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  1. 5 points
    Njsss

    Newest Addition

  2. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  3. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  4. 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 ?
  5. 3 points
    TowZone

    6000 Member in only 120 Days

    With the exit of AWDirect from the Towing Information Network after more than 14 years as a Tow411 Sponsor. I needed to find another “Major Sponsor” to support our network. While attending the NTEA Work Truck Show last week it just happened a “Well Known Company” offered to add their support and participation as a Platinum Sponsor on the New Force in the Industry. They had only one requirement and that was, we must double our membership within 120 days. At that time we had just reached a goal of more than 3000 members in 15 months. The next goal was set at 6000 members by the end of 2019. To do this in 4 months is nearly impossible as it will take 25 new members each day. This “Well Known Company” set the bar high, but that is nothing for an Industry that in general sets the bar high every day. If your not already a TowForce.net member will you register today and get us closer to this nearly impossible goal. Is it possible, yes however it would take everyone that watches this message board to join. You can join using various methods, there is no cost to join. DAY 1 - 58 New Members - Day 2 - 41 New Members - Day 3 - 20 New Members - Day 4 - 7 New Members - Day 5 - 6 New Members - Day 6 - 7 New Members - Day 7 - 2 New Members - Day 8 - 7 New Members - Day 9 - 7 New Members - DAY 10 - 4 New Members - Day 11 - 11 New Members - Day 12 - 5 New Members - Day 13 - 7 New Members - Day 14 - 10 New Members - Day 15 - 6 New Members - Day 16 - 8 New Members - Day 17 - 5 New Members - Day 18 - 5 New Members - Day 19 - 4 New Members - Day 20 - 7 New Members - Day 21 - 9 New Members - Day 22 - 5 New Members - Day 23 - 0 New Members - Day 24 - 17 New Members - Day 25 - 3 New Members - Day 26 - 2 New Members - Day 27 - 2 New Members - Day 28 - 4 New Members - Day 29 - 16 New Members - Day 30 - 3 New Members - Day 31 - 6 New Members - Day 32 - 13 New Members - Day 33 - 4 New Members - Day 34 - 5 New Members - Day 35 - 6 New Members - Day 36 - 5 New Members - Day 37 - 2 New Members - Day 38 - 5 New Members - Day 39 - 7 New Members - Day 40 - 27 New Members - Day 41 - 4 New Members - Day 42 - 0 New Members - Day 43 - 4 New Members - Day 42 - 1 New Member - Day 43 - 3 New Members - Day 44 - 15 New Members - Day 45 - 1 New Member - Day 46 - 6 New Members - Day 47 - 3 New Members - Day 48 - 4 New Members - Day 49 - 2 New Members - Day 50 - 2 New Members - 410 Current Count 3386 Members Average 8.2 a day - Short 17 Members a day.
  6. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Annnnd Another Rollover...

    Jeez 3 rollovers this weekend...all with clean ups too! This one tumble rolled in a private community w/ 25 mph speed limits... She said she swerved because a Goffer ran across the road... They cleaned up the roadway and told the Officer we would be back in the daylight to do a proper clean up.... Destroyed a new Journey...Customer called me to ask if it was driveable? I asked weren't you in it & she said yes....No...No it's not driveable...
  7. 3 points
    As of recent, i think both of us thought the days where over, but here we are. Nothing has been more enjoyable than teaching with this guy, Jeff Martin We at times argue like brothers over class logistics and stuff, but you folks see the end result. Add the other folks and we have a great time. Nobody, I'd rather have by my side. Love ya brother
  8. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Another Rollover...

    Customer trying to avoid a stopped car & ran off the road. It hit a stone wall & flipped over... A nice "quicky" in & out job...
  9. 3 points
    BigBlonde

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  10. 3 points
    ttroseledge

