Fired for load shift, deemed preventable by safety.

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  1. chelspooh01

    chelspooh01 Bobtail Member

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    I’m a fairly new driver and I was recently fired for a load shift. No other vehicle(s) were damaged and the truck was fine. There was damage to the trailer and the company’s safety department deemed it preventable. I only have 3 1/2 months of experience. That was my first incident with the company. So far no company will hire me due to me being fired so recently, February 16, 2024, because of a safety incident. Any advice or does anyone know of any companies that would hire me right now? Thanks.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Several companies will hire you.
    Where is your location; which state and nearest town?
    Do you have endorsements?
     
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  4. pnw guy

    pnw guy Light Load Member

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    Where is home for you?
    Auto restriction or endorsements?
    Any tickets or accidents on your license either personal or commercial?

    @Chinatown might have a few suggestions.
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    201 Road Train Member

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    Sheesh, that's a new one for me, loads "shifted" all the time. The company is banking on the fact, the load shifted because of an unsafe driving move, and I've never heard of such foolishness. I'm continually flabbergasted at the tactics of these companies pull, If it was me, they'd all be pricing dentures, but I'm an edgy type in those matters. I suppose one could go back to the load shift time, and see any driving issues, but that's a new low. I still think these companies do unscrupulous things to "get back" at the driver. Never used to be that way. :biggrin_25513:
     
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  7. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Guess there’s two trains of thought. A load isn’t going to move on its own without outside forces. I doubt this person was driving straight down the road and the load decided to move all by itself to the point it damaged the trailer. My opinion was formed by working for my old boss. He’d always say there’s no such thing as a shifting load. It was either loaded wrong to start with , not properly secured, or a combination of both.
     
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  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Even livestock, standing on four feet, and despite all the lunch counter trucker tales, won’t “shift” without outside input of some kind.
     
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  9. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    Depends.
    Was it a dry van, that was sealed and the driver had no access to secure the load.
    Was it a flat deck and the driver was too lazy to secure the load with enough straps or chains.
    Was it a liquid bulk tanker with no baffles and the driver made or had to make a sudden maneuver.
     
  10. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

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    Pictures , how bad was it? Did it cause an overnight ticket?
     
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  11. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Or, in this case I could easily go with inexperience since he only had 3 months driving. I'm not discounting laziness, but certainly could be inexperience.
     
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