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  1. 2 points
    Based on the climbing number of tow truck and flatbed carrier accidents, I invite you to attend, American Towman's Brian Riker and his seminar on, "Defensive Driving and Driving Professionalism". Fact: Tow trucks and solo crashes and incidents are oftentimes the fault of the tow truck driver. Come and learn how tow trucks respond to panic stops, conditions while loaded, why the use of wearing a seat-belt is important, including other driver caused behaviors that result in tow operator fatality. Brian's seminar is must see information and something you should present at your company's next safety meeting. See you there in a couple of days at the American Towman Dallas Tow Exposition, August 17th, 2019 at 0800 Room Appaloosa 2. R.
  2. 2 points

    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.
  3. 2 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.
  4. 1 point
    HONK’s Raising Awareness for the Safety of Tow Truck Professionals & Emergency First Responders Nationwide Fifty percent of Americans have not heard of "Move Over" laws, every driver has a part to play in keeping first responders safe. Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2019 --(PR.com)-- A roadside breakdown and being stranded on the side of the highway is every driver’s nightmare, but when it does happen tow truck professionals bravely come to their rescue. Unfortunately, a tow truck professional’s job can quickly turn deadly when drivers don’t follow safety laws or drive while distracted. HONK Technologies, an on-demand mobility and roadside assistance platform is doing its part to help raise awareness of nationwide "Move Over" laws in an effort to further protect the safety of tow truck professionals and other emergency first responders. "Move Over" laws vary by state, but in general, they specify when motorists see emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway, they should slow down, and when safe, move over to vacate the lane next to the stopped vehicle(s) to provide safe clearance to law enforcement, emergency first responders, and tow truck professionals. It is estimated that 50 percent of Americans are not aware of "Move Over" laws*. HONK wants to help change that. “Our Service Provider Network of tow truck professionals is our biggest asset and we want to do everything we can to keep them safe,” explains Corey Brundage, HONK’s Founder and CEO. HONK interacts with thousands of drivers on a daily basis through their roadside assistance app and if education to them about "Move Over" laws could save just one life, that would be a huge win for everyone. What is HONK doing to raise awareness? To educate drivers of the "Move Over" laws, HONK has implemented several social media campaigns, passed out thousands of "Move Over - Slow Down" bumper stickers and is sponsoring various events. HONK is exhibiting at several upcoming towing industry events, including American Towman Tow Expo in Dallas, Texas, August 15 - 18, Pacific Northwest Tow Show in Tacoma, Washington, August 23 - 24, and American Towman Exposition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, December 4 - 7, 2019. What is HONK doing to support tow truck professionals? HONK continues to make investments in their Service Provider Network of tow truck professionals with over 75,000 service vehicles nationwide. HONK is planning several more Partner Appreciation Roadshow Events to deliver education on industry and safety trends,business training, and help tow truck professionals identify what’s ahead, an industry-first. HONK’s goal is to create a digital, safer, smarter alternative to the multiple hour-long waits and insufficient options of the past, transforming the emergency roadside assistance experience for all. HONK’s additional efforts include optimizing and educating within their organization and recently hired industry-specialist Dennis McGowan, a WreckMaster Certified Level 4/5 technician, with over 15 years experience. His knowledge and experience as a second generation tow operator, heavy recovery specialist, and diesel mechanic has proven to be beneficial to the HONK team as well as its Service Provider Partner Network. McGowan understands the real-life challenges tow truck professionals face on a daily basis, helping HONK make quicker and more informed operational decisions and identify new ways to make the lives of Service Providers easier, which ultimately helps them grow their business. How is HONK changing the roadside assistance industry? Analysts are projecting the vehicle roadside assistance market share to reach $29 billion by 2026**. Today’s digitally connected drivers expect more than ever before. They expect immediate, responsive roadside assistance service, available in just a few clicks directly from their smartphones. They want memorable customer experiences similar to those like Amazon and Uber, ones that are efficient, reliable, and personalized. HONK is delivering on those expectations. Drivers no longer have to wait for several hours to receive roadside assistance, most service requests have a 15 to 30 minute estimated time of arrival. Just like the apps they value most, drivers receive service provider information, instant notifications, status updates, access to real-time tracking, and easy payment options, all of which result in amazing customer experiences. HONK is making a name for themselves with many insurance carriers too. Several have chosen HONK to manage and white label their own roadside assistance programs, one of their highest volume claims and customer touchpoints. Most insurance carrier clients state that HONK has helped them achieve on their brand promise resulting in double digit increases in their Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and positive impacts to customer retention and lifetime values. Drivers request roadside assistance at: https://www.honkforhelp.com/ Tow truck professionals join the HONK Partner Network at: https://www.joinhonk.com/ Insurance carriers can learn more about HONK at: https://www.honkforhelp.com/industry-solutions/ About HONK Technologies HONK Technologies is an innovative on-demand mobility and roadside assistance platform, transforming customer experiences, one breakdown at a time. Through its platform-based ecosystem, HONK is powering next-generation roadside assistance for leading brands with cutting edge digital technology and transformational omnichannel customer-first, frictionless experiences. For more information, visit https://www.honkforhelp.com or contact media@honkforhelp.com *National poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission **Vehicle Roadside Assistance Market By Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Opportunities and Forecast, 2019 – 2026- Acumen Research and Consulting RESOURCE LINK HONK Technologies Jackie Murphy 800-979-3162 Contact https://www.honkforhelp.com/industry-solutions/
  5. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Slingshot for the win.
  6. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Very nice work
  7. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Teetering with propane tanks below.

