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    Great section. I thought it would be nice to even break it down further and have fuel haulers in here and give their experiences. We have a lot of our own stories dealing with the public and unloading. Most of us (the ones that I've talked to) love our jobs and wouldn't go back to any other type of trucking so it's good to see recognition. Lets here some stories.

    One of mine;
    The owner of a station checking the underground tank at night and uses a Bic Lighter to see the level on the dip stick. 3rd degree burns on some of his face and a lengthy stay in the hospital.

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    Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more threads from fuel haulers in here. If you've got the time, a day in the life (similar to this thread) would be useful to folks hoping to make the leap to local.

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    I would be really interested to hear about the fuel haulers as it is something i think could be a career progression for myself after i get some more experience hauling tanks and the products i am at the moment. Come on guys , lets hear those stories !

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    Sure is, I start training on the fuel haul next week..

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    Our company has fuel tankers, but now we have another company pulling them.........

    I drove parttime when they needed an extra hand.

    I liked driving at night, the rack was empty, and no one to bother ya at the drops.

    If I was ever out of work, I would look into fuel.........always work there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GasHauler View Post
    Great section. I thought it would be nice to even break it down further and have fuel haulers in here and give their experiences. We have a lot of our own stories dealing with the public and unloading. Most of us (the ones that I've talked to) love our jobs and wouldn't go back to any other type of trucking so it's good to see recognition. Lets here some stories.

    One of mine;
    The owner of a station checking the underground tank at night and uses a Bic Lighter to see the level on the dip stick. 3rd degree burns on some of his face and a lengthy stay in the hospital.
    how is it at your terminals?

    In Ontario, Canada, we are not allowed to open hatches without your glasses strapped to your head, pens in pockets , etc. because someone had a steel pen, or glasses fall in, and create spark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keepitsimple View Post
    how is it at your terminals?

    In Ontario, Canada, we are not allowed to open hatches without your glasses strapped to your head, pens in pockets , etc. because someone had a steel pen, or glasses fall in, and create spark.
    Do you all Top Load in Canada. We bottom load here in the US. The rules varry from state terminal to terminal. We only have one terminal in Savannah Georgia. Here we don't have to wear any perosnal protective gear. We have to turn off our cell phones off once we go in and they have to stay in the truck. Up in N. Augusta they have five terminals and I am carded n 3 of them. in 2 of them you can use your cell phone if you are not under the rack. No PP gear at theese 2 either. At the 3rd no cell phone hard hat eye protection and flame retardent clothing. I The 3rd is my favoriate because of the safety rules no one goes in there. I pull right under a rack get loaded and I am on myh way.

    Gas Hauler is right once you start hauling gas there is no getting away from it. I tried chemicals but I just couldn't stand the appointment times. All that time waiting for loads. With gas you come in pull your assigned loads and go home

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeMac View Post
    Do you all Top Load in Canada. We bottom load here in the US. The rules varry from state terminal to terminal. We only have one terminal in Savannah Georgia. Here we don't have to wear any perosnal protective gear. We have to turn off our cell phones off once we go in and they have to stay in the truck. Up in N. Augusta they have five terminals and I am carded n 3 of them. in 2 of them you can use your cell phone if you are not under the rack. No PP gear at theese 2 either. At the 3rd no cell phone hard hat eye protection and flame retardent clothing. I The 3rd is my favoriate because of the safety rules no one goes in there. I pull right under a rack get loaded and I am on myh way.

    Gas Hauler is right once you start hauling gas there is no getting away from it. I tried chemicals but I just couldn't stand the appointment times. All that time waiting for loads. With gas you come in pull your assigned loads and go home
    It is bottom load..........and all the terminals you need to wear PPE. safety vests, the whole nine yards...........

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    Few years ago was hauling a lot of ethanol due to the train accident near Chicago IL... Quite a few companies were doing it so we had to go farther west with time to get product.

    Most places east, in IL, OH, IN ect. require PPE to load, have security and check your release #(like a Petro Ex) before letting you load.

    I get to a small ethanol plant in western Iowa, early in the morning... Never been there before... Nobody at guard shack, gate is open so I drive up to scale. Nobody there as well, so I enter scale shack. Finally a kid in a Bobcat shows up(must have been about 16 years old)... I tell him I have my realease # etc... He says, "aw just go ahead and load... give it to them in the front office when your done". I say, "Really?, OK".

    So I go back to load, and stop to put on all my PPE, and even my FR coveralls... not knowing their policies... Several guys come out of the plant while I'm doing this and ask what I'm doing... They say, "You don't need all that here.... Dude, your scaring us". I notice, several are wearing cut off shorts, wife beater type T shirts... and one is even wearing flip flops... working inside an ethanol plant.

    It made me laugh out loud... got loaded without PPE and never have been back there since.

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    Some guys i work with dont like to wear goggles or gloves. I got sprayed in the face with product once when unhooking a transfer hose from the small gas powered pump. I dont know why it happened but it sprayed out when i uncoupled the banjo fitting . It burned like all get out when it hit my eyes !

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