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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Galvanized coatings do indeed emit a toxic plume of fumes once they reach a certain temperature. It is always best to have fire rescue cut this type of a metal, as they have the proper PPE. One does not want to expose your staff to anything that can be prevented. Galvanized coatings emit these fumes when they reach a certain temperature.
  6. There needs to be an established protocol to render services on the side of a roadside that has speed limits in excess of 35 mph. And they need to be adhered to with a zero tolerance. No tire changes should be initiated roadside for operator safety, a lane should be blocked with a blocker vehicle that has the capacity to absorb the impact of an impaired and or distracted driver. Proper PPE should be a standard industry requirement, to include safety glasses, reflective vest, as well as a hard hat. These implementations will be costly. They will cost millions of dollars a year to implement. BUT, they will save lives. I strongly believe that these implementations will decrease the fatality as well as injury rates by at least 65%. And they will be worth every penny of the millions of dollars required. For decades this industry has been demeaned and bullied by the motor clubs, insurance companies, bottom feeders in the industry, as well as motoring public in their prescribed methods to pocket these millions of dollars that should be invoiced, and that would cover safety. And the price has been paid for in souls of the departed, life changing injuries, as well as pain and suffering that has been inflicted upon those who work on the side of the road as well as their families who have to pick up the pieces to move forward. If we want to raise the bar, we need to ensure that our people are safe on the side of the road.
  7. When I propose that OSHA is a solution, I say that because nothing else works to end the senseless deaths and injuries. I am not aware of how many fatalities there have been this year, but how many years has this can been kicked down the road, and how many more years will it continue to be kicked down the road. We as an industry are so afraid to charge for services that are required as it is. Motor clubs would have no choice but to pay for blocker vehicles if they were federally mandated, as would vehicle manufacturers. I think it is fair to say that there is a certain percentage of companies that could care less about their employees, just as it is fair to say that there are companies that care deeply about the people who work in the trenches. How many people across the board would mandate safe working practices and be willing to terminate an employee if they fail to follow all designated protocols. Just as an employee has that attitude that it can not happen to me, so do many companies that blatantly look the other way and just keep rolling the dice hoping that they will get through the night without a critical incident. We as an industry adopting measures has been a colossal failure, on the part of operators to accept responsibility for their safety an well being by not taking needless risks, as well as on the part of leadership to ensure that safe operating practices are implemented. I have NEVER received any formal safety training at any of the companies I have worked for regarding roadside safety. NEVER . I have spent hours being trained on how to complete paperwork as well as account for cash, checks, and debit card disbursements, and how to turn them in. In the meantime the fatality count keeps creeping towards 65 for the year.
  8. Randy and Brian, I have a high regard and respect for both of you. Thanks for all you do. If OSHA were to mandate policy that a certain number of feet of traffic lane must be vacated for a scene to be worked when working next to the highway and that a structural mechanism capable of absorbing an impact be utilized this will be an additional expense that will be required to be billed out. If the burden to implement this mechanism is placed on the party who requests the service response, be it a government agency, motor club, or private party then they will be responsible and accountable for footing the bill. Safety costs money. Safety is an investment. Safety mitigates the risks inherent to the normal day to day procedures that one implements to complete work. A ten dollar pair of safety glasses might well prevent a sliver of metal from getting into a person's eye. The costs of a sliver of metal getting into a person's eye range from a low of 3000.00 to close to 5500.00 on average. This takes into consideration an er visit, lost work and production time, follow up visits to the doctor, as well as costs in premiums post claim. A ten dollar pair of safety glasses is an inexpensive cost of doing business. I would be willing to state that the cost of roadside incidents, that are preventable costs this industry close to $100,000,000.00 a year in ems services, medical bills, lost wages and productivity. There is no monetary value that can be placed on a human life. There is no amount of money that can replace a person to their family, friends, and loved ones. This $100,000,000.00 is absorbed by the people in this industry. $100,000,000.00 will buy a vast amount of safety if and when it is mandated.
