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  1. The Tow Times May issue features excerpts from conversations with towing company owners who share how their operations have been impacted by the coronavirus, plus an industry COVID-19 survey. This issue also contains a look at the ins and outs of quick clearance, and the expanded Trucks on Call department spotlights four heavy-duty entries in the Shine ‘n Star contest. Find these articles and more in the Tow Times May issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. In The Ditch Towing Products is helping supply Idaho hospitals with personal protective equipment. The company is 3D printing face shields for healthcare workers. Read the full story here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures employers can implement to protect workers’ safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic. Safety measures include encouraging sick workers to stay home; establishing flexible worksites and staggered work shifts; discouraging workers from using other workers’ phones, desks and other work equipment. The new poster is available for download in English, or Spanish. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. A tow operator suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car Thursday, May 7, in Mountain View, Calif. How the incident occurred is unclear, and little information is available at this time. The California Highway Patrol reports that the operator was hit at approximately 7:26 a.m on Highway 101 near the Ellis Street on-ramp and was taken to Stanford Hospital. Police are investigating the incident. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. In 2005, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum established its Survivor Fund to provide immediate financial support to families of towing operators who lose their lives in the line of service in our industry. On this Giving Tuesday, use this link to donate directly to the Survivor Fund. There are options for a one-time donation or a recurring donation. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. UPDATE ON BRUCE'S TRUCK! (Jamie's Truck Projects) || Jamie Davis Towing
  7. from Geri Roskopf's Blog: The coronavirus has taken so many things from us, but it can’t take away all the special people we have — especially the women in our lives. Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and I started thinking about my mother, who passed away in 2005. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her, and I wish I could thank her for being the best role model I could have to help me face the challenges of today. I often told her she should be nominated for sainthood for bringing up eight children. If you were asked to describe your mother, what would you say? I’m sure there are many words that come to mind – loving, caring, trusting, nurturing, friend – and so much more. But, think about the other special women in your life. Don’t they bring some of those same words to mind? They don’t have to be biological mothers to have helped you grow into the special person you are today. I can name so many women in my life who have loved, supported, encouraged, helped and even challenged me; especially the tow lady friends I have. The women in the towing and recovery industry are some of the strongest women I know — and I don’t mean muscle-wise. It’s nice to know I can reach out to any of them and they just “get it.” Many of us are hurting, not only financially, but mentally, physically and spiritually. This pandemic can’t take away the spirit of gratitude that’s needed right now, and with Mother’s Day coming up, it’s the best time to celebrate and thank not only mothers, but all of the special women in our lives. Stay healthy and safe. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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  10. ROTATOR WORK EP#235 a lift be fore the storm
  11. ResponderSafety.Com has released 10 Roadway Response Safety Shorts videos that demonstrate critical actions to take at every scene to improve the safety of roadway operations. The videos are applicable to firefighters, rescue, fire police, law enforcement, EMTs, safety service patrols, special traffic units and towing and recovery organizations. One video designed is for use in public education to teach motorists how to safely pass an emergency incident on the roadway. “We heard from our audience that there is a critical need for concise, impactful demonstrations of the key safety practices we’ve been preaching for a long time,” said Steve Austin, project manager for ResponderSafety.com. “These videos respond to that need by putting the training in the hands of everybody who wants it in a format that can literally be shown anywhere. We all have five minutes in our day that we can devote to safety — watch them at shift change, over coffee, at the top of your regular training rotation, whenever. You don’t need a special session or large block of time.” Developed by The Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the short videos can be viewed at roll call or shift changes, integrated into training rotations or safety breaks, and shared on social media. In five minutes or less, these videos reinforce how to execute an important roadway safety procedure, such as positioning a blocking vehicle, setting a cone taper, passing through the zero buffer area, or demobilizing a traffic incident management area. They also go hand-in-hand with ResponderSafety.com’s Roadway Safety Teaching Topic Packages for Instructors, demonstrating many of the procedures in those lesson plans. To access and download the videos visit Roadway Response Safety Shorts. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. HAAS Alert and the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) have announced a new partnership to improve safety for towing professionals. Under the agreement, TRAA members will have access to Safety Cloud®, a collision prevention service for emergency responders and roadside workers developed by HAAS Alert. TRAA non-members with eligibly-sized fleets that equip Safety Cloud will also receive one year of complimentary TRAA membership. Safety Cloud enables tow trucks and other first responder vehicles to send real-time digital alerts to drivers as they approach active incidents. A device installed in the truck sends vehicle location data to Safety Cloud, which delivers alerts to nearby motorists through the Waze app, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or compatible vehicle infotainment systems giving motorists time to react before they reach the incident. Since launching over two years ago, Safety Cloud has processed more than 100 million driver alerts. The new partnership between TRAA and HAAS Alert will provide towing operators with protection and benefits including premium fleet pricing and TRAA member support. “We’re excited to be working with HAAS Alert and believe that Safety Cloud provides towers an effective layer of additional protection from approaching drivers, many of whom are simply not paying attention to the roadway,” said TRAA Executive Director Cynthia Martineau. “HAAS Alert shares our goal of promoting the wellness and interests of towers, and we look forward to working together in the months ahead to make roads safer for our members and the communities they serve.” For more information about HAAS Alert visit haasalert.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. For more about National Work Zone Awareness Week visit workzonesafety.org View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. by Geri Roskopf: The governor of my state of Wisconsin just extended the safer at home order through May, and like most businesses, I’m wondering what else I have to do to keep moving forward. I believe one of the hardest things to do right now to get through this crisis is to have faith and trust. To have faith and trust in the government to give us factual and up-do-date data, that scientific research can create testing and a vaccine, and we need to trust ourselves and others to make sure we do the best we can to keep healthy and safe. There is immense pressure though. I remember a story my older sister told me about a time when my dad lost his job and the Salvation Army dropped off a couple of bags of groceries. She said my mom and dad, while grateful, were humbled and embarrassed to accept charity. My dad was a carpenter and a hard worker, so I can only imagine the pressure he felt by not being able to provide for his family. I’ve been looking for help to relieve some of my pressure, and a little bit came from Mother Nature and the wonder of spring. I don’t have a green thumb, so when I see little, green plant sprouts coming up through the ground after a long, harsh winter with no help from me, it gives me hope. If they survived, so can I. I don’t want to make light of what we as a country are facing. Every day I hear about the loss of life, job losses, etc. But I also hear encouraging stories – like with my family – of so many helping others. I’m hoping all of you have something or someone to help you stay positive for whatever pressures you feel right now. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. This 2015 Ford F-550 single cab with a 19-foot Jerr-Dan steel bed is from the fleet of Eastside Recovery of Brunswick, Ga. The company has been in business for over 20 years and provides light- to heavy-duty towing and recovery and roadside assistance. The owner is Mike Czerepinski. “Our operators take pride in our trucks by keeping them clean and in tip-top shape,” says Eastside Recovery. This truck was purchased from Atlanta Wrecker Sales of Atlanta, Ga. The photo was taken on St. Simons Island off the Brunswick, Ga., coast by Charles Earvin, who operates this truck. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  16. The Tow Times April issue features health tips tow operators can follow to help stay virus-free. This special issue also offers light-duty recovery tips from the field, pointers for dispatchers and a look at light-duty car-carrying trailers. History buffs will enjoy the story behind the “Red Ball Express” truck at the International Towing Museum and it’s vital role during World War II. Plus, this issue contains the call for entries to the 2020 Shine ‘n Star contest. Find this and much more in the Tow Times April issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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