    Progress on 70 Ton Rotator

    There's a lot of red to get rid of, new body and front boxes taking shape, new proportional remote, adding 35k D P 2 speed drag winch and rear 3 stage outriggers. Thanks to TJ ,Jay , and ,Bill Wong UPDATED: More progress shots on 70 ton dewalt, new sides taking shape, unit sanded, braces added to boom base, all new hoses in place, additional valve section installed in valve body, ready to add 35k 2 speed drag winch, new proportional remote ordered.
  11. 3 points
    Randall Resch, Alpine CA. - Operations Editor, American Towman Magazine, retired police officer San Diego Police Department, and Senior Off-Road Recovery Engineer, Naval Special Warfare since 1967. Thanks Ron and Chris for providing the Number one forum that brings towers together.
  12. 3 points
    I'll have to get a pic of it tomorrow George. We took their unit and welded a receiver tube on it. Now we have a pintle hook adapter and a 3 way ball assembly. We also install a factory ford trailer plug in the rear. It makes for a clean install for a 4 wire & 6 wire plugs. She got her new suit on today... I think it looks good....
  13. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    Well Ron you're right...no yellow trucks but they were there in spirit! I owe a lot to those people and Big Wheel changed the way I do things literally the day after my 1st class.... nearly 10 years ago. And when I presented my invoice to a typically difficult insurance company, they didn't have a single complaint. My connections made back then have & will continue my business's prosperity for years to come as well as friendships that are priceless. Stuart you're right...I was dreading these rolls as soon as I found out. I knew if I was to drag them out the back and load them on a trailer or carriers, they would be junk for sure. To make matters worse, they have a small hole (7/8") in the middle so rigging to them could be tricky... I knew it would be difficult to lift that dead weight in such a confined area but handling them was potentially dangerous . Like John said, I was concerned that they would move around when the trailer dropped and @ 6000 lbs each...they can make a difference! Wet set it pretty easily, I think I have a video of it...a slight bounce but not much drama. The rolls were damaged some but from their initial movement. They decided to scrap the load in the end so it is what it is. Thanks Randall. We were taxing the Tator pretty good so I decided to add my second line off a block to the drives just in case. It turned up to be a good idea because it was starting to stall the auxiliary winches and the main boom winches were getting the outriggers "Light". A lot of guys really push them but I don't know this truck well enough to exceed the platform. That added line made the difference though to get the initial lift to start & then from there it was like text book. Thanks for all the comments.
  14. 3 points
    goodmichael

    Just a suggestion

    I have a suggestion that I believe could promote a safer work environment for all that read this forum. Would it be possible to start a forum entitled, "Today I made an attempt to be a safer operator by...… This will allow those people who practice safety and proper procedure to share their experience, knowledge, education, and training. One of the suggestions just might prompt someone out there somewhere, to do something different, to put another tool in their mental toolbox, to zig where they normally would have zagged. Who knows, just one person implementing a safe practice or procedure could save someone, somewhere from getting seriously injured, or from someone from having to make that phone call everyone knows that they might have to make, but cringes at the thought of having to make the call.
  15. 3 points
    Here's sad news of a tow operator fatality that occured early this morning making this the first fatality of 2019. According to the news, tow operator, Pat Sisneros, of Madrid Towing, was struck and killed as he attempted to assist a NM state police officer. According to State Police, a semi-truck crashed into a State Police vehicle just before 1 a.m. Police say Pat Sisneros stopped to assist the officer when another semi collided into Sisneros' tow truck, killing him. All lanes on I40 Eastbound MM 157 were closed due to the motor vehicle accident involving the second semi-truck. It was also reported that 20-degree temperatures caused lanes to be were extremely icy. Details are few and an investigation is being on-going. My prayers are with the Sisneros' family and the company Pat worked for. https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-roads-slick-and-dangerous/5196197/
  16. 3 points
    While this is not the time for such discussion, it must be discussed before an action plan can be put it place. "My gut feeling is the electronic logging mandate, although artificially, has placed increased pressure on drivers to "push through" because of that set in stone digital clock staring them in the face." I have been hearing this louder and louder that because of the ELD. The dispatchers are pushing the drivers harder. One trucker stated he is one of the few English speaking drivers in the company and he has to routinely tell the person is is speaking with the speak English and to text in English. So, drivers are now be pushed harder. Wasn't that what the CDL and ELD was suppose to stop?
  17. 3 points
    We are entering the apex of the Christmas season this weekend. Colleges are completing final semester exams this week. I have one tomorrow, my last one, thank you God. Many will begin to drink as well as use illegal drugs under the guise of "celebrating." Please be extra cognizant in every step of every process you complete to limit the time you are in harms way. It is not a race, nothing you do is worth risking your life in order to save a few seconds. Your family needs you, your community needs you, and this industry, despite all of it's issues, needs you as well. Each and every one of you is a valuable resource to those close to you. There is no tire, or vehicle for that matter that is worth you risking your health, well being, or life over. that car or tire can be easily replaced, you can not be! I hope every one of you has a blessed, safe, and meaningful Christmas as well as a bountiful 2019. I personally have had a rough 2018, and am ready to close the chapter and look forward to a great 2019.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    annettemcd

