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  1. 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
  2. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  3. 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
  4. 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...
  5. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  6. 3 points
    Orcas Tow

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    I had a call for a Subaru into a house. I arrived on scene to find a Subaru had gone beyond the parking blocks & was resting on the house with the transmission pan on top of a large cinder block. Probably could have used the flatbed but thought it may drag trans pan across cinder block & create a mess, needed lift on both front wheels but that would take 2 wreckers. I'm a small operation on a remote island, so if possible I always try & use what I have on scene. Using my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, twin 9,000 winches with swaged 3/8 wire rope I found a Holmes Tree placed about perfectly on the passenger side of the car for my needs. Using a ladder I choked a 3/8"grade 80- recovery chain/4 ton snatchblock up high on the tree for a high/rearward pull on the passenger side of the Subaru with my drivers side wire rope terminating to a WreckMaster K strap to the passenger front wheel, rigged my passenger side line directly to the Subarus drivers front wheel again terminating with a WreckMaster K strap/4x4 wood block creating clearance for strap to body. Boom up/out high for lift, blocks behind wheels for safety I engaged winches & brought the car back up onto level ground without any further damage to the house or car. Replaced blocks & confirmed no undercarriage damage, happy customer.
  7. 3 points
    Orcas Tow

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Thank you for the kind words, as you know most times we are under some kind of push from Law Enforcement, customer, time/safety to clear or simply the next call pending so we get the job done. Every once in a while I get one that is not time sensitive, am able to document & share for the better of the industry as a whole as you can explain techniques all day long but pictures are worth a thousand words.
  8. 3 points
    Njsss

    F450

  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Pics Say A Thousand Words...

    The Boys were out tonight on the Interstate to bring in a F550 with a Turbo issue. The message board is really worthwhile to keep people moved over if possible.
  11. 3 points
    Hi John ... it's always so very exciting to hear from you across the pond. I hope you and your business are doing well. Thanks for your comments and I personally won't apologize for offending other towers when it comes to ... as you've so eloquently described ... "self-preservation". Perhaps that's one of the reasons why this industry is behind the curve is because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Will towers ever wake up? Highway related fatalities are traced back to 1934 and the same old pig headed mistakes and actions have resulted in literally hundreds of towers killed. And, Like me and you John, I'm pretty sure most towers have their own "struck-by" stories to tell ... some non-preventable. Like the over-use and abuse of amber-light on all the time, perhaps the current feeling is ... "Nah ... it's just another tower killed ... glad it's not me." I guess we've grown numb to the root causes that continue to get tower's killed, but I'm interested in the tower you talked with about no safety vest. At some point John, if you do talk with the company's owner, please share what his reaction were. Best regard. R.
  12. 3 points
    Randall.....that is the most sobering and accurate piece of text I have read in a long time ....you are bang on the money !!! I too in my career have been hit twice, my son Graham had his leg smashed, we had 2 other guys also injured on seperate occasions, both had life changing injuries, Additionally we lost long term employee Terry Booth ......Terry died at the side of a busy road in the middle of the night....witnesses at the inquest testified that his truck was properly positioned with cones out and lit up like a, quote ... "Christmas tree" he had a comprehensive training record with all the regular refreshers ... And STILL it happened !!! The woman driver that hit him was DUI and went to jail ....my point is ...on this occasion all the training he had did not save him .. I whole heartedly agree with your points about self preservation at the roadside ...... Just this morning, on my way to the supermarket , I saw a tow truck at the side of the road half on the kerb and half on the carriageway......apart from the beacons on there was no cones or warning signs displayed the operator had no reflective clothing on, just shorts and tee shirt and worst of all, he was working on the traffic side of the truck ....I stopped and parked my car behind him with the hazard warning lights on....as a bit of warning to other traffic .... I said to the driver, don't you have any hi vis clothing ? Yes he said, I forgot to bring it .. This Tow truck is owned and operated by a very good company and the owner is a long time friend and colleague, he is very pro active with safety and training...he will be furious and dissapointed when I advise him what I saw ...... .your point about macho, testosterone, it wont happen to me ??. Case in point !!! NEVER TAKE THE JOB FOR GRANTED .....NEVER DROP YOUR GUARD . The constant loss of life at the roadside is an absolute tragedy .....but if 1 life can be spared through increased reflectivity, hi visibility clothing, awareness training.... Then it is worthwhile .... Sorry if I have bored or offended any one but , self preservation is the key ...no matter what country or language it is in John.
  13. 3 points
    rreschran

    Tower Down 05.31.19 (CA)

