our main goal is to reduce accidents and cargo claims,” said Landstar Field Safety Manager Kip Kaske. “Field Safety Managers provide a great resource for our Landstar agents, BCOs and customers.”

When Field Safety Managers assist in promoting Landstar’s safety culture, overall safety awareness increases.

“As Field Safety Managers, we help keep our nation’s highways safe,” said Landstar Field Safety Manager Jared Fritts. “Our job makes a difference in people’s lives.”

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Field Safety managers are key to the following important safety initiatives at Landstar:

  • M.U.S.T. (Mutual Understanding of Safety Together) – A unique program that brings Landstar representatives and customers together so that freight is delivered safely, on time, damage-free and in a professional manner.
  • No-Zone Events – Providing safety education to the public about the No-Zone, and teaching motorists how to safely share the road with big trucks.
  • Law Enforcement – Field Safety Managers promote Landstar’s safety message and build relationships by participating in local law enforcement events.
  • Data & Information- Safety managers provide performance and participation data to Landstar Safety Officers (LSOs) and regional representatives. This includes promoting the LSO of the Month program and the Safety Thursday Conference Call.
  • Safety Meetings – Safety managers help facilitate meetings across the country for BCOs, LSOs and agents. The meetings help Landstar communicate safety regulation changes and company and industry statistics, all while identifying best practices to reduce accidents and cargo claims.

Join Landstar Field Safety Managers on the February 18, 2016 Safety Thursday Conference Call.  The call starts at 12 p.m. EST. Dial 1-877-717-5921 to join in.

Safety Thursday: Health and Wellness

 

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The road to success starts with a healthy lifestyle, here are some key elements to keeping your health at its peak.

Sleep:

Studies show that how long a person sleeps is an important regulator of body weight and metabolism, and especially the levels of leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone, made by fat cells, that decreases your appetite and ghrelin is a hormone that increases the appetite. Sleep loss leads to higher levels of ghrelin that trigger the appetite and lower levels of leptin which tells your body when it is full. Simply put, less than 8 hours of sleep can change those hormones and in turn, cause weight gain.

Read the 10 effects of sleep loss from WebMD.com

Diet:

HealthyFood-540x330Nutritionists say eating five servings of vegetables each day can help people live healthier lives. Choosing the right vegetables to consume is also a very important part of the process. Color is a good indicator of a vegetable’s level of nutrition. Vegetables with vibrant colors such as red tomatoes or dark green broccoli and spinach are a healthier choice than non-vibrant vegetables like potatoes and iceberg lettuce. Preparing vegetables in a healthy way is important too. Avoid adding too much salt, butter and cheese to your veggies to keep them healthy. Do not overcook your vegetables either, the closer a vegetable is to its natural state, the healthier they are.

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Exercise:  The Center for Disease Control recommends people exercise 5 days a week for at 12_15_Walking_Blogleast 30 minutes. A brisk walk is a good way for BCOs to get exercise while out on the road. Taking a walk during stops and before going to bed at night will not only help your sleep patterns, but can help improve your health in general. Walking around a 53’ trailer 32 times is the equivalent to walking one mile.

Here are the guidelines from the CDC for improving overall health and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases: CDC Guidelines

Join the Landstar Safety Thursday Conference Call on the third Thursday of every month at 12 p.m. (noon) ET, dial 877-717-5921.