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    TowZone reacted to TTOUT in Tow Driver Driver makes disturbing discovery (MA)   
    Went to tow a pickup and trailer about 10 years ago. The pickup was fine and very clean. When I dropped the trailer, there was blood coming out of the door and that unmistakable smell. Turns out the owner had about 20, 5 gallon buckets of rotting meat for bear hunting. Needless to say a couple of them that he had not tried very well had tipped and broke open. The guy just walks in the trailer and picks it all up without gloves and cleans up the mess. He said he had a feeling he might have some tip while he was driving. I wish he had said something before we hooked it, i would have helped him secure them better. Disturbing but glad it wasn't something worse. 
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    TowZone reacted to dperone in 2 Different Saturday's, 2 Different Lawn Ornaments   
    The past 2 Saturday's have started out with early morning calls to remove new unwanted lawn decorations. The first one was a young girl who ran a stop sign, jumped the curb and travelled through about 60 feet of yard before totalling 2 innocent vehicles in the driveway and damaging a third. It hit with such force that her car was stuck in the first grand Marquis and the second Marquis was moved far enough that it almost hit the house. Not bad for a much lighter car than the 2 she hit.  
     

     

     
    Not wanting to do anymore damage to the poor guys nice lawn and not having any room to work, I set up on the main street and winched it all the way back to the road. This let the other company called have the entire driveway to work on getting the grand Marquis out.
     

     

     
    Almost a week later to the minute I got a call for an impound. I arrived at the location looking for a Chevy pick up, but only found a Saturn that had the driver's side almost completely removed. The trooper pointed to the house 3 doors down and there sat another lawn ornament. After it stuck the car, the pick up travelled through 2 chain link fences and a stand of shrubs before hitting a tree that luckily stopped the truck just short of making an unannounced appearance into the house. The yard was completely walled in by shrubs and the passenger front wheel was only being held on by half a tie rod. 
     

     
    Only having a narrow driveway to set up in, I had to accomplish the recovery in a few different steps. I brought the truck out towards the opening in the shrubs as far as I could until I ran out of room. 
     

     
    Once it was lined up and out of room, I moved into the street to winch it the last few feet before I had to to spin it into the driveway. 
     

     
    I was planning on towing it once I got it to the street, but once I got the rear of the truck clear it became obvious that I was not going to have the time I needed to swing the front around to tow it on my own. I called my dad to bring me a bed while I brought the rear end around to line it up with the driveway. Once he arrived we loaded it up and I cleared the rest of the debris out of the driveway. 
     

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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Bucket Load: Rollin' In The Money   
    Let me try this, the Century is the Rotator, then the Hazmat truck with tools and supplies for mitigation/cleanup. Skid Steer to carry the contents of the load from the crash and supplies to & from the area. The Second Heavy is actually the NRC Carrier to transport the Armored Car. Eric, will need to explain the Plan of Action. Sure appears Professional from Start to End. Should be the Industry Standard! After all it's just money...
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    TowZone reacted to mushspeed in Versatile multi purpose tow truck   
    This is one of our multi purpose accident units,  very adaptable for all sorts of car and van recovery,

     
    This vehicle was Based on a IVECO chassis  because of the sensitive work it was doing on statutory removals, tow aways and repos we did not have any graphics or writing.
     
     
     
    the slide bed has a payload of 4 tons , built in extension ramps for low ground clearance vehicles.

     
    The Knuckleboom crane equipped with a street lifter attachment  for damage free removals,   the frame has a hydraulic levelling and rotating capability.
     
     

     
    It can lift 1.5 tons at full reach and rotate through 180 degrees.
     

     
    the lifting equipment can be easily dismantled and stowed at the front of the platform 
     

     
    fitted with hydraulic winches on the platform and an additional  front mounted one..
     
     
     
     

     
    Note the Jack Plugs  for  12 and 24 volt  jump leads …
     

     
    Second car lift  with provision for clip on ball hitch  and a clip on winch fairlead on the platform.
    This truck was very busy al the time and did pretty well anything asked of it within reason, including carriage of stolen /recovered goods, load transfers. 
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from brian991219 in Tiverton fire captain suspended after altercation with tow truck company employee (RI)   
    Randy, this topic reminds me of the HATS Presentation and T.I.M.S Program.
     