    I had a call for a Ford Ranger on the edge of an embankment with propane tanks below, after 30 years of this profession I have learned 99% of the time the "almost tipping over the edge" from the reporting party is usually very well planted with no chance of going over. When I arrived on scene I found a Ranger teetering (literally) on a rock ledge with sure enough propane tanks below. Tanks would have probablely been just fine if the truck would have gone over, I was tip toeing around the truck on the high side hoping a good wind gust wasn't coming as it was very unstable. The only damage was the passenger rear tire was blown off the bead from impact going in with a rock. I positioned my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, boom extended/raised for lift with boom sheave perpendicular to the rear bumper of the Ranger, ran my passenger side line to a tree/strap/shackle/snatchblock then terminated at the drivers front lower control arm with a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain in a basket of the Ranger for a sideways pull on the front, snugged the winch. I ran my drivers line to a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain choked (so it couldn't come off the end of the hitch) around hitch tube. I would have preferred to run a strap around the low side of the hitch receiver but in this case did not want to put myself below the Ranger for my safety. I gave a hard lift on the rear lifting the rear off the rock retaining wall & pulled both front & rear back onto the road.
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    Thank you for the kind words Randy, well said and on point about drivers injured in single vehicle crashes. Fact is, rear end collisions are the most common, at 28% of all crashes, and also the easiest to prevent. I will also be doing a mini-clinic version on the show floor, Friday the 16th at 12:45. This is open and free for all attendees, think of it as a primer for what you will learn on Saturday morning.
  9. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Awesome work. I love reading about your jobs as they are a great teaching tool about using your head.
  10. 1 point
    Hi All ... I'm headed to the tow show in Dallas where this year, I'm teaching my seminar, "From the Dispatch Office", focusing on the importance of good dispatching. Dispatchers are those behind the scenes office heroes who make tow action happen, but the wrong dispatcher can harm a company's productivity, morale, efficiency and total operations. I invite you to be part of this light-hearted presentation designated to salute all dispatchers this Saturday, August 17th, at 10 AM, Room: Appaloosa 1. I look forward to seeing you there. R.
  11. 1 point
    I can finance this unit if you like it. Give me a call 516-852-5740 or email me at: Doreen@integratedleasing.com
  12. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Very creative, great use of all available resources. You even kept safety in mind with the blocks on the ground to prevent rearward roll away, rigging well within it's capacity and protected from accidental damage. Thank you for sharing.
  13. 1 point

    Responder Training Program

    I'm surprised to see no one responded to this question. Having documented more than 900+ tow operator fatalities since 1934, I believe that the greatest cause for operator fatality is towers are working the white-line side. But remember, the fatality numbers have climbed at the invent of cell-phones and an increase in distracted, intoxicated and drug-related vehicle operations. The number mentioned (60) is an average only. Also note, when state law require that four point tie-down and safety chains must be applied to towed and transported vehicles, state law puts the operator in harm's way. The message of white-line safetyvfor all towers to fully understand and practice, but somehow not practiced, just like cops that walk and stand on the white line to make traffic stops. I think the best training to instill that safety message is by taking a free TIM course. R
  14. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    With all of that rain in the Pacific Northwest, you've got Holmes trees all over the place. Great job and thanks for sharing. R.
  15. 1 point

    Win A Towmate TM-FLUX Wireless Tow Light

    Keep em coming, our goal is to giveaway this TowMate Light Bar on or around October 1st. However, we need to get close to the 100 qualifying recovery topics. Sounds like a steep hill to climb, but we never know till we try. Thanks to @Orcas Tow @dperone @ESC @mooresbp for your participation. A decade there would have been numerous members creating posts for a giveaway and the prizes were smaller back then. We're going to get this back on track.
  16. 1 point

    New Car + DUI= Another New Car

    I was called to a car vs pole a few towns over by the state police. En route they called and changed it from an accident to an impound with a DUI hold. Considering it was 3am I didn't need to the second phone call to tell me they were drunk, I was already assuming it. Upon arrival I found a brand new Eclipse SUV off the roadway in a row of bushes. There was a telephone pole right in the way of me just spinning one end around to the road, plus one of the fire fighters out there helping me owned the house and the very beautiful lawn. Trying to save the grass and the pole, I opted to pull it a few feet away from the bushes and reposition to bring it straight out to the road. Once on the road I hooked it up for the tow home and cleaned up the mess.
  17. 1 point

    Stake body???

    Was dispatched 40 miles from our base for a "Stake body". Arrived to find this.. Decided that dollys were the way to go. Got a lot of crazy looks coming back with this load. American Tower said: I did that to our side by side around the lot, just to see if it could be done. Looks good to me, it might look funny, but it pays the bills! glnstwing said: Good thing you didn't pass any scales! Nicely done. Louw said: That's funny. I almost brought the condor bike dolly to tow a bicycle back to the trail parking lot for a mc just for fun if i was passing the shop. Not the fist bicycle either.
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