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  1. 7 points
    Hi All. I’m including this narrative I’ve written and sent to American Towman for consideration. After two, back-to-back tow operator fatalities that announced incoming 2020, I’ve had trouble sleeping as those events keep running over and over in my mind. This narrative is timely. Because my business is that of tow operator training, safety and survival, I’m beginning 2020 in a proactive manner searching new ways to curtail the senseless operator deaths; many caused by the same, repeated mistakes made by tow operators. I came to a challenging realization to suggest we towers carry a huge responsibility in the reality of today’s industry. This narrative is lengthy. I present it to you, especially if you consider yourself an industry leader and forward thinker. While the motoring public is responsible for causing a large percentage of tow operator deaths, I’ve set that component aside, so to look at tow operators themselves and what needs to happen to keep these deaths from repeating themselves. FACT: Distracted driving is here to stay. It makes no sense to disregard the fact that everybody has a cell-phone, drinking and driving is a worldly pastime, and slow-down move-over laws DON’T work. The industry’s history proves that, so, blaming the motoring public is a known factor. Their inability to operate motor vehicles in perfect steadiness will NEVER happen. That’s not rocket-science to understand. Since the first wrecker was invented one hundred-plus years’ ago, I’ve documented more than 950x tow operators killed in the line-of-duty. In that, I present one solid and valid question about the towing and recovery industry; “If the fire-service and even trash truck industry recognized that riding on tail-boards were a known cause of fire-fighter or trash operator deaths, from their lessons learned, they developed rules, guidelines, procedures and criteria that nearly eliminated repeated deaths. Why is the towing and recovery industry ignorant as to not follow their lead to develop industry-wide guidelines that lessen the (known and repeated) causes of tow operator fatalities?” The repeated and senseless loss of tow operators and industry workers is always on my mind. Last night, I watched a movie blurp with fire-fighters dangling off the rear of the fire-truck as it hurriedly made its way through the city. This morning, I watched a rural trash truck collecting trash on our mountain, seeing the shiny, brand-new, high-dollar, four-axle trash truck doing its thing; the truck’s driver never got out of the truck. I wondered, “How has the trash industry and fire-service come so far?” For both fire and trash industries, “What was the catalyst that turned them from being a rag-tag group of providers to the professional workers they are today?” The answer; formalization and regulation. These comments are in-line with recent forum questions questioning whether-or-not the towing and recovery industry are first responders? Of the responses that forum participants offered, it’s obvious that towers themselves didn’t feel the tow industry was regarded as first responders. The common responses indicated that towers weren’t trained or thought of as first responders because of lack of training or formalization of industry standards. I researched back to what criteria the fire-service developed to become professionalized where a set of standards trained, up-graded and recognized them. A group of (fire) administrators sat-down and came up with some kind of rules, regulations and criteria to identify safety practices for the fire-service. Herein, I invite you to read just what it took the fire-service to get out from being a bunch of yahoo’s and into a professional and well-thought industry. Read the Article: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2017/January-February-2017/Features/NFPA-1500 From the following narrative, it regards the reasoning, need and founding of the National Fire Protection Association, where it reads, “The document’s impact has been dramatic. In the three decades since NFPA 1500 was created, average annual firefighter line-of-duty deaths have been slashed nearly 40 percent as the overall number of response calls has more than tripled. Firefighter injuries are down about 30 percent. Meanwhile, equipment, apparatus, procedures, incident command, fire-ground operations, and more have all developed with firefighter safety in mind. It's all part of what Dr. Denis Onieal, deputy administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration, has termed “the fire service's evolution from a calling to an occupation to a profession.” In 1916, the first wrecker rolled into service. Accordingly, the towing and recovery industry now approaches its 104th anniversary. And, where the International Towing and Recovery Museum sadly comments, “The towing and recovery industry has an operator killed on-average every six days.” FACT: Because there is NO presence of set rules, regulations, guidelines or industry standards, the carnage simply continues. The Wall of the Fallen will greet another 10 to 30-names per year and following years if this industry continues down the same path. To me, that simply means, our industry is OK with NOT being respected or considered professional. We really DON’T care if towers continue to be killed until it happens to them or one of their employees. While these are harsh words and the future looks dim … this IS the reality of the industry. We know the problems, yet, we ignore the steps to professionalism. What’s it take for the industry and tow business owner’s get on-board? I invite you to read the article I'm sharing and simply consider what the fire-service did to formalize their work? But, keep this solid fact in-mind, “Where formalization and standardization is desired, there will be requirements and regulations that tow owners may NOT agree. ”If it takes a village to raise a child, towers will have to work together in-agreeance with the criteria and regulation leading to professionalism. And, there’s a clear reality that says, “Where the industry doesn’t strive for excellence or professionalism, we’ll always remain, low-paid, unrespected, and unrecognized as true professionals. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Shouldn’t something be done (in 2020) to bring professionalism to the industry? If this doesn’t light a fire in-you … nothing will (no pun intended.) Comments? Answers? R.
  2. 6 points
    PRESS RELEASE: 2020 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED BY ITRHFM CHATTANOOGA, TN, June 9, 2020 — The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum today announced that it has completed the selection process for induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020. Troy Barnett (Sierra Vista, AZ), Ron Bressler (Morgantown, PA), Stacey Tucker Canterbury (Bremerton, WA), Tom Griffin (Hixson, TN), Norman Horton (Newville, AL), Phil Howard (Kennesaw, GA), Luc Le Baron (Brunoy, France), Rodney Pellow (Isanti, MN), Antonio Re (Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia), and Sherry White (Fremont, CA) were nominated by members of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum for their many contributions to the towing and recovery industry, their families and communities. “The towing Hall of Fame is the highest honor in the industry and celebrates those who have worked hard to support and grow the professionalism of towing and recovery around the world,” said Bill Gratzianna, President of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “This year’s group of inductees is no exception in their work on behalf of the industry and their leadership inside and outside of the industry.” The Class of 2020, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in a ceremony to be held at 6pm on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at the Westin Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. A full weekend of activities will be held to celebrate this year’s inductees. For more information on the induction ceremony, or to order event tickets and/or make hotel reservations, contact the museum at 423-267-3132 or visit them on the internet at towingmuseum.com. About ITRHFM The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a tremendous gift shop. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. Learn more at www.towingmuseum.com.
  3. 6 points
    I wanted to get in on this sooner but I have been under the weather. I am not on any social media outlet. TowForce is the only towing site I read and reply to. I am a 4th generation tower, grew up in the family business of 64 years. I now run the family business with my brother. I am a WM 8-9 A, and hold numerous commendations, and awards throughout my career. I am also a board member of our state towing association and have been for the last 20 years. I like to think I try to run our operation similar to a fire department. Trained operators, shift work along with call outs, additional training not directly related to towing and recovery, etc. No one told me to do that. I made the choice to be that “professional” and commit to that level of professionalism. But by the “industry standards” today I am considered the cast away. The phrase “you have too many new trucks you are taking advantage of someone” “you have too nice of a facility you are overcharging” These are just some of the comments I and my operators have heard for being professional. We do have a newer fleet and our facility was spotlighted in Tow Times a few years back. Why are we the cast away? The reason there are no set rules, regulations, guidelines, or industry standards is because no one wants to be that person to get something with that much impact implemented in the industry. Any association who gets that implemented nationwide is going to be accused of putting the little guy out of business. I get it a lot of companies will bet out of business if and when something like NFPA 1500 hits the towing industry. And that will probably be for the best, because it is true only the strong and true professional towing companies will survive. Our industry needs a wake-up call. Every tow operator should have a certification under his or her name to be on the road towing. Followed up with continuing education with practical sessions and performing recoveries in front of a trainer. We have addressed this article from within, but what about the other industries that EFFECT ours? Look at all the requirements that already keep us in harms’ way longer than we should? I can remember when you could tow a RWD vehicle on the rear wheels to get where you needed to go. Now you can’t move some vehicle no amount of distance without damaging them. Why is that? I feel that the towing industry is put upon to figure all of this out after the fact and expected to do so on moments’ notice and BTW you aren’t going to charge any additional for that. Due to the fact our industry is not recognized we don’t have any input to how these vehicles are being developed. This need to stop immediately. More to come….
  4. 5 points

