“There’s no competition when it comes to safety.” That has become the backbone and unofficial motto of the Safety Leadership Summit, an initiative led by and involving some of the nation’s largest commercial tire dealerships. In October 35 safety personnel gathered near Charlotte, N.C., to share best practices and ideas on how to make their employees, workplaces and the industry as a whole, safer.
The summit is the brainchild of Russ Devens, director of safety and risk assessment at McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc., and Tony Mullen, director of risk management at Snider Tire Inc.
The two men were introduced when a shared insurance company representative suggested they connect. Their scheduled one-hour meeting extended more than three hours, and at the end of it they decided they needed to get other commercial tire dealers in on the conversation. That day, the idea of the Safety Leadership Summit was born.
“I quickly realized his problems were my problems,” Mullen said.
Their first event in 2019 brought together …