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  1. Good Job! Now take Talon to get some "Throwed Rolls"
  2. I might be the cause of such low numbers of participation. I sorta hijacked the thread. Maybe Ron could move the conversation to another post and give it a title that would draw more participants. Brian mentioned the Road Ranger type responders and we have that here in Florida. In SW FL we also have a company that does maintenance on the interstates called DBI. On major wrecks, DBI responds at the request of FHP and brings some trucks with fold over arrow signage and a ton of orange cones. These guys do an outstanding job of lane control / closure. That type response is what I had in mind if the insurance companies would pay the bill for the service. I could be another profit center as Brian says, for tow and road service companies. To me it would be a win - win for the insurance companies. Lower the injuries and deaths on the roadway. Maybe use it as advertising somehow. I really want to thank the participants thus far. We know there are others that would join in. You are a great bunch of guys !!
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    Virginia Towing - Tow Truck Pictures

    Yeah!! Around here, its the winch cable on one end and 1 chain on the other.
  4. This may not be doable but, would insurance pay for a "safety responder" type support vehicle to respond to accident scenes to add additional safety for the operator?? Equipment with lights, cones, flares, vests and maybe scene lighting etc. LE seems to leave the scene and the towers are left to clean up with no additional safety support. Just a thought. . .
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    Virginia Towing - Tow Truck Pictures

    Does the first picture ( TRIPPs )explain the proper method of tie down or what !!! I can't remember the last time I saw that.
  6. I see we have had only 307 views for a thread that has a wealth of information about operator problems / safety. Thanks to the participants that have the desire to see things change. . .make the job safer. You are to be congratulated. I hope this thread will get people thinking. The boss, the supervisor and the operator should be exposed to the suggestions here.
  7. We seem to be getting somewhere with this input. I had lunch with a Sheriff and a Capt. today and we talked about not only the tow problems with distraction but how the same distractions affect their officers who make traffic stops. Drivers are chatting away on the cell while the officer is trying to get the license, reg and insurance. Officer is sometimes in the "danger zone" for a time while being ignored by the driver. rreschran brings up an interesting situation. By no means should the OSHA or government be more involved. The problem has to be resolved and supervised from within the industry. What about the state towing associations. Maybe, their open involvement on training could help. Keep the info flowing. It will make a difference. JimB
  8. I agree with Goodmichael and think he is onto something. Now. . . how do things get started. Should it be left to the employer to do it or should there be some sort of prior employment training. Fire / EMS are getting training and certification prior to employment in some states. Maybe someone has a thought.
  9. Great input. First, most of us do things by habit. Get out of the truck and work from the closest side. Ask operators why and they give the frequent answer that the truck is set up for driver side operation. Controls are there, free spool is there and a lot of them have the cable attached to the rear of the carrier on the drivers side. So, how to break old habits or poorly set up trucks?? I like the idea of the wireless controls. How much would that cost. . . not a whole lot and the training would be pretty simple. In my day, the old trucks had the levers and throttle on the drivers side so it was just simple to use those. Maybe it is time to do more training and supervision. I see haphazard operators all the time that use the winch for the front securement and only one chain on the rear. Seems they are in a hurry to clear the roadway. Now for TIM training. I took the training and got the instructor off to the side and we talked about how to get all first responders on the same page. TIM takes all agencies to be trained. We have all seen that LE wants to park as close to the scene as possible. . .every LE vehicle. Fire and EMS usually cover the lane next to the scene to give them a place to work safely. Now its time for the tow truck to sit and wait. Fire and EMS clear and the LE wants the roadway open. TIM falls apart and sometimes the LE leaves for another call before the road is clear. (All this from personal experience) The best that I can offer would be getting all agencies on the same page. Probably not gonna happen. As for roadside service, the driver of the disabled vehicle just pulls off the road and calls for service. Service responds and has to operate in an unprotected status. Gotta be some solution. What is the solution and how to implement it is gonna take some dedicated push from the tow industry. JimB
  10. Goodmichael, how much of an inconvenience would it make if the drivers side controls were disabled. Maybe a couple of pieces of flat bar above and below the controls on the drivers side to keep the controls from being movable ?? Basically forcing the operator to use the curb side controls.
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    Buying my first heavy

    Brian makes good sense on the 16 ton. Bottom line. . . which one will sit in the parking lot and which one will stay busy. I have a friend who tried the Heavy route and lost his butt. Truck just sat. He finally got an old Holmes 600 and put it on a newer Ford chassis added an underlift. Made money from day one. It is not the best setup but he does lots of truck rental and motorhome towing. He has another used truck on order from a dealer up north. Best of luck on whichever route you take. JimB
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    Rogelio Perez-Borroto - Tampa Bay, Fl. 02-15-16

    Thanks for putting all this together. Sometimes you don't find out what the at fault driver receives after hitting and killing a towman. This took a couple of years but the judge sure made a statement ! It just shows that some judges will take into consideration all the facts and sentence accordingly. It is little for the family but, hopefully helps the industry. Thanks again, Ron.
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    Happy Memorial Day

    Over the years the meaning for "Memorial Day" has been changed from a time to remember the men and women who gave their lives defending the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America. Once a time for respectful services to those who gave all for you and me has been transformed to a sale at a department store or a time to have a big BBQ and enjoy the lake or beach. Where did we go wrong?? I guess we are to be Happy that all those brave soldiers and sailors gave their lives for us. Change is not always good.
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    How many members were here 14 years ago

    Happy Birthday "Miracle Girl" !! You are getting cuter as well