    Demon Delivery

  5. 5 points

    Porsche W/Suspension Issues

  6. 5 points

    Reo Fire Truck

    Moving one of our local Fire Company's antique Reo around the other day. This is a neat old truck that we have towed 3 or 4 times.
  7. 5 points

    Re: Round-Table for Professionalism?

    Hi All ... as of yet, there isn't a whole lot of response from state tow associaitons, so I wrote this attached letter to challenge participation from state associations and their members. Although lengthy, it's an attempt that seeks everyone's participation and why participation is important. Here goes. Dear State Tow Association President and Board 17 January 2020 Re: A Challenge Toward Professionalism & Standardization A spirited and motivated conversation is currently taking place among tow owners, operators and industry professionals on TowForce.net regarding what it takes and how to bring standardization and professionalism to the industry? In a short period of time, one single thread, entitled, “The Road to Professionalism or Not”, has generated exceptional attention and response. I apologize for letter’s length, but I ask if you’ll read it in its entirety? Towers are tired of NOT attaining a level of professionalism because the industry has no set guidelines or standards that lead to professionalism. And, in that, the industry pales in any attempt to attain higher-rates, to gain better regulatory practices, even garner the notable respect given to other first responder entities. An action to gain national standardization is NOT an attempt to force out mom and pop tow companies, but to put all tow companies, large and small, on the same, level playing field and address all issues that are distinct to tow trucks and the niche businesses they operate. I refer you to the National Firefighters Prevention Association document, “NFPA 1500”, where, in 1983, a newly founded technical committee took to task the writing and development of guidelines for fire services, response, operations and administrations. In doing so, the fire-service went from a rag-tag group of workers to a solid, professional and well-respected industry. Under the regulations of NFPA 1500, the fire-service recognized a drop of nearly 40-percent fatality rate upon installation of those regulations. While the document wasn’t for everyone, its result were successful and far-reaching throughout America’s fire-service. Here is the link to narrative that explains how the NFPA 1500 formalized and professionalized the fire-service: Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2017/January-February-2017/Features/NFPA-1500 Participants within this forum aren’t paid for their participation or comments. We’re reaching out to all tow operators, business owners and state associations who consider themselves professionals with hopes that some level of national standardization can be developed for the future. Towers are setting their indifferences aside to try and reach a solution to the industry’s 104-year old problem that remains at large. This speaks to the 330-plus tow operators killed while working shoulder and highway incidents. I personally believe that state tow associations are the voice of membership with an exclusive responsibility to create programs in the best interest of its members. I also believe that when association leaders take the lead, their membership listens to what’s being presented. In that, I’m confident that all towers wish to lose the stigma and humiliation that says we’re all a bunch of simple yahoo’s looking for cars to steal. Wouldn’t you agree? To the contrary, towers are actively seeking ways to raise the bar of the towing and recovery industry through national standardization. For example, the TRAA currently has (in-place) programs that already reach the national level. I don’t feel it necessary to reinvent the proverbial wheel, but perhaps to build on programs presented by their leadership, their position, political contacts and influences. Equally, let the letter serve as an invite to TRAA as well. In that light, I send this written challenge to you, your leadership board and your state’s association members to participate in conversations regarding professionalism and national standardization. Everyone’s comments, for or against, are the catalyst to openly suggest that our industry is committed to professionalism. To do so means guidelines must be in-place and initiated into the industry’s mainstream. Because there’s strength in numbers, we reach out to the entire towing and recovery industry. I’m asking that you’ll please take a few moments to visit TowForce.net, navigate your way to its home page, type the words, “professionalism standardization”, then scroll to the title, “The Road to Professionalism or Not”. The entire page will bring you to the topics and comments being discussed. We look forward to seeing you and your association’s member on the pages of TowForce … it’s easy and it’s free. Thank you in advance for considering this request. We invite you to be part of this ground-breaking action that represents the best interests of your state’s towers. No one will attempt to sell you product where the only investment is a few minutes of your time. Please feel free to contact me at rreschran@gmail.com if you have additional questions regarding this letter. Best Regards. Respectfully, Randall C. Resch Randall Resch Training Approved CHP TSA Tow Operator Safety Instructor Hemet, CA. rreschran@gmail.com
  8. 5 points

    'We risk our lives daily:'

