Driver beware

Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by Ohionative, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. luvtotruck

    luvtotruck Road Train Member

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    Is this the plastic that the mattress is wrapped in from the manufacturer? These mattresses are not to be used by multi drivers, they are meant to be kept with the driver, If the driver leaves then it is the companies responsibility to replace the mattress, This plastic is meant to protect the mattress in transit from dirt and grease, not for the driver to sleep on or anything else, I ALWAYS throw the plastic away! If it was meant to be slept on it would allow my body to breath while being on top of it, I use sheets and blankets between me and it but this is wrong, I certainly would be getting to the bottom of this! He is being held liable for the Dr. Bill as well as his trip home. I wouldn't accept that sitting down.
     
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  3. Ohionative

    Ohionative Bobtail Member

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    He was a new driver and the mold was behind the lining in the bunk. He said the truck was really clean when he got in it so he never even thought of any problems. I haven't spoke to him in awhile he may have resolved it.
     
  4. speedracer 1963

    speedracer 1963 Medium Load Member

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    there are many companies out there that dont care about the company trucks inside or out. Its the same game as always, your responsible for all violations and who cares about the comfort level.

    in other words... the double standard is alive and well in trucking
     
  5. KW Cajun

    KW Cajun Road Train Member

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    "Found out the bunk was full of MOLD behind the liner."

    The key issue here is... what are you calling "the liner"?
    If it's the plastic on the bedding (as luvtotruck was talking about) then the mattress should have been changed with each new assignee of that truck.
    But if you're referring to MOLD being behind the interior walls/panels of the truck, then that is beyond a driver's ability to check for.
    With proper investigation, this may result in showing that the mold problem was knowingly hidden.
    If there was any prior knowledge of the mold (or reasonable likelyhood of mold growing, due to past water damage/infiltration) by the former driver or company, then that would be a huge case against them, for non-disclosure of a significant mold health-risk.

    The OP's post details are unclear to say definitively who is accountable/liable.
     
  6. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    All he has to do is file a complaint with the workers comp board in the state of his business. He can do that online. They'll be on him like a fly on stink. They don't play around either. They'll slap him with a $10K fine if he doesn't file a claim or take care of him.
     
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  7. Ohionative

    Ohionative Bobtail Member

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    The padded lining on the walls of the bunk. Must have had a window leak and the water ran down the wall behind the wall lining
     
  8. KW Cajun

    KW Cajun Road Train Member

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    Condo is absolutely correct. File claim to Workers Comp immediately.
    This is a definite work related injury/illness and the company is way "off-base" in not providing for his medical needs, transportation, etc.
    Further (optional) legal actions can follow, if needed, based on many issues not yet known.
     
  9. Polarbear

    Polarbear Light Load Member

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    Ummm, can you say Lawsuit?
     
  10. Ohionative

    Ohionative Bobtail Member

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    I am sure he has done something to take care of it. This happened last year and i lost touch with him. I posted this mainly because to let new and old drivers getting into a used truck it may be a real pain in the tusch but ck the truck thoroughly! I am going to be honest if i climbed into a truck that was clean including new mattress i wouldnt think to look behind the wall linings in the bunk. Trust me I will now!
     
  11. Starboyjim

    Starboyjim Road Train Member

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    I read this thread, and while it's disgusting, it's another reminder that no one is out there watching over us. We have to take care of ourselves all the time, in every way. Too bad about the friend, for sure, but we just can't place blame on anyone but ourselves.
     
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