Thomas Lansing Named Truckload Carriers Association’s 2013 Safety Professional of the Year

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Tom is a true leader with a vast knowledge of the safety field. His unselfish commitment to the betterment of the trucking industry clearly places him as a thoroughbred in the transportation field.

Each year, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) presents its prestigious Clare C. Casey Award to a safety professional whose actions and achievements have had a profound and positive impact on safety on our highways. The 2013 recipient is Thomas Lansing, vice president of safety and driver services for Hogan Transports, Inc., of Bridgeton, Missouri. The announcement was made during the 32nd annual meeting of TCA’s Safety & Security Division at The Westin Indianapolis.

According to Harry Kimball, division chairman and the vice president, risk management, for Western Flyer Express, Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, “Within the truckload industry, there is no higher mission than striving for perfection in safety, both on the highways and within our own facilities. TCA has bestowed this honor upon Tom because he is a true leader with a vast knowledge of the safety field. His unselfish commitment to the betterment of our industry clearly places him as a thoroughbred in the transportation field.”

Lansing began his career in 1972 as a sort manager in charge of safety and operations for United Parcel Service. After a decade, he joined Hogan Transports as an operations manager. One year later, he took over responsibility for safety and recruiting; he has been with Hogan ever since.

Under Lansing’s leadership, Hogan has received TCA’s National Fleet Safety division award seven times. It won the grand prize in 2002. In 2004, the company was named “Innovator of the Year” by the Commercial Carrier Journal. When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration unveiled its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, Hogan was selected as one of the test carriers for Missouri’s pilot program. Lansing worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation to develop procedures that would work for the industry and was willing to share his experiences with many colleagues, enabling them to get a head start on preparing for this “game-changing” program.

David Hogan, president of Hogan Transports, said that Lansing has brought several new and successful safety measures to the company, such as a driver fatigue monitoring program and a winter weather shutdown program.

“As anyone in the trucking industry knows, safety is an ongoing challenge that requires leadership that continually pushes an organization to improve its safety record,” said Hogan. “Tom is the perfect leader to get that job done.”

An active member of TCA, Lansing is a past chairman of the organization’s Safety & Security Division. He is active in the American Trucking Associations and the Missouri Motor Carriers Association. Outside of the trucking industry, Lansing is the president and founder of the Gateway Football League and has served as a high school football official for 16 years. He is a 25-year volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Nominees for TCA’s award must exemplify leadership and demonstrate the goals of protecting lives and property in the motor transportation industry while serving their company, industry, and the motoring public. The award is named after a safety professional who actively served TCA from 1979 until 1989. He was devoted to ensuring that all truckload safety professionals meet yearly to build the strong safety network this division provides today, and was instrumental in forming the first annual Safety & Security Division meeting in 1982. After his death in 1989, the first award in his name was presented the following year.

For more details about the annual Clare C. Casey Safety Professional of the Year Award, please visit http://www.truckload.org/Safety-Professional-of-the-Year.

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

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