    Thanks guys for these well explained situations. Your words provide me with necessary information that will allow me to write a letter to the IACP under close scrutiny of my brother (retired police chief). I'll get crackin' on that and will share it with you. Note: When difficult topics are discussed in a calm, reserved, well-spoken manner, much can be learned for the betterment of the industry. Also important are those negative interactions that should be brought to the tow bosses attention. Thanks again. R
  9. 5 points
    On January 5th of this thread, Steve Calitri posted, “Tow co's in each town, or county, should organize to campaign to police and highway patrol for the enforcement of the Move-Over law.” I’m working on a, “Letter to the Editor”, that I’ll send to Police Magazine that addresses the need for stepped-up enforcement of the SDMO. Although special enforcement of SDMO laws may not be a priority to tow truck services, it IS in the best interest of the law enforcement community too. There are many avenues to be taken here and the pen is oftentimes mightier than the sword. R
  10. 5 points
    I'm really happy to see your presence here Q as you are in one of the most influential leaders in the industry. I can honestly say that, "Yes", for going-on 50-years now, I know what I'm asking for ... that's why I started this thread. What I'm asking for is something or some way to end the senseless SLAUGHTER of tow truck operators. I'm being careful what I ask for to know and understand some kind of proactive plan that stares regulation, but raises the bar of tow industry standard to a level that recognizes the work we do. Saving lives and becoming recognized shouldn't be a money-thing. Professionalism, training and ultimate respect shouldn't be negated because of costs associated with them. Accordingly, GoodMichael correctly states, "This industry, overall, is unwilling to take the necessary steps to protect it's most valuable asset, that being it's people". That that speaks to the 100x or so California tow operators that I've archived as killed KILLED in the line-of-duty; 46x of those operators working shoulder and white-line events in the last 30-years. I'm intimately aware that the industry has been under attack from all sides. You too as owner know as well, but it's a sad reality that this industry can't won't and doesn't pull together to fight the BIG issuses in the industry and in the best interests of the tow industry. Are (we) as an industry under attack for the games that unscrupulous tower play? Good towers, bad towers; we're all lumped into the same category because of some illegal or clandestine action, drug related arrest, over-charging, gouging, even instances of stealing are reported to drive-time news. I personally have met a lifetime of tow owners who are the epitome of professionalism and reputation only to be degraded when they charge reasonable rates for the work they conduct and the costs of them doing bsuiness. Insurance companies and customers shouldn't be dictating the rates. The motoring public needs to obtain towing, theft, fire and liability and their responsibility to operate a motor vehicle, and those highly paid insurance companies must be fully educated as to what it costs to operate a tow business. Fact: We DON'T operate for free. They obviously dictate rates because the industry doesn't can't and won't stand-up to their game-playing tactics and non-cooperation. The individuals responding to this discussion aren't divided in their quest to become professional and respected for the work they do, but, a handful of, "leaders", aren't able to influence the masses. Having attended a California 832 PC police academy with thousands of hours of law enforcement training, I will tell you that this industry pales in comparison to other professional entities as noted in NFPA 1500. Let's broaden this discussion so not to throw anyone entirely under the bus; why hasn't any national association headed-up a program like NFPA 1500 or California's 832 POST? In California along, the association has leadership, they have the people, they have a legislative committee and they have a legal staff capable of develop a program that initiates professionalism, certification, competency, all which go hand-in-hand with continuuing education similar to the same levels of police and fire. I'm not talking about a program available to members only and one that's voluntary? I'm speaking of one that's required of the industry. I know these things take time, "but I ain't gettin' any younger". Personally, I have high expectations of industry leadership to invent and evoke some level of professionalism beyond what's current. To that, I invite all national associations to step-in and participate. I will however, give a shout-out to Tommy and Tess Anderson for what SouthWest Tow Operators does and has done for Texas towers. While Texas TDLR isn't easy to work with in how they enforce training, permiting and enforcement, towers are held to a higher standard of training. Some Texas towers say that it's all a joke and it isn't a perfect system, but I see their association as something like-type that possibly lead to a bigger level of professionalism. Does anyone remember ProMetric from the 1990's? Additionally, I'll give American Towman's, Mr. Calitri, kudos for bringing about the American Towman Standards. I know the standards worked because I put them into place for my own company. These are all, "lead them to water" scenarios, but towers don't take advantage of these kinds of programs because they cost money and cause them regulation? That's crap as I believe there's a bigger value in the long-run, but that's my opinion. R.
  11. 5 points
    May I ask ... where are all of the so-called industry, "Heavy Hitters", when they too should be hip-deep in these conversations. I'd really like to see more participants even if it were only to know they supported what's going on. R.
  12. 5 points
    Good points from everyone, but I still maintain we as an industry are our worst enemy. Until we raise the price of admission to our great industry to a higher standard than the ability to point and steer straight down the road, we will face these issue. As much as I hate to admit it, I feel the only way to raise up is to require a certification and or special licensing to get behind the wheel of a tow truck, either as an owner or operator. While a college or high school course would be amazing to be a part of, there's a large portion of employees as well as employers who see a 2 day WreckMaster course as a waste of time and money, let alone the dedication a college level class would take. There are too many people in towing and recovery that see it just as a job rather than a career, and most owners don't do much in the way of trying to change that. For every one company taking the time to train and equip their guys and girls with the best of the best there's at least 10 companies that just worry about filling the seat. We as a whole need to be more open to training constantly. To become an EMT I had to take a semester long class 3 nights a week at our local college. To stay an EMT I have to take refreshers in 3 different areas of emergency medicine before my card expires or I lose it. I go through the same hoops to keep my fire inspector license current each year. Why shouldn't we as towers be required to take a traffic safely course once a year to stay in a tow truck? Along with a lack of training we have an ignorance in the importance of personal protection and advanced traffic warning. Back in late 2007 when the new ANSI regulations were announced we spent a boat load of money buying reflective vests and jackets to make sure our employees were in compliance with the new laws. Unfortunately, in the 12 years since the new laws took effect, we remain the only company in our town out of 8 companies that you will see wearing high viz. Again, we cannot get the majority of our industry to follow a federal regulation that has been adopted by every other industry that works on the side of the road. A FEDERAL REGULATION. Hell, I pass more carriers without a proper 4 point tie down than I pass carriers with a proper tie down. We can't get guys to make sure the car they are towing is going to stay on their truck, let alone getting them to put a vest on and throw some cones. Advanced traffic warning should be as routine a part of our jobs as starting the truck. The number one thing I have done to keep myself safe on the road is to take the TIM course and implement it's principals. My truck has 18 flares and 8 cones and they get used regularly. If you can't see me before you get to me there's a problem. I am for sure cones and flares have saved my life more than once. Even with all the free classes out there, I still see trucks loading cars on dark highways with no advanced traffic warning and blocked emergency lights. The traffic cannot move over or show down if you do not give them enough warning that they have something to move over from. How many times have you not seen a truck on the roadside until it was too late to do anything? Again, traffic WILL NOT move over for you if you don't give them as much pre warning as you can. I see a lot of videos posted to social media about traffic not moving over for the poster, but very rarely do I see cones, flares, or even a vest in the video. Again, if you want traffic to move over for you, give them the warning they need to do it safely. NFPA 1500 works for the fire service because it's a service filled mostly with guys and girls who want to do the job the best way possible. They think nothing of doing a hundred hours a year in training and a drill a week is a fun challenge. When's the last time you passed a low buck tow truck doing a training? I've never seen it. The best way to stop these road side incidents is to get rid of the shit bags in our industry and fill it with people who want to be the best they can be, not just fill a seat.
  13. 5 points
    Are you as a business owner willing to facilitate changes that will cosy money, and implement safety as a number one priority? I would not send a driver out on a roadwaty without a blocker vehicle period. And I would charge for it. Nothing is free. Nothing. I have said before that I hope that all business entities that do not have the safety of their drivers as a number one priority go out of business. I would like to see the companies who do, demand in solidarity, that the insurance companies block them together due to their exemplary safety records, driver safety history, and safety plans. And they should be rewarded with lower rates, as they will not be supporting the unsafe, POS companies that put profit before safety and lives. I have been a strong advocate for more regulation of this industry by OSHA. I hate the govermnent with a passion. But this industry, from the owners, operators, ehicle manufacturers, motor clubs, law enforcement, and private pay customers is unwilling to make the needed changes. If OSHA were to mandate that every vehicle towed on the side of the road requires a blocker, then you charge for it. Accordingly. And the parasitic entities that are called motor clubs will pay for it too. If you do not use a blocker and an emplyee is injured, maybe a 25,000.00 fine will enlighten your heart and mind to safety, as it lightens your wallet. Go ask an electrician to work on a circuit without performing the required safety checks and lock out tag out. See what happens.
  14. 5 points
    In my opinion, It is difficult for the general, knuckle-dragging public to relate us to the likes of fire/ems/pd for the main reason of when we finish recovering/towing etc a persons vehicle, we hand them a bill. fd/pd/ems do not. Yes of course these services are paid for with your taxes of course but that doesnt come to mind during the incident where their services are required. The general public ALWAYS sees us as dirty, uneducated leeches making money off of their misfortune. They have wrecked or blown up their car, usually the second most expensive thing they own next to their house and here we are telling them they owe us sometimes a fairly large amount of money for dragging it around. Imagine how different the world would perceive the fire departments If the Chief walked up to a guy who just watched his house burn down and handed him a bill.. Also there are way too many goons out there who go and buy some worn out wrecker and call themselves tow truck drivers. in most cases causing way more harm than good to the general public all because they see it as easy money and for them it usually is because they dont have the right equipment, training insurance and so on. and they run around stuffing their pockets because they can cut all our throats not having the expenses a legitimate competent, law abiding business does till the proverbial s#!t hits the fan and either close up shop or change names and paint jobs to keep hammering away. It would be fantastic if there was some form of national governing body for us as the fd's do with nfpa and so on. Maybe i will live long enough to see it happen but sadly, I doubt I will. This industry as a whole is too infantile still. as far as getting the respect of the motoring public that we deserve, I dont ever see that happening. To them we are just over priced, drooling idiots that take advantage of them at their weakest and slow them down when we are out there working. Of course all of this is just my opinion and overall outlook on whats going on and has been for years. These comments are not directed at every person who has called for help by us as some are certainly grateful and respectful of what we do and endure for them.They are the minority though.
  15. 5 points
    Orcas Tow

