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  1. I agree. You never know what is going through a persons mind today, and or what their intentions are. Once you have clients in your vehicle, you should use due diligence to ensure that they are transported to their destination in the most safest, direct route possible. Driving down the highway is perilous enough. Stopping on the roadside not only heightens your chances for a collision, but subjects everyone to the unknown dangers of the subject you are engaging.
  2. You are the person who controls who you allow in your truck. You have to make rapid and sound decisions on the roadside. Always watch the hands. It is the hands that kill. Observe the person, if they are jumpy or extremely on edge, these are warning signs. Use your best judgement, and have faith in your sixth sense. I have refused to transport people before. I have always had solid observations to back up my decisions.
  3. 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.
  4. Have you ohmed out the wiring? Sounds like a corrosion/resistance problem.
  5. I agree with you. That is an opportunity to change lives.
  6. Tire changes are a very dangerous aspect of this industry. You might develop a safety plan and employee training program outline, which might help a little, but it is very expensive to obtain insurance.
  7. Be honest. Provide value for the rates you charge. You will have more business than you can handle.
  8. Until the mindset is adjusted and improved, this industry will rely on BOB bottom of the barrel to fill in the gaps. If you want people to be a professional, you have to treat them like a professional. And you have to stop running your operation like a brothel, worrying what the competition does and what they charge. You have to give people time off and benefits. You have to constantly be on the lookout for talent, and be willing to develop talent. This industry is it's own worst enemy. And has nobody else to blame.
  9. I agree. That occurred twenty minutes from my home base. There is plenty of room to allow for the violator to pull off the road. The violator that was pulled over was also injured, the impact tore the door off of the violator's vehicle. The car that caused the collision had out out state plates. I believe that operator fatique had a considerable contribution to this event. To make matters even worse for this department, one of their detectives passed away two days later after a fight with cancer
  10. If they are a Jerr Dan dealer then the Jerr Dan factory rep needs to step in. Immediately. You need to call Jerr Dan corporate and demand that they step in if this was a factory allocated dealer.
  11. Bro, I hear what you are saying. All these computers that integrate are a real pain in the butt. I see burn jobs with close to a mile of copper filament in tumbleweed balls and I just shake my head. Henry Ford would probably do the same. Let us know how the project is going along the way. Have a great weekend.
  12. Safety glasses should be work whenever a person is under a vehicle for any reason. As far as hardhats, they need not be worn every time, but they should be accessible. I worked for a company that towed Ford work trucks from a mine on a regular basis. THe mine required PPE. vest, safety glasses, as well as a hard hat. They even checked the expiration date on the hard hat. One of our drivers drove the 112 miles one way only to be rejected at the gate because he did not have his PPE. it was on Thanksgiving Day, so he could not just go to the nearest Tractor Supply to make a purchase. 55 MPH is way to fast of a speed to set the bar to require roadside protection. I firmly believe that 35 mph should be the limit.
  13. How/what mechanism are you going to use for the ecm/pcm. That engine is fairly computercentric. There has to be a driver to work the electronics. Had a swap of one of those completed close to 18 months ago. It took a good four months to get all the bugs worked out, and that was a direct swap. Do extensive research on that harness. Are they custom building it here in the states? The electronics aspect is the scariest part of this deal.
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