    Right on Brian. But, forget about the costs. Cost shouldn't be a factor in safety and prevention. In all business plans, that should be the first consideration is how to keep a company's employees safe in the work-place. And, that's accomplished by safety, processes and training. We know it ... we see it ... we teach it. But, where is safety lost in translation when tower's can't retain even 10-percent? I'll go out on a limb here to suggest that on-scene safety is the responsibility of each tow company owner. It's each owner's responsibility to make sure towers have the, "mental tools and preparations", before sending their personnel onto the highway. I personally feel the industry has lost it's sense of safety by making bling and monster-tow trucks the priority while safety and survival scrapes the bottom of the proverbial barrel. I evidenced that recently by noting seven, only seven attendees, including you Brian, attend a PTSD seminar versus that of seeing literally hundreds of towers watching a rotator being run through its paces at the same tow show. It's evidenced in these posts where only a handful of personalities have the guts to approach those procedures and processes that get tower's killed. When an industry doesn't care about it's people, its current state will only get worse before it ever gets better. We know the issues, so, what's it take to overcome the lack of safety awareness in a proactive manner? One can't expect to peer down the barrel of a gun with the possibility of being shot in the face right?
  14. 3 points
    We had to rescue this lady the other day who decided a soaking wet farm field was the best place to turn around. Not 500 feet further down the road is an intersection with a nice hard packed dirt spot to turn around, but I guess she couldn't wait that long. Nice easy pull back to solid ground.
  15. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover With Clean Up

    Explorer lost control in the rain on a sharp "S" curve & rolled into the woods.... Lots of glass & debris to clean up... Now the fun starts...Property Damage Liability Claim....
  16. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. 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...
  20. 3 points
    BigBlonde

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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....
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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/
  27. 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?
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
  30. 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.
  31. 2 points
    goodmichael

    Responder Training Program

    We lose people to roadside struck by incidents due to the industry not making safety their number one priority. Safety is an attitude. And safety costs money to perpetuate. We have a poor attitude on safety. We as an industry accept the sixty deaths as a cost of doing business for the year. We then cross our fingers that they will not happen to anyone we know. On the same front, people whine, cry, piss and moan about the cost of their insurance premiums. But nobody, but a select few, has ever raised the fact that if this industry adds protocols to make the industry safe at the cost of the end user, the premiums people pay will be considerably lower, and the sixty deaths might possible be cut to fifteen for the year. We have some outstanding business people in this industry that strive to provide a great, safe workplace for their people. We have a great deal of clueless people who have the assets and ability to acquire equipment but do not have the vision that safety is paramount in this field to survive for the long term. They are concerned, but not concerned enough to take the required steps to ensure a safe workplace. They are more concerned about the loss of business they will encounter if they charge accordingly, and their charges are reflective of a safe workplace. They do not want to hurt their customers feelings, and or are too worried about someone else getting sub par clientele. Then there are the meat grinder people, the bottom of the barrel companies. They could care less about their staff. Fire one hire one is their motto. You all are a piece of work. We also have poor industry leadership that is afraid to step up and call people out for lack of safety. I consider myself fairly informed despite not having a television in my home for four years. I read about fifty books a year on various subjects. Nobody from the manufacturing end , Miller, Jerr Dan, or any of the other CEO's of equipment manufacturers have called for any type of urgency in discussing this issue. Motor clubs have not done so either. Law enforcement has failed as well. I am speaking of at large discussions to address the issues of safety. I hope I made somebody mad. I really do. We as an industry perpetuate an unsafe working environment for our staff by not doing everything we can to ensure that we do all we can do. So to answer your question, so many die because so many more do not care enough to take affirmative action to prevent the deaths.
  32. 2 points
    Orcas Tow

    Bring the small truck he said.

    I got a call for a flatbed C30 in a ditch with roofing material in it, I said what's the weight, he said not much bring the small truck . Nick & I brought the 2001 F550 with a Chevron 408 & found a fully (over) loaded C60 with asphalt roofing backed in the ditch, guess they had difficulty getting it up the hill & backed into the ditch, lucky it didn't roll as it had a hard twist/lean. Guessing at 25,000lbs, good thing we have Holmes trees in the area, scotch blocks chained to rear D rings, drivers winch line low to the tree then a 3 part to the drivers side frame rail for a low pull, passenger side winch line 2 part high from the boom to the passenger side frame rail for an upward pull. Engaged the winches & she came right out.
  33. 2 points
    Orcas Tow

