Ever fallen off the cab of your truck?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by truckthatpassesyouby, Jul 11, 2017.

Ever fallen off your cab?

  1. Yes, once.

  2. Yes, more than once.

  3. Not yet.

  1. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Meadville, PA
    Twice. Once jumping out of the cab (permanent cartilage damage to knee), once off the catwalk.

    Falling hurts.
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  2. Green_20

    Green_20 Light Load Member

    May 24, 2012
    North Carolina
    Twice out of the trailer when my boot heel caught the lip near the door. Tiny scratches was all their was from it. The 2nd time I done it though I almost fell on my face, still landed in a puddle. :(
  3. TylerD

    TylerD Bobtail Member

    May 21, 2017
    Ran over a single gator one night. Stopped to check for damage. Didn't realize bottom step was broken and ended up in middle of the road. Luckily had pulled on to exit ramp and no traffic or might had looked like sucicde. LOL
  4. Duck Triver

    Duck Triver Bobtail Member

    May 15, 2017
    I have not earned my CDL yet, but my stepfather was a driver for many years, one day he was exiting his cab, snagged his wedding ring somehow, and pulled the skin off his ring finger, degloved completly! Ive learned from his pain, and never wear my wedding ring while working, mechanic for years and manual machinist myself, jewelry can be very dangerous, be careful getting out of your rigs!
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  5. JReding

    JReding Road Train Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    Puyallup, WA
    Missed the top step a couple times when I was young, stupid, and in a hurry. Bruised shins ro prove it each time.

    Misjudged the size if a liftgate surface area at my last job (newer gates had a narrower platform than the old ones), went backwards off the edge and broke my right arm when I landed.

    My most frightening one was when I was driving chemical tankers back in 1993 (briefly, I'll never do it again). I was getting ready to crack open the valve topside on a load of bleach at the Weyerhaeuser paper plant bioponds in Cosmopolis, WA. As I reached for the valve, the PVC elbow burst. I was instantly under a geyser of bleach. My helmet was knocked off and found fifty feet away from the truck. I couldn't see anything, was disoriented, and couldn't find the ladder to get down. Rather than misstep off the catwalk and risk breaking my neck, I opted to jump off the catwalk to the ground, realizing later I could have broken my legs, ankles, whatever. Somehow I found the emergency shower and then emergency phone to call for help. I lasted another two weeks before I quit, my nerves were on edge whenever I reached for the valve after that.
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  6. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    I like your new picture. Did someone draw it for you?
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  7. JReding

    JReding Road Train Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    Puyallup, WA
    LOL, thanks, but no. Believe it or not, it was from some Facebook app that lets you see what you would "look like as a piece of art". I borrowed it for my profile over there, and got a pretty good response, so it's my profile for everything now.
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  8. cnsper

    cnsper Road Train Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Trailers have doors?
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  9. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Went out the improper way facing outward missed the top step and was hanging there by the steering wheel I was holding on to. Felt pretty dumb. My buddy I was teaming with was a big 300lb guy. Went through a ice storm in Philly he was trying to hop into the cab with a drink in his hand didn't realize the top step was iced up slipped landed on his knee and shattered it completely. Took him 6 months to fully recover.
  10. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    How many six packs had they drunk before it happened? :D
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