rreschran Posted July 21, 2020 Share Posted July 21, 2020 From another tow forum, one tower posted a picture of his injured back citing that someone on the highway failed to slow-down and move-over and brushed by him. Based on his comments, it suggests he was working on the white-line side of traffic when he narrowly excaped injury. For years, I've been teaching that the entire load process for wheellifts and carriers (on the highway) can be done entirely from the non-traffic side when practiced with an emergency mindset. Now, hold-on a sec, this process doesn't include the perfect four-point tie-down or the addition of complete safety chains, straps or extension lights. What the process means, load the vehicle in the fastest possible manner, secure the non-passenger side restraints, and then, drive to the first, widest or safest location where the load and tie-down process can be completed. If that means getting off the highway ... so be it. I dislike hearing towers who say, "I've never been hit", or, "It hasn't happened to me yet." There has to be a culture change where towers fully understand the deadly process of working highway shoulders. To that I'll say, "Pain is a powerful motivator", and I'll bet this young tower is (hopefully) enough to have learned a valuable lesson. Maybe my choice using the word, "ignorance", is unfair, but what does it take to get the point across? Being "unfair" doesn't say it like it is ... work off the white-line and increase the odds of survival. Because SDMO doesn't work and won't work into the future, survival is an individual mindset where staying away from traffic is a conscious choice. R. 2 Quote Randall C. Resch Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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