    Narrow Road Recovery

    This recovery is a few years old, I had time to actually take some pic's. We had a weeks worth of snow & high winds, this Suburban was a paramedics personal vehicle that he was using for aid calls as the ambulances were not able to get up many driveways. It rolled 4 times & ended up 75' off the narrow road, the worst injury was a broken arm of the 3 occupants. Thank god for all the trees around here, there always seems to be one in just the right place for an anchor or change of direction, fun stuff
  34. 2 points
    Eddie had this one the other day. Using their "sling" attachment so it was manageable... looks heavy but actually a 4200 w/ a VT365 & it was empty....felt like a typical 1 ton pick up on the back....
  35. 2 points
    Promoted by the Professional Recovery Operator Magazine, The largest annual trade event in the UK dedicated to the Vehicle Towing and Recovery Industry.... returns to the Telford International Centre Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September 2019 for further information, Visit, www.recoverytowshow.co.uk As well as all the very latest Recovery Vehicles from all the main manufacturers, the Tow Show displays a broad selection of the Equipment, Accessories and services that make up the Recovery Industry the 2 day event includes seminars, live recovery displays and one of the highlights.... the Gala Charity Dinner.... the UK industry dress up for an evening of entertainments, presentations and fundraising for the industry charities.
  36. 2 points
    Once again a Tow Operator has been struck and killed working along side the very dangerous roadways. I have taken the comments from the Headlines News Story posted earlier in an effort to keep that report devoted to condolences for the loss. We can debate the issue further and yes we should debate this issue while it is fresh. Keep in mind we awaiting further details surrounding this incident. Here is what we have gathered from the initial reports. This was the drivers second day on the job. It was a Friday evening and the incident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway around 8:15 p.m. Questions needing answers and not speculation: At this time of evening was the sun setting? Where was the Tow Operator standing when struck? One report was the tow truck operator was struck another does not reference the truck being struck. Add your questions show they may be researched. Some lines of thought from the Tower Down Topic in the Headlines and Towlines forum. "We as an industry need to stop working in unprotected work zones. Without signage and lane closures we do not have a chance out here. " "The tow truck driver was in the process of towing a broken down vehicle when his truck was struck by the big rig, logs show." "The move over law is just not out there enough, people don't care ." "This section of California’s I-5, towards Gorman and Lebec, is extremely rural, wide, winding and fast traveled." "at 8:30 in the PM, it’s totally pitch-black with no streetlights." "it possible that this operator may have been working/standing near the white-line side when struck by the semi" "I'll suggest that, all the cones, flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... doesn’t negate the fact that working on or near the white-line side is a dangerous place to be." "when there isn’t available assistance in a rural location, it demands that towers be that much more diligent in their actions when working shoulder events." "I am an advocate for OSHA getting belly deep into this industry and mandating that safe operating procedures be initiated." "We are responsible for our own safety. Even then, sometimes we fail. Plan the safest procedures and then abort the plan of it gets too dangerous "
  37. 2 points
    This very discussion clearly demonstrates why towers will keep being killed simply doing their jobs. This forum reaches hundreds of towers daily, if not thousands, yet it is the same half dozen of us that actually respond in a constructive manner. True, Randy and I have bigger pulpits to broadcast messages from thanks to our other work, but it takes more than a couple of writers and instructors to spread the word about taking charge of your own safety. Sadly, it is not just the towing industry that fails to operate safely. If it were not for the fear of OSHA the construction world would still be losing hundreds of lives needlessly. Even there, where OSHA is a real possibility, many smaller companies still cut corners. It is really only the large jobsite, where the project owner is on top od safety, that procedures get followed routinely. Perhaps that is where we need to go in towing, not OSHA per se, although they are already involved in our industry and actively monitor the news for stories of towers killed so they can investigate. Just follow this link for OSHA inspection data related to the towing industry (SIC Code 488410). OSHA SIC 488410 Inspection Data Our state transportation agencies, the folks that own the highway, need to require and enforce proper traffic control measures for towers. They already do it for construction zones, so why not towers? I will tell you why, because we let it happen to ourselves! We have weak state associations, if we have any at all in most states, and we are so damn concerned about offending the police or the motoring public that we let ourselves be abused by our "customers". I hate to call for more government involvement in our industry, but if we don't do something soon ourselves governmental regulations will be forced upon us. Unfortunately, until it is a regulation or law most towers simply will not pay any mind to safety. To paraphrase what Randy said in reply to my post in the other thread, it is not, or should not be about cost. Life safety comes as a priority regardless of cost. As business owners we need to work in the cost of providing a safe work environment, plus a reasonable profit margin, to every job we do. The public could care less about towers, even my closest friends are absent minded about slow down move over, knowing how it could effect my family if I were struck roadside, they still don't see it as important. Knowing that motorists will not react unless they perceive a need to, defining a work zone and using other protective measures is the only way to keep us safe. I am at the point that I am ready to call for a blocker truck program that is operated on behalf of all towers in a given area, something similar to the HELP or HERO patrol trucks. Funded by a mix of public and private money, it would provide a physical barrier for towers in the most dangerous areas. This could also be a revenue source for towers, provide the proper work zone and invoice for it, not that I am saying revenue is more important than safety, but we do need to find ways to fund safety.
  38. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Lets Lower The Statistics...