  9. A law is not going to protect you on the side of the highway. If you as a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, are depending on a "law" to protect you from 80,000 lbs of steel and plastic and propelling down the road at 70 miles an hour, you need to go sell everything you own and put a bet down on the red marble at the roulette when in Vegas. You will have far better odds with the red ball. I stopped to assist a woman just yesterday who was stuck on the US 281 to IH 410 East bound flyover who had suffered a blowout. An Airport police officer stopped and shut down a lane to ensure that the vehicle could be tended to while minimizing the risk. Randy, Brian, myself, nor anyone else can ensure that you as a person work in a safe environment it is up to you. I am an advocate for OSHA getting belly deep into this industry and mandating that safe operating procedures be initiated. I hope, wish, and pray that they levy hundreds of 35,000.00 fines for companies that do not initiate and implement safety plans that will save lives. I hope that these fines cause business entities that do not make safety their number one priority to close. Yes, I hope they put companies that do not do everything in their power to ensure that their drivers go home safe completely out of business. I say this as someone who despises government. I hate government interference in business. But I hate for people to die needlessly on the side of the road when it is totally preventable. I say this with the understanding that there is no way to prevent all deaths on the side of the road. The risk will never be 100% mitigated. But the 65 people who will die on the side of the road can be reduced to single digits. One death is far too many. But 65 is totally unacceptable to me, and it should be to you too if you are reading this. Someone asked previously who the industry leaders were. The industry leaders are YOU. YOU are the one who has the power to make a difference. YOU are the person who has the opportunity to refuse a call when all precautions are not met. YOU are the one who has the capacity to demand a safer work environment. YOU are the one who pays the ultimate price if a perfect storm of misfortune meets at the location you are working as a service provider. When I had a heated exchange between a state trooper and myself when he arrogantly refused to close a lane for me to work safely and I proceeded to tell him how things were going to work, it preempted a meeting with his command staff. We all came to an understanding on what roadside safety meant. When I asked how many lanes and how many hours the road would be closed if I were a fatality victim, they had not answer. We now have a much deeper understanding of respect for one another after me walking from a crash scene. And they are well aware that I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  10. Being a consummate professional is the number one requirement for a recovery agent. When I picked up cars decades ago for a particular agency who was a member of Time Finance Adjusters, I always wore a sportscoat as well as docker style pants when I spoke to field contacts. I was able to get so much more information by dressing like a professional rather than someone who just left a bar at 2am. I also would not drive up to a neighbors or debtors home in a recovery vehicle and proceed to ask questions. I drove a discreet sedan. Did I tell little white lies to glean information on the debtor? Of course, but I always followed the law. When I was picking up units at 2 am that was a different story, I dressed down for comfort. My goal is, 100% of the time to not have ANY contact with a debtor, whatsoever, unless the transaction is a voluntary surrender. I do not want to be seen or heard. If a debtor or third party jumps onto or into the unit as I am taking possession, all bets are off, I am leaving the unit. If a debtor jumps in the unit and speeds away and has a collision just up the road, you can bet a number one with an extra sandwich from Chic fil a that you as well as your company will be the party to a lawsuit. Remember, you make no money sitting in a courthouse. Be professional at all times. Follow the laws 100 % of the time. This includes the fair debt collection practices act.
  11. Have you reached out to the manufacturer? They may have some ideas, or may work with you to assist in field testing their equipment. If a winch catastrophically fails and someone is seriously hurt or killed, and it is tied to that component, and you took it upon yourself...…….. See where I am going? I always think like a predator, and not like prey.
  12. There is no car that is worth putting another human being's life in jeopardy. TDLR would do well to stop just being a money tick and do something worthwhile and mandate that those who repossess vehicles or collateral at least be familiar with what a breach of the peace, illegal acts, as well as the fair debt collection practices act is all about. This incident at least fails the breach of the peace standard. I am not kicking a person when they are down, but a person died for a piece of crap hunk of plastic and tin with a mile of copper wire thrown in. Every car is a piece of crap compared to a human life. I have repossessed vehicles and been in a tight spot or two. If in doubt I will release the car. I found it once, I will find it again. There are 7 million car notes that are 90+ days so even if I do not, they are like Lay's potato chips, they will make more.
  13. Paying your employees with a 1099 is a big NO-NO. A big one. you will get yourself into hot water fast with the IRS. They are an employee, not a contractor. I have always felt that 25-27% is a fair commission rate. You can also use safety/ performance bonuses to add incentives. When the Streamlight Stinger flashlights first came out, I received one of them as a safety bonus. I have it to this day. It looks like it was outside the space shuttle and went to the moon and back, but it is still fully functional. I strongly recommend that you read the book by Dave Ramsey entitled Entrée Leadership. One of my favorite lessons of the book was how their organization is so selective in hiring. They actually take the prospective employee out to dinner, on their dime to a meal in order to assess how the employee conducts themselves with their significant other, how they treat the waitstaff, and their general demeanor. Be selective in who you hire. Having an attitude of a seat for every ass will get you in hot water as well.
  14. Training is a fast track to one increasing their pay. Training is the path to becoming a safe operator as well as mitigating the risks of working alongside of the road. Everyone needs training on a regular basis. A trained and competent operator is a valuable operator, he or she will be able to command top dollar in the workplace, and will easily be able to walk from a less than adequate workplace and chose where they will go rather than accept what is out in the market. A competent company will and should always make room and accommodate a trained and competent operator with a good attitude. The ROI on a trained and competent operator is extremely high.
  15. Honestly Richard, what do they do? They are worthless. Actually, they give worthless a bad name. You and I are both old enough to know that a card with our picture on the front, while it is a novelty, means nothing in the real world. the credential are backed up by absolutely nothing>
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