    2018 Motor Club Ranking

    1. Geico --pleasant dispatchers who really seems to care about motorists, fast payment, easy invoice submission, decent rates 2. AAA (NCNU) --When we were part of MountainWestAAA and that was great, now it is Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming and nothing is the same. 3. Agero --commonly confused about location and destination (a common one has been closed for 6 years), complex procedure for requesting extras, short pays not uncommon, poor communication, commonly lies to us and to motorists about the covered distance. Only 6 jobs so far this year with any other motor club.
  20. 3 points
    A Sneak Peak at the of Monsters that Metro Tow Trucks will have at the American Towman Exposition, this month. Hope to see and meet you there, This should be our Biggest year ever, Thank You all for the support!
  21. 3 points
    Dat1

    Rolls Royce Phantom

  22. 3 points
    Rigged a semi for a reverse roll .... using 1 medium duty wrecker one winch triple rigged to lift and one winch single line to restrain Nick Ovenden preparing to operate the 30 ton / metre knuckleboom crane the latest 3 axle accident unit based on a Mercedes chassis 8 ton payload on the platform note the PPE Preparing the Century Rotator for a spreader bar lift .....
  23. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Three Wheel Action Challenger

    You did a fine job...I have no problems with it. I carry a rubber mat in my 650 for laying under vehicles pulling driveshafts. I also use it on the deck to set pieces like this if needed. I use it all the time when I take the shoes off the wheel lift to use forks. So now if you want some constructive criticism...(and maybe you don't?)...the only problem was dropping it in the customer's driveway. A late model vehicle like that w/ full coverage...I would make every effort to take that to my shop and put it through insurance. That car has maybe 5 grand in damage and it will certainly go through insurance for repairs. Sell the job! Tell them it can go to whatever body shop they like in the morning. Do whatever you can make the decision easy for them. Take them home, get them a rental...whatever you can do. Just add any time to the invoice. I have set up limo or Car service for customers trying to get home to a distant location. You could double the value in that job over taking it home. Just an observance...if it was possible.
  24. 2 points
    someotherplace

    Stuck In Park, 4WD & Park Brake

    Yep, no more disconnecting linkage on RAM trucks since 2011-2012 I think. They *look* like you can disconnect it but you can't shift, as you discovered. And, on Mopar fullsize cars since 2008. BUT, there is a release inside the vehicle on most. I usually don't mess with them being full-time PPI as I do not have keys. However if you're on a consent tow there is a release cord inside the cars console, and on the trucks I believe it's to the left of the column in the dash after you pop a panel off. Richard
  25. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise....

    Got home from the Florida show yesterday & my son surprised me with a new truck! Two of my grandkids explained all of the technology & how stuff works.... Oh and "Dallas" waiting to go for a ride. My wife & I are blessed with great kids & grandchildren....
  26. 2 points
    Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it. TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America Tow411 - "Towing Information Network" Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
  27. 2 points
    ESC

    Recover This -

    This one is in the water..... assuming it at least has liability coverage on it, it would be a pretty easy one to get paid on. Personally, I would call in a friend with a rotator and have them set it on my bed. I would also make sure to have some absorbent pads and booms ready to absorb any fluids out of the water. Lots of pictures.
  28. 2 points
    Littletow

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I and APTRA will be there in full force! Stop by our booth!
  29. 2 points
    Still here🇬🇧🇬🇧
  30. 2 points
    So many reading and this new system only registers logged in member views. If you're a regular lurker registering has never been easier. Do It Now! Please Doing so will get TowForce closer to a A New Platinum Sponsor that will participate. However, if we cannot reach the 6000 members by June 11th, we prove them right. The Towing & Recovery Industry is just too small of a market for them to expand into. This potential new sponsor wants to get you to their website as they introduce new products. The have also agreed to post in the General Equipment forum with the goal of having a dedicated forum. The traffic is here, we just need to get the numbers up. That means both membership and topic participation. The message board had good traffic even after it broke. However, it became like "Read Only". Do not let this community go in that direction. Thanks, Now Reply to the Roll Call.
  31. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Busy Beaver....