    The Tools are there everyone should have access to them.
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    TowZone got a reaction from ESC in What are you guys using for toolbox lighting?   
    "They gave us a 5 year unconditional warranty as well."
     
    Now that is is a good warranty, you hope you never need it but we all know how these lights can fail. After 5 years, I'd say you got your moneys worth.
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    TowZone reacted to ESC in What are you guys using for toolbox lighting?   
    We ended up using Maxxima Led strips from our local lighting supplier. They were actually a few dollars per strip cheaper than we found online. They gave us a 5 year unconditional warranty as well. They were fast and easy to install. We installed them in my MPL40 and wired them direct to the marker light wiring that was already in the boxes. This way they come on when the running lights are on and turn off automatically. No more silly pin switches.

    Last night I was out around 11 pm in the pitch black and I took this picture to show how bright they are. We used an 18” strip. We just ordered more to install in all of our trucks.




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    TowZone got a reaction from mooresbp in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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...
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    Brian, a decade ago members would enter into these discussions and many thought that we could effect the number of roadside deaths. That was a decade ago, since then the number of members entering into these discussions has declined and the number of deaths risen or remained near the annual high.
     
    Traffic was really high on the old message board with both members and guests reading topics. However over the last decade that is mainly all they have been doing is reading. While I truly believe that those that read these instances have a greater awareness of the dangers. We have lost a few members to tragic roadside events. For many of us these instances are a constant reminder of the dangers, yet we place ourselves in those situations roadside on nearly a daily basis with traffic wising by at 60, 70, 80 mph (99, 114, 129 kph). Yet we are still out there alone on the roadside, even having extra lights, cones, flares, using non roadside controls. we must still enter that increased danger zone. Even when we think we're not in harms way the danger is present and can find us.
     
    After each of these tragic deaths are awareness is raised for a short period and they fade quickly as we do not dwell on that fact that could have been any of us. Companies do not review these deaths, it's even taboo to review them within this online community. Yet, by reviewing them we can all learn how to lower the risk, be that how to position the truck, what extra safety equipment can be implemented, when to call for backup/support, etc.
     
    As an industry we fail our members, but more importantly we fail those that we are not reaching. Someone tell me how to reach them and I will work on it. Most do not read the publications, they do not participate online, there company doesn't stress the safety aspects of the job. Generally it's just get the job done. Met a driver just a couple of nights ago, on the job 3 weeks, little or no training, just knew the basics.
     
    Just knowing the basics will get you killed. Being a seasoned veteran taking safety for granted will get you killed and sometimes Just being there will get you killed. I know that when I step out of the truck I am in the danger zone, I treat it like a combat zone. I always say I have eye in the back of my head or swivel head but I can get distracted. I listen for the sounds traffic but sometimes there isn't much when a vehicle is upon you quickly.
     
    I do find that my concern for others safety at the scene does not lessen my safety. It actually increases the safety at the scene for all as raises the level of awareness. I have on numerous occasions seen officers watching the tow operator doing their job rather than watching the traffic. This places both of them at higher risk, I always ask the officer to keep an eye on traffic and alert me if I need to react.
     
    I want to go back through past roadside deaths and learn what the conditions were and where the driver was when the event that claimed their life occurred. But, I have been reminded numerous times that we as an industry do not discuss those aspects as it somehow suggests that tow operator or the company was at fault. That is not what we are suggesting at all, we simply need to be able to relate to other industry professional what can be done to lessen the risk. It appears to me that the 2 largest risks are being between the vehicles and entering the truck. It seems exiting the truck we check the mirror, open the door look and then step out always keeping an eye on traffic. Yet many let their guard down when returning to the truck and turning their back on traffic. I watch my back as I realize that is a point when I am most vulnerable.
     
