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  3. It is complacency combined with the "shield of invincibility" there lights and blocker vehicles provide. I suppose it is the same for other highway workers, as I often see construction and maintenance crews doing the same thing with only a line of traffic cones separating them from traffic flowing at 55+ MPH. I imagine we all become comfortable with danger to some extent which leads to letting our guard down and injury or death. As for your CHP Sgt., sadly so many agencies share his sentiment -the official training protocols are just that, official protocols not how things are done "in the real world". It is this mindset that must change to affect the other mindset of becoming comfortable (read complacent) being in close proximity to traffic. I liken it to the DOT regulatory compliance training I provide where my clients often comment "that's nice and all but how do I get around those rules?" whereas they are really just looking for the grey area (shortcut zone) to play in rather than being truly safe and compliant. Yes, I realize that compliance does not always equal safety but it is a great place to start!
  4. As others have stated there is most likely more to this story. That said, to address your direct question I would not have let it get to that point. The air conditioning would have been repaired as soon as it was reported and an alternate truck made available (if possible). If the truck with the defective a/c had to be used because it is the only one of it's kind in the fleet then use would be limited and a repair plan implemented as soon as possible. So, yes it is a legitimate complaint from the driver about inoperative air conditioning. CalOSHA requires employers to protect their workers from environmental exposure such as extreme heat or cold, going so far as to require cooling stations for outdoor workers exposed to temperatures above a certain level for a period of time. The same applies to truck drivers, working climate control systems and other mitigation measures are not optional items -they must function well enough to keep the driver from facing heat stress or frost bite among other environmental factors. Being fatigued from heat is a very real possibility. CalOSHA specifically mentions air conditioned trucks in their standard although a/c isn't mandatory if it is not available other measures must be taken to assure workers safety. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3395.html specifically mentions transportation in air conditioned vehicles, or the absence of air conditioning. For states other than Washington, Minnesota and California (which have specific state level rules) US OSHA relies on the general duty clause to impose environmental exposure controls for hot or cold working conditions. They generally follow the same guidelines as CalOSHA does. Further, FMCSA prohibits a driver from driving if they are ill or fatigued so all a driver needs to do is claim the heat is fatiguing them and the employer must remove them from service without retaliation. Yes I understand the sentiment of "in my days we didn't have any air conditioning" as I am old enough to have worked back then as well. I did not have working air conditioning in many of my early tow trucks and spent many hot summer days sitting in snarled traffic on the Cross Bronx Expressway (what a misnomer...there isn't anything express about the Cross Bronx) or other New York City roadways just baking inside my cab. That said, since we have a reasonable means to prevent this type of exposure we as employers have a duty to maintain the system. I also didn't have air ride seats with good ergonomics (my back feels it today) nor did I have window defrosters that could keep my glass clear during those cold winter days...neither of which I will drive a truck without today unless I am playing with an antique for a short period of time.
  5. Such a tragic accident, leaves one to wonder the cause. Thoughts and Prayers to the Family, Friends and others involved.
  6. I have to say the video in the news story really got to me. I could see one of our drivers family going out to the scene. SAD, Four Loving Children and a Wife who deeply cared for her entire family are now without a father and husband. Does anyone know if they have apprehended the Hit & Run Driver?
  7. I congratulate Chuck on what he has built. However, I do not see this as being the right time to brag about your successes when most tow companies which are your customers are coming out of a down economy brought on by covid-19 and a political climate which has destroyed many small businesses. Many small tow businesses built ITD and recognition of that seems to be lacking in this video. Maybe I just need to go watching it again or I just need to sell out, buy a motor home and travel.
  8. Sadness runs deep with each tow operator that is struck and killed.
  9. That is a very hard collision....the semi must have been almost stationary.... Our thoughts and prayers go the poor operators family, friends and co workers.....
  10. From Geri Roshkopf's Blog My local community has a Facebook page that has been helpful for things like sending out a notification for a missing dog or updates on community events, etc. Recently I read a post from someone asking about a local repair shop. I wasn’t sure how to read into what this person was asking other than they might have had a bad experience and wanted to know what others thought about the business. When you live in a small community, word-of-mouth is most often the best advertising you can have. I know the owners of this small repair shop and was pleased to see the community rally around them. Overwhelmingly positive comments were posted, and the person who originally posted the question finally stated that they got it — the owners were good people and ran a reliable repair shop. The automotive industry, like the towing and recovery industry, often gets thrown under the bus. Sorry, bad pun. I read an article that listed signs that you’ve found the right auto shop. These signs can also be used for finding a reliable towing company: People you trust say good things about them. The shop has the right decals in the window – such as the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) emblem, or your state and national towing association stickers. The shop passed an “audition,” or in other words, you’ve created a relationship before there is an urgent job. The shop has a clean rap sheet – check out the company on the Better Business Bureau’s website – bbb.org. The shop shows pride in its appearance – employees, shop and trucks. Technicians communicate well – in language you understand. Management will stand by its work. The shop looks out for you, keeping updated with automaker’s technology. It fits into your life – the shop is nearby, has convenient hours, etc. Now, more than ever, we need to support our local community businesses. It really does take a village. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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  13. I'm saddened and heartbroken by the sight of this horrific collision. Best wishes for the family, friends, and coworkers of this poor soul who perished while in the line of duty. Another tragic event to underscore the dangers inherent in our chosen career paths. Be safe fellow Tow Operators.
  14. Ok, I can make up any length I want at this point, so would I go wit a 10 or a 12? Chuck, have you run into a situation where you wanted that extra 2 feet? I would keep it at 10 just to save the weight if I wont ever need the extra length. The chain I have is from an overhead crane assembly. It is older chain and thicker than other 1/2 inch chain i have seen but I font know the actual rating for it. It has been strung along over the rafters in the garage for years. I have a piece of 2x8 board and a piece of angle iron made up, any other thought of what I might want? Tracy
  15. Praying for the family of the driver who was killed.
  16. I can't stop crying for his family. Those beautiful kids lost there father due to someone not paying attention to the road. I pray to God they find the person who did this. sending sincere condolences and prayers for Jason's family, friends and co-workers.
  17. What a horrible wreck. My condolences to the operators family and friends. With that hard of an impact, I have to assume the semi was stopped or going very slow when it was hit? Were the tail lights working at all on the semi? We all know the taillights on those container trailers are crappy even when they work properly. The tow truck had to have been moving along at a good clip.
  18. I agree with Chuckud, 10'-12' should cover most rig ups. Make sure the chain your using is Grade 80-100. The stuff is not cheap, but worth the peace of mind considering it is the only thing holding you together on a "bang bar" style hookup.
  19. Condolences to the operators family and friends.
  20. Our thoughts and prayers go out Jason's whole family and our sincere condolences ... from your fellow towers in the UK... Rest in Peace Dude... John.
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