    Been running my butt off the last week....Here's some of the Heavy work.... Swap to NY... Had to get this guy from Philadelphia... Pete to the dealer for a De-rate issue... Loaded Garbage Packer for a De-rate issue back to our shop for repairs... Mack had the Centrifuge Oil Filter blow off the engine...Made a pretty big mess... I need some rest....
  32. 2 points
    Charles Duke from American Towman and Tow Industry Week is right here with all of you!!!
  33. 2 points
    I am here ….Loud and clear Congratulations Ron and Chris for Towforce Tow 411..... a rebirth of Tow 411... and reaching 3000 members …..roll on 4000 !! Without doubt this is the finest towing forum there is. Keep up the good work guys... It is a constant source of information, knowledge, ideas and showcase of other operators vehicles and equipment big and small, Long may it continue.... it would be really good to see some more archives of the old 411 if possible... Been in the Recovery and Towing industry in the UK for over 57 years.... Received Light recovery, Heavy recovery, Advanced Heavy recovery and Air cushion, Rotator, Slewing crane, Tracked Plant, lorry loader Crane, Major incident management, Training and Certification from the Institute of Vehicle Recovery, Road Transport Industry Training Board, ITTSAAR Training bodies, Nick Ovenden, Ron Grice, etc ……………..Oh....and the school of hard knocks. John.
  34. 2 points
    Chuckud

    Uniform/Equipment

    One more thing..a waterproof mat or a plastic sled are invaluable to kneel on or lay on while hooking up. The sled is also great for moving my gear on during recoveries. I never leave the shop without my sled. . Sent from my SM-N920V using TowForce mobile app
  35. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Plow Trucks....

    F450 Plow truck, loaded...Just too much for our rollback. Sent a 2nd truck to haul the plow back to the customer's shop.
  36. 2 points
    Lately I am running into more and more 12 point 3/8 drive line bolts that the heads are rounded off before I start to remove them. I found instead of trying a chisel or vice grips, I smash the edge of the bolt head with a hammer and then hammer the socket on and usually that gets them off without the socket spinning on the bolt head. Just a tip I thought I would share.
  37. 2 points
    We were called one of our customers to pick up a limo that was on it's way out of Atlantic City when it overheated. I towed it back to a shop that deals exclusively with limos, a nice 45 mile ride. As it turns out, one of the passengers was a guy I know who's a state police dispatcher and also tows for a company about 20 miles away from us. I guess it really is a small world. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-T337A using Tapatalk
  38. 2 points
    Funny as hell but joking aside, it might have saved them from a big ticket and costly environmental cleanup, depending on area. Maybe that dispatcher's previous region was California, Richard
  39. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    MD Recovery On Rack Body Truck