    I hope that more enter into the discussion and we can reach those drivers that are more interested in the appearance of their truck what's on the bed or lift then safety procedures which must be followed. I do not want to see OSHA fining companies because the controls on the truck are not clearly labeled, that's a manufacturer issue. I don't want them harping signage and cones, flares, etc. That adds time to basic roadside hookups that can place a driver at a higher risk. They won't require such things as a blocker unit or law enforcement contact when on scene where there is an increased risk. They'll mandate safety hats and googles,  What is that going to do to lessen the risk of our being struck. OHSA will then focus more on the safety at the facility then roadside because that's often a higher focus for them. Yes, OSHA has saved countless lives in the construction and manufacturing industries with regulations. But, all their current regulations are not going to save a life from a distracted motorist.
     
    It's Hazardous Duty and must be treated as Hazardous Duty. My hope is that more care enough to enter into this discussion. But, I know as in the past a few of us will kick this can down the road, while others simply watch. Some Associations will blink, add a note in any training events that do reaching those who are aware. Yet, not reaching those who need the message the most. We may never know, but we should know the details about every roadside death or we cannot lessen that risk of another.
     
    I want to compile articles on roadside safety which have appeared in publications or association newsletters over the years. If anyone has written these or can reference them please let us know. If you can provide a link or add the content. Please advise, as this would be a great resource to have in one place. Our Read Only Members & Guest would likely find those of interest and will the rest of us.
     
    As you know this isn't something that can be discussed with a few words. This is the venue to go into depth on the subject. My final thought on the subject "Tow Truck Rallies" these rides that towers conduct in memory of a tow operator often bring many towers together. How to expand on that formal or informal gathering of industry professionals is the question. No social media in general isn't reaching them. But those on social media can reach them. The TowForce is with them and care they just don't know it.
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    TowZone reacted to brian991219 in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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.
     
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    TowZone reacted to Matthew w/ Austin Ins in NEED TO CHANGE INSURANCE THIS MONTH   
    This is Matthew with Austin Insurance, and yes Progressive is a tough one. There have been several companies to pull out of the market, but we have several to quote through and I assure they are not the same. We pride ourselves on our customer service, and we shop the best coverage at the best price to fit your needs. If you would like to discuss getting several quotes, please give me a call on my cell at 270-445-0718 or our office at 270-444-6818.
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    TowZone reacted to FTI Groups in Press Release: ITRHFM To Sell LED Flashing Safety Arrows   
    Just three batteries.  I believe they are AAA.

     
    Single arrow: http://internationaltowingmuseum.org/product/move-over-arrow/
     
    Case: http://internationaltowingmuseum.org/product/move-over-arrow-case/
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from brian991219 in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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...
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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...
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    TowZone got a reaction from goodmichael in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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...
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    TowZone got a reaction from mooresbp in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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 "
     
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from 41Fletchers in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    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 "
     
     
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in Why is TowForce so Great?   
    Networking with tow professionals is my greatest value received as well as the friendships I've built over the years.
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    TowZone reacted to mooresbp in Why is TowForce so Great?   
    I think it might relate to most people here that are active members. I could not put a price on what I have learned on this sight over the years. The knowledge available here on what ever subject you might need at the touch of a key is without exception the best!
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in From TowTimes.com - AAA Offer Tow-to-Go Program for Memorial Day Weekend   
    I recall a young tow operator (back east) who was beaten within an inch of his life during one those freebie tows when the drunk motorist went ballistic .. no thanks
     
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    TowZone reacted to Njsss in Off to Body Shop   
    Gettin’ there
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    TowZone reacted to RodVT in News from Autocar   
    LIKE!

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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in A Little Much....MD Tow on Box Truck   
    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....
     

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    TowZone got a reaction from Lee Aldridge in 2018 Motor Club Ranking "Official List"   
    2018 TOP TEN LIST
    1. NATION SAFE DRIVERS (NSD)
    2. GEICO
    3. ALLSTATE
    4. TESLA
    5. HONK
    6. AAA
    7. PINNACLE
    8. AGERO
    9. SWOOP
    10. NATIONAL AUTO CLUB (NAC)
    OTHER MOTOR CLUBS THAT WERE RANKED
    11. ROAD AMERICA
    12. AUTO HELP LINE (AHL)
    13. URGENTLY
    14. United States Motor Club (USAC)
    15. QUEST
    16. NETCOST
    17. ALLIED
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    TowZone reacted to goodmichael in Grandfather dies trying to stop repo driver (TX)   
    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.
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