    Doodlebug, or whooziwhatzit?

    28-29 Model A 1 ton shortened & turned in to a log skidder, home made winch from a tapered axle rear end, a couple of brake drums & a chain driven 3 speed transmission, heck even has a winch brake, pretty cool git er done engineering right there.
  16. 5 points

    Re: A Shout-Out to Emily Oz

    Without having a better means to segue into the, "Who's Who", of the towing and recovery industry, I wanted to say, "Thank you", to Emily Oz who has graced hundreds of towing and recovery segments through the past years. Emily is the Face of American Towman TV and she's everywhere on the floor of tow shows several times a year. I don't know if you've had the opportunity to talk with her, but Emily has is an endearing personality, infectious smile, and a desire to showcase this industry in its best light. Because I don't remember seeing it anywhere else, I thought it timely to give her a shout-out. With warm regards, thank you, Emily for all you do for the towing and recovery industry. R.
  17. 5 points
  18. 5 points
    Orcas Tow

    25 Ton Dump riding the ditch

    I had a call from the local Sheriffs Office this morning for a tandem axle dump loaded with sand figuring 25 ton in the ditch. We responded with a 1981 KW W900A/Holmes 750 & 2001 F550 4x4/Chevron 408. After surveying the scene we positioned the trucks diagonally to the dump, rigged low from the tailboard of the 750 to the front pin with 4 lines to the load, rigging the Chevron with a high line from the boom to a chain wrapped over the corner of the box for high leverage to keep the truck from tipping any further & another low from the tailboard to the drivers rear outboard wheel simply for forward pull as there was no other place to rig being as the dump box was sitting directly on the truck frame. County closed that section of the road diverting all through traffic. Dump running in neutral & she came out without incident. About 1 hour on scene.
  19. 5 points
    Ron ... you asked for a rant, or, a rah rah speech? Well ... here ya' go. No ... I'm not a state association, yet simply, a concerned individual who's worked much of my adult career training police officers and tow truck operators. For 30-plus years, I've been a career instructor and technical writer teaching white-line safety and the TIMs concept for tow operators. I have had my legs broken by an out-of-control vehicle while I worked a highway patrol recovery some 40-year's ago. I know what it's like to being critically injured at the hands of some motorhead because they were driving too fast for conditions in the rain. I know what it's like to think and rethink that incident asking, "What I could have done better to have lessened my on-scene exposure?" I felt guilty for having totaled my bosses tow truck, but, only because I was there to help serve law enforcement, not because it was my fault. It was at that very moment where I committed myself to learning and practicing on-scene safety. Since then, I have tracked highway related fatalities that go back as far as 1934, with nearly 950-operators killed for varying reasons; as many as 350-of those killed on the highways. I have written and reported on tow operator fatalities, helped bury many police officer and tow operator friends killed in the line-of-duty to the point I have grown weary of the repeated slaughter. But, I haven't lost my inner-fire with simple hopes that we'll somehow recognize a way to reduce the pandemic of tow operators killed. But, that comes with stirring the emotions of some tow operators and tow business owners who don't give a care about what their doing or how they're going about their daily tasks. We know that flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... does take extra time, but the very fact of identifying a work-space that says, "HERE I AM", should be worth the time it takes. There are lessons to be learned here people ... we're not reinventing the wheel, but simply demand, "Do what you have to to make yourself seen; don't stand in active traffic lanes and stay OFF the white-line side." That's no-brainer stuff. How hard can that be? Sure there are incidents where distracted drivers will continue to crash into us working the highways. But, lessons learned from 350-tow operator fatalities has clearly identified that working on or near the white-line side is THE most dangerous place to be. Need I say more? I am a realist that understands that DUI's, texting and motoring stupidity are here to stay. Towers continue to put themselves in harms way. No ... not because of a lack of training, is it too much testosterone, or is it that overflowing macho that says, "Nothin's gonna' happen to me?" Without concern for hurting anyone's sensibilities, tower's ... stop worrying about the cops not being there, state associations not being involved, or those damned non-concerned highway drivers. You have NO control over what they do, but you have every bit of control about where you work and what you do to help save your individual life. It's your professional skills and on-scene processes that you that prayerfully will keep your name from being part of my fatality archives. Take control of your actions and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. You should be telling yourself ... "Not me, not today", preparing yourself mentally that no punk driver is going to take you out based on your carelessness or complacency. On-scene safety is every operator's choice ... and NO amount of hand-holding or coddling by others will help keep you safe more than your own actions. In a nutshell, the cops aren't helping, the associations haven't stepped up and the motoring public simply doesn't give a crap. To me ... that presents a bleak picture of the industry's future. I will continue to help spread the word of safety and survival where I can. But, I can only pray for your safety. It's that, "lead them to water", kinda' thing. R
  20. 5 points