    Got a call for a tank delivery truck stuck in the mud. I thought it was going for the F550 but realized different when I pulled on scene... So the 1st thing I had to say was "Do you realize it has rained steady for 2 days which melted all the snow?" This was obviously a bad idea... When they got this truck, I saw that winch & thought they would get themselves in trouble with that. They winched themselves forward and just got deeper... Backed in & set up on an exposed root that I figured would help me from sinking. 2 part line to the heavy crossmember of the lift gate assembly. Pulled it to me & out of the deep holes. Truck was lame & still couldn't move. So I pulled ahead and set my block on a tree to get it closer. Then strait lined it to the edge if the driveway.
  40. 2 points
    Another Metro Tow Trucks RTR50SL Getting Ready to Head to South Africa [emoji1221]! The Best Value on the Market Penetrating Markets World Wide[emoji288]! Metro's versatile RTR-50, designed for heavy duty, reaches the perfect balance between size and capacity. With the 360° continuous motion and the sliding option this unit can reach and lift in any situation you will encounter! For more information please don't hesitate to contact us directly at 1-613-862-1625 or toll free at 1-866-924-1675. Thanks Al Sent from my SM-N960W using Tapatalk
  41. 2 points
    With Halloween behind us, it is once again that time of the year, the holidays are here! Please make it your number one priority to go home each and everyday to your family and loved ones. They need you. Safety begins well before the beginning of your shift. Do all that you can to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy wholesome foods. This will afford you the opportunity to stay alert to and responsive to the many dangers that are inherent to this profession, and are exponentially magnified during the holidays. Make a cognizant effort to not place yourself in a situation where you are rushed while performing routine tasks. Most injuries sustained by workers in this profession are injured while completing routine tasks. It only takes a second of inattention to be the causation of a catastrophic event. Only you as an operator can minimize or prevent the risk. Take time out to enjoy the season. For me personally, it has been a very bad year, but I am still kicking, and am hopeful that next year will be better. I wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as a great 2019..
  42. 2 points
    A few pictures of the recovery demonstrations ... Demonstrating the winching capabilities of this 4x4 Unimog very popular for severe off road work electricity line work ...rough terrain forestry .....mountain rescue etc fitted with 2 boom winches .....a centre drag winch....and front mounted winch ....the rear hydraulic spades can penetrate deep into the ground...we were pulling a 5 ton truck sideways effortlessly ....we had the wheels chocked front and rear and the spades chocked so as not to damage the tarmac surface of the car park we were on we used a light duty snatcher fitted with the top boom and twin winches to upright a large box van .... We rigged one winch down low through a snatch block directly to the axle .....the other through 3 snatch blocks effecting a two strop pull over the top of the box An easy upright ...
  43. 2 points
    These are a couple of clever devices to move disabled or locked up vehicles in underground or multistorey car parks .....they can either be motorised or electric driven The tracked one can also be used on uneven ground or shingle driveways where it is impossible to use wheel skates they are Very manouverable This is a small part of the range of towing attachments available for the latest range of European cabover trucks and low ground clearance bus and coaches This is a very simple and useful device which bolts on the wheel studs for side pulling especially when there is no substantial frameworkto catch hold of Two long established captains of the industry Roger Dyson (left) Mike Cowan
  44. 2 points
    Earlier this week, I received the magazine, I believe it is called Tow Professional. There was an article on the inside cover where the editor stated that he had interviewed a driver who seemed to be boasting with bravado that he tows vehicles in 112 degree heat with cars whipping by at highway speeds. This attitude as well as total disregard for the risk that you put yourself in, your employers equipment as well as livelihood, the livelihood of your family, the livelihood of your employer as well as your co workers are totally ignored. And most important of all, your family, friends, and loved ones outside the circle of this "job." It is painfully obvious that this industry is unwilling, not incapable, unwilling to raise the bar to ensure the health, safety. and welfare of the front line operators. Many are afraid to spend the extra money that would be required to ensure that operators perform their duties under optimum conditions. It costs money to run a safe operation. If that is reflected in rates, then maybe the mindset of some in this industry, which is that of a prostitute who is only concerned with what the competition is charging, and who are they doing will change. Maybe if safety is the number one focus rather than volume with no regard for profit, and industry standards reflect a safe culture it will be reflected in huge savings in insurance. Insurance rates are reflective of the sloppy, antiquated, cowboy attitude and engrained mindset of this industry. If there were industry wide standards on safe operations, that were collaboratively agreed upon by owners, insurance companies, motor clubs the bleeding and suffering could be slowed down. And maybe the motoring public would get their head out of their ass when they realized that they were going to have to pay some big bucks to have somebody bring them gas on the side of the road, and they will pay closer attention to their gas gauge rather than finger f___ing their smart phone. Maybe people will start paying closer attention to the condition of their fluids, belts, and hoses if they had a copay on their motor club assist. Maybe the motor clubs would stop being the tail that is wagging the dog when nobody will drive twenty miles one way to change a tire for fifty dollars, but instead demand that a blocker vehicle be utilized due to the casualty being on the side of the road and require that it be paid for as part of the incident, rightfully so. If insurance refuses to insure policies for those who fail to abide by industry safe operating standards, they will assist greatly in ridding the industry of parasites, bottom feeders, ticks, whatever you call the bottom of the barrel. And the insurance companies will still net the same returns they currently generate. Chrome does not get you home, you go home by using your dome.
