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  1. I agree that 'less is more" for sure. Back last year I had an eye problem and since then, if I come up on an accident the local sheriffs cars and suv have so many flashing red and blue lights that it is just about impossible to see the officer attempting to handle traffic. More older drivers in Florida have vision problems than most other states. I would suggest that some lights should be shut off while on scene to prevent folks from focusing on the lights. Think about the interstate signs that get hit when there is plenty of space to miss it. If you focus on it, you will hit it. Tow trucks are not exempt from the focus and hit reaction. My 2 cents. The towers and others are running empty all over the place with their entire light display on. For the life of me, I can't figure why. Loaded. . maybe. Unloaded.. makes no sense at all. AAA driver told me that AAA suggested it as a safety measure. Cable tv, fuel trucks, equipment haulers must have thought it was cool. Go figure.
  2. Yes !! My flag business used to get really busy just before the 4th of July. Now not so much. You can forget about C'stores and storage businesses. And now some of the McDonalds are not putting flags on their flagpoles anymore. America is still great in my book !!! I guess it is sorta like someone wishing you a "Happy Memorial Day".
  3. Keep up the good work !! Jim in Florida
  4. I was in Sarasota today and was sitting in traffic waiting to get through a construction project. A contractor was installing LED street lights on the newly rebuilt section of the road. He had his bucket truck working on the lamp poles and behind it was a flatbed truck with a lift gate on the back. The lift gate was modified to hold those blue plastic barrels in an upright position. They were supported by some heavy looking racks on the truck side of the lift gate. The truck had a bunch of cones, an arrow board that folded down and amber LEDs on the rear. It looked like it had been whacked a few times but was doing the job. Now, I got to thinking that all the stuff could be made on a subframe and fitted to a cab and chassis of some kind. If the truck died, take it off and put it on another chassis. Lift gates are easy to get used, You could make an arrow board from scratch. Might be worth spending some time drawing. Drums with sand shouldn't be a problem. ( I am cheap !!) JimB
  5. Good to see more input. What would you have to invest to make a traffic control vehicle. I assume an arrow board, amber lights (maybe red to the rear) cones and flares, vests etc. With the investment, a billable fee should be determined and just bill the insurance company as equipment necessary for the job. Include pics and a written description of the use of the traffic control vehicle. A reference to the OSHA in the written description of the requirement for the vehicle to be on scene for the recovery should suffice and you get paid. Here,the LEO usually leaves as soon as possible because of the calls that are backing up as clean-up takes a while at times. On scene traffic control leaves with the LEO. Insurance companies should be informed in the description of the services and equipment you used. Thanks to everyone that input information and suggestions to this thread. Something has got to b e done to make the scene safer. Any work on the side of the highway has just gotten too dangerous to stand by and do nothing. JimB
  6. Good Job! Now take Talon to get some "Throwed Rolls"
  7. 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 !!
  8. Yeah!! Around here, its the winch cable on one end and 1 chain on the other.
  9. 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. . .
  10. Does the first picture ( TRIPPs )explain the proper method of tie down or what !!! I can't remember the last time I saw that.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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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