    Newest Addition

  21. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  22. 4 points
    We had quite a few crashes this week but this was the most interesting. Customer bought this Infinity Q60 a few days ago and "left the roadway" around 6 in the morning. Took out a mail box and then launched off a rock & boulder embankment behind a guardrail. The car went about 300' through bamboo trees until he hit a few trees of "girth".... He went in at the far left of this photo... Once we looked at the area, it was figured the best course of action would be a Tator recovering it up & over the guardrail. To go back the way it went in was 300' and the more destructive way over the rocks... Luckily he was ok and able to get out of it. He climbed up the 40' embankment to get help. if not I'm pretty confident he wouldn't of been found till winter... We hoisted a box full of straps & rigging down to the scene for rigging... 1st I rigged to the front wheels to spin it around and pull it 30' up so it would center under the boom...lots of trees in the way. Then it was Up and away... Mike dropped it right on the rollback... Packed up our toys and brought it all home... A Thank You to Milewski's Towing in Scranton for the assistance. The job went fast and we were compensated in 3 days....On to the next.
  23. 4 points
    As the wife of Dale Jones, the tow truck recovery operator that was struck and killed on 1/4/2020 in Watertown Sd, I can tell you that my heart goes out to this drivers family and friends, his community and fellow drivers, I will pray your loved one finds his way back to you. Before my husband died I did not know of this amazing, supportive, and dedicated community of what I consider to be the front line heros of america. These amazing men and woman put themselves and thier families 2nd to the needs of stranded, confused, wrecked, lost and destroyed motorists, they live with a phone connected to them at all times, they hit the floor running day or night, they are there to help as a support to all 1st responders and customers, and yet they are the ones most often then not that go unnoticed,unsupported and unmentioned. I believe they are due the same respect same consideration same backup as afforded a 1st responder. I have thought long and hard about what is needed to keep all recovery specialists and emergency personnal safe. In my opinion changing the color of the lights on tow trucks is not a sufficient change to insure the law of slow down and move over, that would if adheard to save a majority of this industry's personnal and thier families the devastation of loss my family and myself have endured this year. I believe that in order to keep everyone safe one of two things could be implemented. 1. An officer should be on scene to direct traffic at every site Or 2. Each tow truck should roll with 2 operators so one could monitor or direct traffic. I also believe you all should be included in the same group as the police, emts, and ambulance population of 1st responders, to allow you the ability to be as promanet in the public's sight. I also believe any motorist that doesnt abide the move over law that takes a life should be charged with vehicular manslaughter not just sited and fined if they take a life they should be held accountable. I pray this family is restored whole with the return of thier loved one, I know what I would give to have Dale home today. To all you wonderful selfless and devoted heros I ask you please take every caution, use a buddy system and stay vigilant, please take the steps you need to return home to the ones you love. For the public does not take the time nor have the consideration and respect of you to keep you safe as of yet. May god bless you, watch over and guide you and give you strength to ensure you keep returning home. Sincerely Mrs Jones
  24. 4 points


    Just a move to the shop
  25. 4 points
    Orcas Tow

    Narrow road water tanker

    I had a call from one of our local excavation companies for a single axle water tanker rollover on a narrow private driveway. I arrived on scene with my 1981 KW W900A with a Holmes 750 to find this truck on its top, driver was ok, tank was empty. I surveyed the scene looking at what was available for Holmes trees on the high side. I set the brakes on casualty, chained front axle to the frame with a 1/2 grade 80 chain, wrapped the drivers front axle with a grade 80 recovery chain, wrapped 2 trees on the high side with continuous loops/snatch blocks. Ran passenger side winch line to tree #1 through 8 ton snatchblock to another snatchblock/chain at drivers side front axle terminating winch line hook at tree #2/continuous loop for 2 line to the load at front axle for roll then winching onto roadway. I ran 1/2" grade 80 recovery chain through holes in outer dual wheel. I ran drivers side winch line from boom sheave to snatchblock/chain then terminated back at drivers side sheave for a high pull for rollover. I set my drivers side outrigger & rear spades for wrecker stability. Both winches were engaged & casualty came upright, once on its wheels I ran a hard chain from wrecker tailboard to casualty so I could reposition my passenger side rigging to a lower position on the casualty to bring the back end back onto the roadway. I winched both ends onto roadway, hooked & towed to companies yard. I dont get to use this old girl as much as I would like but she never lets me down & always gives me an adventure:)
  26. 4 points
    My 8 year old learning the ropes.
  27. 4 points