  45. 2 points
    A covered transporter ......specifically designed to discreetly move high value sports cars .....infact this one was built for McLaren sports cars . The one piece low approach ramp hinges up hydraulically and becomes the rear door ....the sliding side doors giving easy access to get in and out of the car and also strap down the wheels... the suspension on the truck is all on air giving a very smooth ride and adjustable ride height
  46. 2 points
    A few examples of heavy wrecker from Boniface engineering and Dave bland engineering
  47. 2 points
    FACT: To fix a problem, one has to recognize there's something's broke. This industry in surely broke and we know, "Why", through years of lessons learned and more than 400-tow operators killed working highway incidents and accidents. The fatality numbers don't lie. And, "Yes", lack of accredited training leads as one component necessary to gain professional recognition. Based on GoodMichael's location and the flag he sports with his title, Texas has TDLR that sets the tone of training and requires all Texas towers obtain state required training on a continuing basis. For what it's worth, I wrote and taught a community college, "tow truck operator safety course", for the Grossmont Community College District in San Diego. To teach that course, I had to hold a valid California Teacher's Certificate. As required by California state, the 64-hour course required the successful completion of competencies of a journeyman/journeywoman operator, in the same manner peace officer standards, paramedics and firefighter courses criteria are written. My college course was supported and promoted by the college, but never gained momentum. After two years, the class was discontinued. The same course was approved by the California Highway Patrol's Tow Service Agreement Advisory Committee (TSAAC) and is approved for instruction to tow companies and their operators serving the highway patrol. Like WreckMaster, ITTR, TRAA, Kenny Kay, CIRTs Bobby Tuttle, Tom Luciano, Wes Wilburn and others, the training is available in varying formats. All of these training programs are exceptional training, but do nothing to standardize our profession like ASE, POST, EMT, paramedic, nursing, and other journeyman, "first responder", trades in the US. (look up the definition of, "Journeyman"). Consideration: Years ago, the CHP attempted a, "standardized test", for rotation tow operators using an on-line format and a 100-question, "Competency", test. A Beta-test was offered to 800-experienced tow operators allowing for 75-percent (minimum) accuracy to pass. When the test results were counted, approximately 32-percent of the Beta test-takers could pass the relatively simple test. That's a POOR representation of an industry not consider academic, but hands-on. Why such poor scores ... towers typically don't read, write, spell or comprehend well, but those poor schoolhouse inabilities are only an excuse of an industry that doesn't hold its clientele to high-standards. I believe that towers taking the test didn't take the test seriously as it was forced upon them. FACT: Towers don't like change and unfortunately take the path of least resistance. And, that includes tow companies being walked all over by insurance companies, claim agents, and law enforcement entities that don't recognize the towing and recovery industry as a professional entity, but more so ... a necessary evil. As far as training goes, the programs are there, but, NOT at any level where certification, education and time-in-grade is recognized by outside interests. So ... I'll throw my friend, Cynthia Martineau, director of TRAA, under the bus here and ask, "How can our industry gain statewide accreditation and national certification that raises the bar of the towing and recovery industry?" The need to reinventing training programs is moving backwards ... what steps can be taken? R.
  48. 2 points
    A waiver is only worth the paper it is printed on if one can substantiate negligence. In this country, anyone can sue another if they feel that they have been harmed or wronged. If a customer jumps out of your truck and face plants, you are in a much more advantageous position if you have a sign explaining three points of contact. Remember, you are an evil business owner, who makes a PROFIT. Shame on you. But, seriously, you as a driver and or as an owner can be sued if a customer is injured exiting the truck. And you can be found liable. Your insurance carrier would probably just settle to put the issue to bed. Never assume that you are not liable. That is a very dangerous mindset to perpetuate.
  49. 2 points
    I hate the government more than anyone, but it seems to be an acceptable fact in this industry, that people are dying in many situations, because they are not implementing basic safety practices. And if getting OSHA involved in this industry prevented one life from being needlessly lost, it would be worth it. It might even assist in getting some of the parasitic towing operations put out of existence as an added benefit. I have often told people that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Think about it for a second. If you are not a good example of proper procedures, do you really believe that your employees will be. Let's start with how many owners require your people to wear PPE on a regular basis. How many of you are aware that you are required to furnish PPE equipment to your employees? If an employee is under a vehicle pulling a driveline, hooking up air, they are supposed to be utilizing eye protection. How many of you provide gloves for use at accident scenes to prevent biological pathogen contamination? How many people have a protocol whereupon an operator is given the autonomy to pull the plug on a situation and say am out of here, this is not safe. At your next safety meeting, bring a set of dice, and pick out an employee. Tell him or her that you want them to keep rolling the dice until he or she rolls an eight. An eight can be a two and a six, two fours, a five and a three. It generally takes about four rolls to get an eight. It is not a matter of how it will occur, it is a matter of when. You eventually will roll an eight. The same goes for a catastrophic event. If you are not proactive it is a matter of when. It will happen.
  50. 2 points
    Wonder if the tow truck business had driven him to drinking????
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