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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Seeing, Thinking, and Acting: Avoiding Crashes Caused by Human Error (Basic)

Carolyn Wharton, Instructor, Smith System

Every year, thousands of people die in pointless traffic crashes.  Why?  There are many answers to this question.  The most important answer is that precautions were rarely taken to prevent these tragic events.  True, some crashes are unavoidable.  But of the millions of crashes happening each year, only a small percentage are truly nonpreventable.  Join us for this short summary presentation of how the Smith System 5Keys to Space Cushion driving helps drivers avoid crashes that are caused by human error.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Motor Carrier Safety Regulatons Update (Basic)

Eli Recollet, Special Agent, and Mickey Parling, Safety Investigator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, MI Division

This presentation will be a high level overview of updates to the Federal Carrier Safety Regulations and basic requirements for motor carriers and drivers.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Roundtable Discussion- Michigan State Police (Basic)

MC Ofcr. Andrew Sciba and MC Ofcr. Owens, Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division
This session will be a basic update on Michigan State Police trends in transportation safety and department goals and objectives, followed by open discussion with Q&A.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
How to Prepare a Trucking Company for a USDOT Audit (Intermediate)

Michael J. Leavitt, Attorney, Sullivan & Leavitt, P.C.

The speaker will cover how to prepare a trucking/logistics company for a USDOT Audit.  The session will include analysis of driver qualifications, accident records, maintenance records, hours of services records and drug testing records required to pass such an audit.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Fatigue Risk Management (Basic)

Chuck Simmons, Safety Specialist, Penske Truck Leasing

A deep dive into Fatigue Risk Management Systems, and Fatigue Reduction Programs, with a detailed discussion of available resources and practical application.

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Taking Safety from the Executive Office to the Frontline: What to Say and Do to Demonstrate Commitment (Intermediate)

Rachel Proper, Industry Account Manager, Caterpillar, Inc.

Every member of the organization fulfills a specific function to get the job done, and yet all are expected to be “responsible for safety.” How each person interprets that expectation is largely influenced by what they perceive is most important to their boss. Executives have a particularly wide scope of influence and accountability, so it is critical that they demonstrate commitment to safety through both words and actions, just as they do for production. It starts with leading by example, but true leadership goes beyond wearing proper PPE and ensuring others do the same. This session focuses on tactical activities for executives to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training and recognition. Safety doesn’t just happen – it is built through trust, consistency and accountability. Audience members will learn how to integrate these principles into their daily routines and performance cycles by learning the cultural trademarks of world class safety organizations, understanding how to demonstrate visible commitment to safety, and gaining perspective on how to positively hold employees accountable.

The program slides for this session will not be posted to our website per the speakers request.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cargo Securement (Basic-Intermediate)

Rob Siemens, Owner/President/OSHA Outreach Instructor, Royal Arc Industrial Services

This seminar will review the cargo securement standards based on North American Cargo Securement Standard Model Regulations, which require motor carriers to change the way they use cargo securement to prevent shifting or falling.  Types of securement devices and common mistakes made when securing loads will also be discussed.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
How Profound Knowledge can Prevent SIF’s (Intermediate)

Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, First Student, Inc.

This interactive session will discuss how profound knowledge and having an appreciation of a system and understanding variation can eliminate serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs).  A case study will be highlighted and maybe an attendee (or two) can win a book.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over Today?  Understanding Michigan’s Hands-Free Law (Basic)

Sandra Enness, MPH, MA, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Michigan’s Hands-Free law became effective on June 30, 2023, yet many Michigan drivers claim to have no knowledge of the law’s existence. Violating the law initially focused on cell phone use while driving; however, the law encompasses several distractive actions that drivers subconsciously commit while behind the wheel.

This session will present what encompasses the Hands-Free law and the penalties for being cited when violating the law, as well as review districted driving crash data to help you become a better-educated and safer driver on Michigan’s roadways.

Division Members


Christopher DeRuiter, CSP, CAWC

Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

Vice Chairperson

Andrew Horner, ASP

Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc.


Rachael Partridge

Gordon Food Service

Darryl Hill

First Student, Inc.

Jonathan Lee, CSP, CAWC

Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

Sami Norton

Gordon Food Service

Leon Saladin

MacAllister Family Companies

Chuck Simmons, CTP

Penske Truck Leasing

Bryan E. Somerville, CDS, ASI

T.K.M.S. & Lou’s Transport

Morgan Thane

OHM Advisors