    Lexus Tree Ornament

    We were called by the NJSP Buena barracks for a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival my dad found a car well off the road on it's side pinned in a tree. He immediately called me for a wrecker, as he was in a flatbed. It was pretty clear that the only thing holding the car from going all the way over was the tree that was a good foot and a half into the engine compartment, meaning that as we winched it away from the tree out was going to roll onto it's roof instead of wheels. We decided to utilize a perfectly placed Holmes tree off to the left to keep it on its side as we pulled it back with a low line. We also decided to use the control line to roll it once clear of the tree. This presented a problem as there were a couple trees behind the clearing we rolled the car into. Another perfectly placed Holmes tree on the opposite side helped us swing the rear of the car around to pull it the rest of the way out of the woods without taking any trees with us. Once out of the woods we loaded it onto the flatbed and brought it to our yard.
  28. 4 points
    A few photos of her all wrapped up! Sent from my SM-N960W using TowForce mobile app
  29. 4 points
    Hi All ... I hope you’re healthy and safe under the circumstances. I wish to share a quick lifes' lesson with you regarding the present tense of this virus situation and how a simple act of kindness has potential of deadly results. Christine and I reside in a rough and rural part of Southern California known for a high-level of violent crimes. And, where we live, there are a few houses occupied by elderly neighbors. With governmental restrictions coming from everywhere, like you, we’re hunkered down and surviving on a day to day basis. Thankfully we’re doing fine. We’re really close to our kids, grandkids and many awesome friends who live a few miles away and they’re part of our support system. Yesterday morning, on one of those crappy, rainy days, our granddaughter came by unannounced to deliver a bag of paper towels and groceries. We weren’t expecting anybody. She parked to the right of our entry and knocked on the door. And, because we’re a bit older and slower, it takes a minute or so to get up and see who was there. Christine reached the door first and looked through the peep-hole seeing no-one there. I ordered her to the center of the house where I asked in a commanding voice, “Who’s there?” No answer. I looked through the peep-hole and initially saw nothing. Having years of law enforcement experience behind me, I’m not one to panic, but I did however, grabbed a handgun and headed to the side of the house. From the corner of my eye I saw my granddaughter’s car leaving the top of our road seconds later; my heart was beating from my chest. She simply came to deliver a bag of groceries. The point I make is this … we didn’t know she was coming and our granddaughter didn’t call. I share this as a reminder, NOT to be over-reactive, but to remind you to stay connected by phone if you’re that person delivering groceries, coming to someone’s house, or helping support your neighbors. On the other-hand, if you’re the one at home, remember, when someone isn’t expected and you haven’t spoken to anyone, there’s a dangerous possibility of accidental confrontation when fear of a home-invasion robbery takes-over. You’ve seen the stupidity of what’s going happen when panic and paranoia takes over. Don’t think for a second that it can’t happen to you? Please instruct your people to CALL before coming over. If there’s no answer at the door, leave a message … don’t just show up. If you knock on the door or ring the bell, stay in-view and be sure to announce yourself. While the purpose of someone’s visit is neighborly, necessary and welcome, not knowing and feeling threatened are two deadly factors that create accidental consequences. This message isn’t about shopping for bad-guys, but, being intuitive to know there’s a difference between a friendly grocery delivery and that of being robbed, especially when you live at the end of a rural, dead-end road. Be sure to communicate with your people and always know what to expect OK? It’s been years since I’ve armed myself and going into that defensive mode … yesterday’s morning situation put me on high-alert. But, on the lighter side, I thanked my granddaughter for thinking of us and that I’ll never forget my reaction. So, now, whenever I wash my hands or wipe my backside, I’ll think of her. We both had a good laugh. R.
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points

    Getting closer !

    I've been putting this GMC COE, Holmes Heavy Duty model W35 together for a few years. I've made a lot of progress lately. Just need to install the rear fenders, on the service body, and we'll be ready for this Summer's Cruise Ins.
  32. 4 points
    April 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm Members of the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association -- in an effort headed by Bill Monk -- worked for years to make Saturday’s placement of a HU 1B Huey helicopter a part of the Vietnam War display at Patriot’s Park near Noccalula Falls Park. The helicopter was acquired and moved last year to the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport while a display pad was prepared for it, and arrangements were made to move it to the park. Bill Monk of the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association, and personnel from Kelton and Hare Wrecker service helped haul the Helicopter from the Airport to Patriots Park on Friday, only to find they’d have to wait. [Donna Thornton/The Gadsden Times] Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association member Ben Reed said Saturday it only took 20 years to get bring a mechanized veteran of the Vietnam War to Patriots Park. He gave the credit for Saturday’s placement of the UH 1B Huey helicopter to GEPA member Bill Monk. Monk said it took two years of working in earnest to get bring this addition to the park near Noccalula Falls. The helicopter was placed on a display pad at Patriots Park Saturday — the end of its long journey that included stops at about eight locations in the U.S., Vietnam and at Fort Rucker, Monk said. Moving the helicopter from Northeast Alabama Regional Airport where it’s been housed was a challenge. Monk said part of the wait was for the pad to be built at Patriots Park and part was to have the means to move it. Jamie Kelton, owner of Kelton Wrecker Service The effort to move the helicopter started Friday, when Kelton and his crew brought the wrecker out with a remotely controlled arm to lift the helicopter so it could be moved. As they prepared to lift the helicopter, Kelton said, Chad Hare of Hare Wrecker, who was scouting possible routes to the park had questions about the height of the chopper, and whether it, when placed on the transport trailer, safely would go under power lines and traffic signals. “We got scared yesterday,” Kelton said Saturday morning, but they were able to bring in ER Towing’s lower-bed trailer to move the helicopter and safely made it under all overhead obstructions. At the falls, Kelton’s wrecker and the truck hauling the helicopter carefully were positioned near the pad, so that cables could be attached the arm raisded to lift the helicopter to the pad. The helicopter now will be part of Patriot Park’s display, along with munitions from the conflict that will be displayed nearby. The Huey was built in 1962 — one of only 710 of that model. Monk said after the association acquired the helicopter, the transmission cowling was lost in transport, and finding a replacement was a chore with the relatively small number of the helicopters made. Monk said that cowling is a slightly different color that the rest of the helicopter. It was white when he got it and he had to paint it. The association took care to have the helicopter repaired and restored as accurately as possible. Most people wouldn’t know the difference, Monk said, but some helicopter person, he said, would be able to tell. After the helicopter was in place, association members hoped to move a large propeller from one side of the park to the other, as they continue to enhance the park as a memorial to all service people, from all the nation’s conflicts. MORE IMAGES https://www.gadsdentimes.com/photogallery/DA/20200404/PHOTOGALLERY/404009999/PH/1 https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20200404/helicopter-now-part-of-patriots-park-display
  33. 4 points
    Last night I was sitting in the living room, talking to my wife about life.. In-between, we talked about the idea of living or dying. i told her : Never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the contraptions that are keeping me alive, I'd much rather die'. My Wife got up from the sofa with this real look of admiration towards me & proceeded to disconnect the Cable tv, & DVD, then the Computer, the Cell Phone, the iPod, and the Xbox, and then went to the bar and threw away all my whisky, rum, gin, vodka & the beer from the fridge... I ALMOST DIED!! SO, I BETTER BEHAVE CAUSE WITHOUT THOSE THINGS LIFE WITH HER IS GOING TO BE EVEN HARDER...
  34. 4 points