    We are sending our Crash Van out on interstate calls where there is a danger factor. Adverse weather, fog & what not...in an attempt to slow people down & move them over. As you can see, it works for the most part...
  39. 2 points
    Njsss

    Close 1 W/Dollies

  40. 2 points
    Battelini Towing

    My Grandfather's Notebook

    This is from when he went to Sweeney Automobile School in Kansas City Missouri in 1918 and the note he wrote on the back cover. Another piece of history we are fortunate to have.
  41. 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....
  42. 2 points
    rreschran

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Headed to Las Vegas teaching 2x seminars for American Towman. Lookin' forward to it. See you there Ron & Chris. R.
  43. 2 points
    Whenever something is being towed, additional securements should always be attached. This doesn’t just apply to wreckers - secondary attachment chains should be attached even hauling a trailer, boat trailer or camper. These chains are there for an obvious reason: to prevent an accident in the event of an attachment failure while towing. But why does WreckMaster insist that the secondary attachments are always crossed? It prevents casualty from veering into traffic Probably the most important information on this list, crossing your chains ensures that the casualty will stay behind your truck in the event of a disconnect from the wheel lift/underrearch. If the chains were parallel and went straight back to the casualty, they would be able to veer and swing freely in both directions and potentially into other vehicles. When the chains are crossed, the casualty is prevented from veering too far in either direction and will instead stay behind the wrecker. NOTE: in the event of a disconnect, be sure to slowly change lanes and reduce speed to avoid the casualty from slamming into the back of the wrecker. It affects turning Secondary attachments can be affected by turning in two ways: You can use the shortest amount of chain and it will make less contact with the ground. If the chains were to be connected parallel and go straight back to the casualty, one of the chains would become too tight whenever turning. For example, when a wrecker turns right, the distance between the left side of the wrecker and the left side of the casualty increases. On the opposite side the chain continues to slack thereby making contact with the ground. By crossing the chains, the amount of chain required is reduced and therefore you will minimize the likelihood of your chains contacting the ground. They Can go above or under the under reach When the chains are crossed, whether they go above or below the wheel lift does not matter. Why is this important? It means that securing to the most logical attachment point becomes easier. Cross the chains over the under reach also helps keep the chains from making contact with the ground while turning. There are benefits to both: Crossing the chains beneath requires more chain but they will not interfere with any other equipment such as towing lights or scratch the under reach. Crossing above can scratch the under reach but requires less chain. or Just be sure that whether you cross them above or below the under reach that they will not interfere with any other pieces of equipment, such as the towing lights. View the full article on WreckMaster.com...
  44. 2 points
    Matjackman

    Matjack 3 Day Factory Class!

    2019 Matjack factory team for the spring session has ended. Thanks to all that participated. Jeff Martin, Howard "scooby" Eagan, Jamie Dougherty, Bruce Pedigo, Dale McLaughlin, Matt Bartlett. #matjackspring2019
  45. 2 points
    luigi

    Adding some goodies to our wrecker

    We got this truck at the end of last year. Our last wrecker had 2 tunnel boxes and this one only has 1, so we were a little short on storage. We added 3 additional boxes. My boss has also let me add stuff to make things more efficient. Simple stuff first, 2 buckets for floor dry/debris 2 Boxes have been placed on each side of the bed, which did make it difficult to watch the winches. So mirrors were added to aid with that. Again, the boxes make backing up to a car difficult to see it. All of our trucks have on board dvr, with 4 cameras. I added a monitor to be able to see. This truck has a compressor and tank, but no gauge, or air hook ups. We do alot of ppi's, and have to call another company to remove any trailers with air. I added an air hook up so we can move empty trailers, or equipment trailers. Also added a psi gauge, I ended up changing the fitting on the back of the gauge so it would fit though. Now my personal favorite addition. The flood lights in the back were......lacking. I had a 42" curved light bar at home that I wasn't using and added to the truck. I also got some smaller led spot/flood lights to add under the tunnel box to aid with nighttime reversing. Before After (That is also just the upper lights. Lowers were not turned on) Lower lights
  46. 2 points
    Still here in United Kingdom
  47. 2 points
    Still here🇬🇧🇬🇧
  48. 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
  49. 2 points
    Chuckud

    "Hey I forgot to tell you ...."

    Gotta love it when your customer "forgets" those small details, especially when it is that it is a truck and trailer loaded with a small 2.5 ton man lift. Pic was taken after lasso straps removed. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  50. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    MD Recovery On Rack Body Truck

    "Nice. Is this the same guy from last year?" No...LoL Funny you brought that up. He left this past summer....I told the fleet manager that we were going to have a little party for him - felt it was the least we could do for all of his support! Then yesterday my son told me he got fired from his new job which was driving a gas truck for a company closer to his home. So we can only hope he comes back to here.... 🤣
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