    Re: Pumping You Up

    In the grand scheme of things, I’m looking at this whole virus mess through optimistic eyes. From yesterday's quick dump of rain and a magnificent rainbow, I’m inspired to share these as words of encouragement amidst all the crap, rumors and false news going around. I’m amazed at how fast, “bullshit travels”, from one end of our small community to the other. But, that aside, I’m trying to stay positive while these emergency actions go forward. It’s my prayer that social distancing will meet its curve where life and business (as we know it) will return to its normal state. For 12-years, America’s way of life was disrupted by the Great Depression where the economy went into a proverbial tail-spin. Fueled by community panic and paranoia, the masses flooded banks and financial institutions only to bring the economy to a screeching halt. President Franklin Roosevelt pleaded with the American people that their fears was causing extreme damage overall, and said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” President Jefferson's speech didn't discuss the amassing of toilet paper of hoarding of sanitizers, but relayed a stron message of calm that needed to be heard. As a pragmamtic professional myself, I believe Jefferson's message helped to return calm and sanity to Americans in the light of adversity. While my immediate family is effected too, we’re simply taking time to love, care, and uplift each other. We’re finding ways to help our neighbors (where we can), and most importantly, we’re together in a survival mode where we’re not panicked. To all of you, just know that this, like any cold, flu, virus, or medical condition that’s come and gone before, optimistically, it will pass in its time. Do what you can that’s in your family’s best interests and yours. Stay positive and face each day with a sense of calm and readiness. I know that’s hard to accept because I’m not in your shoes, but, as Christian author, Tim Hansel, wrote, “Ya’ gotta’ keep dancin.” If ya’ need ta’ talk … “I’m here to pump you up.” Simply jot me an Email at rreschran@gmail.com or leave one here on TowForce. R.
  35. 4 points
    Let me preface this saying that we don't have any dedicated truck for this task, if you are speaking about a truck with a crash attenuator or something of the sort. But we do equip all of our trucks for traffic control purposes and use them at scenes for the pure purpose of blocking/traffic control with no other duty assigned. All of our operators have national TIM training certificates. Billed as traffic control at $150 /hr. Yes, as the highway patrol and DOT resources are limited especially during inclement weather events, this allows them to leave the scene and respond to other calls while we provide our own traffic control. If requested. We have a large amount of traffic control devices, cones, signs, ect, available for other companies in the area if they desire. There will always be push back for any service provided. You just have to sell it to them as a safety item and stand your ground. Would you rather be paying for a funeral or a blocker truck?
  36. 4 points

    Re: SDMO Court-Case Conversation

    I wanted to present these FYI comments that have to do with court-case conversation regarding slow-down move-over and the (acceptable) use of emergency lighting. In a recent deposition, attorneys bantered back and forth about what was considered an emergency when referring to highway shoulders versus slow-down move-over considerations? When asked for my opinion, I responded by clearly stating, "Anything stoppped, parked, or otherwide blocking the free and clear movement of vehicular traffic that's parked or displaced on a highway's shoulder, gore point, or center divider ... that's an emergency." I was then asked, "If a car was out of gas, did that present any kind of emergency?" It was easy for me to repeat what I had just said, BEFORE they started to confuse, reverse and mis-state my testimony. They spent the next 20-minutes trying to disect and destroy my statement. But, even with their bright lights, rubber hoses and anticipated trickery, I stood fast by my statements that they're called emergency shoulders for obvious reasons. I spoke to the importance that tow trucks must have a stationary presence of being parked with over-head emergency lighting activated and in-action. I was sure to include fatality statistics I've been recording as a means to show why any event on a highway is a dangerous event. So ... after three nearly wasted-hours, the deposition concluded. If you (as a tow professional) go to court for anything relating to SDMO, it's important to understand the reasoning and the letter of your state's SMDO law.
  37. 4 points
    A stripped bolt can cause frustration for any operator. Luckily WreckMaster Lead Instructor Casey Burrows has some tips on how to quickly and efficiently address the issue. Source Link
  38. 4 points
    Very good point! We work with others regularly. A couple years ago we had a panicked call from a mother about her daughter being stranded on I80 near the northeast extension in PA. They wanted us to rush right up to tow the kid home (over 3 hours away). Instead we called EdsTowing through this board and they had someone out to the car within 30 minutes, towed it to their shop and got the car fixed. Im sure the repair bill was less than I would have charged to tow that customer home. In the end I was happy as I didnt have to take a 6 hour drive, and the kid was off the road and safe within 30 minutes, the mom could stop worrying and Eds took care of the customer. It was a win for everyone. @EdsTowing
  39. 4 points
    As a side-note to all of these great comments, I read in this morning news of a Minnestoa recovery involving a pickup truck that skidded off a bridge and landed upside down on a set of railroad tracks. A rotator and its single operator worked the recovery; cones out, cop is positioned as blocker and working from the non-traffic side. From the news article, there was reference to the, "tow truck", that I can't remember ever seeing as it referred specifically to the actions of the tow company. The wording said ... "It took officials about two hours to clear the scene. Professionals used a tow truck to remove the car from the tracks." With all the crap and horror going on in the tow world, I felt really proud to hear and read that someone recognized the actions and talent of a tow operator. The statement is short and sweet, but sends a solid message to those prime time news watchers. I don't know the tow operator's name or the company that responded, but kudo's none-the-less ... another professional simply doing what he does best. These are the kinds of news accounts that standards and professional leads to .... "Recognition." R. https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/01/28/state-patrol-2-injured-after-vehicle-spins-out-goes-off-bridge-and-lands-on-railroad-tracks/
  40. 4 points

    'We risk our lives daily:'

    Goodmichael, this situation disturbs me greatly. Not with you but rather with the lack of respect shown by law enforcement for your well being. How much longer would the highway been closed had something tragic happen and you were struck by a passing motorist? In many states the fire and ems take the lanes as needed, in fact it is part of the NFPA standards for workplace safety! (NFPA 1500 9.4 blocking) So what this officer said, in not so many words, is as a tower you are less important than the responding fire and rescue personnel. I see why you were upset and walked away. I commend you and do not think it was unprofessional to refuse to place yourself in harms way if you, in your best professional judgement, determined it was unsafe to proceed without a lane closed. Obviously there is a risk to your relationship and possible contractual penalties for refusing a police call, but it is a better alternative than not being alive to serve another day. It is crazy, and not picking on Randy but rather his home state of California, where the highway patrol has made national headlines in the past for arresting responding rescue personnel when they are simply following NFPA standards and Department procedure to secure their work area. Again, this needs to be addressed in a uniform manner nationwide to allow for towers to create a safe work zone with standard traffic control procedures to protect the other roadway users and provide proper advance warning.
  41. 4 points

    'We risk our lives daily:'

    Randy, two attributes of your response stick out. One: Move over laws are just one component to operator safety. The slow down move over law does little to nothing to protect you. It is a penny piece of paper with a pennies worth of ink. Most people do not even know it exists! And it will not do anything to protect you from an impaired driver. Two: The hard hitting reality demands that we towers are vigilant to our own personal safety. I have to ask, when was the last time that you, as a professional driver/operator refused service to a client due to scene being unsafe? You just looked at it from a distance and said "hell no, I aint dying for Geico!" You may have changed your strategy, but you made a conscious decision to abort the mission. I had an incident a months ago where I requested that a State Trooper temporarilygive me another lane. He flatly refused. I proceeded to load up my equipment. As I was walking to the cab he approached me and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was leaving get someone else. I further informed him that I was not asking him for a lane, I was telling him that I needed a lane to safely do my job. It got pretty heated. I left the scene. The result was that we had a meeting with the supervisors and got things ironed out. When you are on a scene, you control and dictate the scene. Law enforcement, after they have done their measurements and inventories of property surrender the scene to you. They are then your supporting cast. They do not tell you how to do your job. And if they are not willing to do all humanly possible to ensure that, you need to do what you need to do to survive another day.
  42. 4 points
    I think that a roadside safety summit that includes tenured members of this industry who are safety minded, because they will be the ones who will be tasked to develop and present industry standards, law enforcement, because they will be effected by and will need to adjust to new procedures, motor clubs, because they are no longer going to be getting a free ride. Their costs will be increasing dramatically, vehicle manufacturers, as they might wish to get their engineers on board to make vehicles tow friendly. God knows they are not technician friendly, insurance companies, both who mitigate losses to the industry as well as losses to the public at large, as your costs are going to increase, representatives of the media. as they can spread the word that you as a member of the motoring public are going to be paying more for roadside assistance so it will behoove you to maintain your vehicle to the high standard and regard you give your smart phone. And tell them, demand from them, not ask for permission, that our goal is to reduce roadside fatalities and catastrophic injuries to operators. And outline the increased costs of operation.
  43. 4 points

    Tower Down - 11.29.19 (FL)

    Our thoughts and prayers go out. I do believe that this board has made a difference, at least to me. I do a lot of things differently out on the road because of what I have seen and learned here. I hope that some will see what can be done to increase safety and add to the daily routine. When I started doing this 30 some years ago traffic was not near as fast or as heavy.
  44. 4 points
    We're never too far from an American flag, in fact the first picture here is our t shirt design but I had them add a bigger flag. We participate in both the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades each year with our flags flying high and proud. *Edited to add this year's 4th of July parade photo
  45. 4 points
    Randall, it's not the "we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings" attitude. It's the "it's never going to happen to me" attitude. If you can tell me what miracle it will take to wake these individuals in the industry up, then I will gladly help promote it. You do realize less the .5 percent of the industry can tell you how many tow operators have loss their lives roadside this year. I estimate that Less than 4% know there was a Tow Op killed this past Friday and as long as it doesn't effect them. They're Good...
  46. 4 points

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  47. 4 points

    Updating The Support Trucks....

    My shop truck was looking a little tattered from a rough winter so we figured we would run it through our body shop for a new "suite" and then put our new logo on it... She came out pretty nice for a 300,000mi truck! Then off to the wrap shop.... I was happy with the results. My team did a good job on her & she's ready for another 10 years of service.
  48. 4 points
    This is the end result of almost 22 years of a painfully slow restoration.....and now is almost complete ......it still needs all the detailed pinstriping done and few other small items my sincere thanks go to Richard Kauff and the Autocar historic society for the registration and manufacturing information and technical help and advice ...... Pendell Towing and Kramers Towing for allowing me to clamber over their Autocars and take photographs of their superb trucks ... I have so far taken it to a few shows and have worked it in the show arena doing demonstrations of rolling trucks and busses over and uprighting ....all worked well No hydraulics and no electronics here ! But I worked muscles I forgot I had..... John ?
  49. 4 points
    Well with all do respect, it's my opinion that this procedure was done incorrectly. I don't mean this as a criticism but would like to reflect on a couple of things. First off you came up with the 30k casualty had 50 some thousand lbs of resistance but chose to do the job with 1 single line? It sounded as if you were making an educated decision in the video but in reality it would of been dangerous. Fortunately I think your calculations were off a little but regardless you drug a 72,000 lb wrecker backwards & kept pulling? You added more resistance to accomplish the job but kept the same rigging & increased the line load. That's a mistake that you need to understand because it can kill you. You could of easily pulled the steer axle out, broke the chain, ripped the drive axle loose...just to name a few. You have a massive wrecker there so you need to respect the line loads & rigging used. Second...whenever possible recover what is stuck. The left rear axle was buried - that's where you want to concentrate your efforts. A wrap around the tailgate to the right side would of lifted the left side out of the hole...eliminating nearly all of your resistance. Now that could of been done from the same position & pull out 150' of rope...and single line would of been acceptable since I think you would of been pulling around 20-23k. Or just back that single axle in and set up along side of the dump, that was plenty big enough to sit still & do the job. No need to pull the front, it's not stuck. This procedure would of been a lot easier on the casualty as well since you're not putting so much load on the suspension....a lot less of a mess to clean up as well. If you want cool pics, back the Tator in, swing the boom over the tailgate for a vertical lift & use the drag winch for forward motion. It would add visual drama to the pictures & justify all that iron on scene. Just a thought. You were right though...it was a lesson in resistance. Just please be careful out there when dealing with it.
  50. 4 points
    Jeff, If your driver is involved in a crash that is determined to be his fault, and he is tested for alcohol or narcotics as a routine part of the investigation, and is determined to be positive, how does that reflect your attempt at due diligence to promote operators who are safe? The drivers you hire agree to the terms, rules and conditions of your company. You have every right and all the more responsibility to ensure that your staff is operating in a safe manner. Your company, your standards, your rules. If you do not like it go work somewhere else. Far too many companies in this industry have a seat for any ass with a drivers license and a pulse. Far too many ignore alcohol as well as drug abuse simply in order to get the job done. Before any one gets their shorts in a bind, if you are doing the right thing, I am not addressing you. If you are doing a good job, great, no, outstanding. If you are one of the owners, managers, or so called leaders that looks the other way when alcohol and or drug abuse is concerned, then I am directing my concerns toward you. When you send a particular driver you are absolutely certain will test clean for random UA's because you are reasonably certain others will be positive, when you look the other way when a driver is observed to reek of alcohol or weed, or when you get multiple reports, even from law enforcement, and when you find roaches or syringes in YOUR vehicles and continue to look the other way, then you have no standards for your staff. For your second question, one has to constantly be on the hunt for the perfect candidate. I once worked at a company who hired a guy who would not work Sundays due to church as well as the desire to spend time with his family. For 144 hours a week he was the perfect employee. Customers and clients loved him and would request him by name. Just because a person cannot commit 168 hours of the week to your business, does not necessarily rule them out as an ideal fit for your company. There is a young man who works at a local grocery store who I have attempted to recruit for some time. We are currently very close to a deal, but not quite there. I have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, as well as visible tattoos. It is my policy. It is also my company, investment, blood, sweat, and tears. If you do not like it, then roll up all of your nickels, dimes, and quarters and start your own company. Then you can smoke weed, drink beer, and get tattoos all over your face. It is your company to do so as you please. My company, my standards, my rules.
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