Pin lock defective

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  1. KeepTrucksAlive

    KeepTrucksAlive Bobtail Member

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    I have a driver whose empty container lifted off the front of the chassis from a gust of wind while taking a corner. The back latches were connected, so the container literally fell on its side. Is driver able to view front of chassis and pins as a part of pre inspection? Who is responsible for being sure the container is locked into chassis when it is placed onto chassis?
     
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  3. Bean Jr.

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    The driver is responsible for making sure the pin locks are locked. Both the push locks and the twist locks
     
  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Easy to see, and definitely driver responsibility
     
  5. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    You can see in these pics how easy it is to verify the pins are locked, and if you look from the side you can also easily see that the pins are actually engaged into the container. 20180704_103636.jpg 20180704_104406.jpg
     
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  6. KeepTrucksAlive

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    Read the police report. If it identifies issues with pin lock and confirms driver could not see this problem during pre inspection, especially if Officer is specialized in trucking.
     
  7. WCA64T SFA

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    Is this your driver?
     
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  8. ProfessionalNoticer

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    Your driver is 100 percent at fault. Not only did he fail to set the locks but he also didn't bother to secure them with a zip tie or some sort of wire to prevent them from unlatching.
     
  9. SmallPackage

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    Years ago we had a container and chassis of small offroad tires dropped on a dock in San Antonio and the truck left back to Houston. 15 mins later we were shooting the bull around it with another driver that was visiting from the warehouse across the lot and one of the warehouse guys noticed none of the latches were locked. I still shudder to think that thing rode all the way from Houston on I-10 that way and didn’t budge.
     
  10. wis bang

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    Global Marine Terminal, Newark; way before the appointment system which eliminated long lines outside the gate every moning.

    Operator decides he's gonna' short cut things and pulls his pin locks while waiting on the shoulder outside the gate.

    As the line starts to move, he drives thru that 'big Ole puddle' and the box pops loose landing out of kilter and sticking out into traffic...I think B & L Towing made a nice morning's income on that one....

    Remember the pins, even when 'scecured' and flagged with zippie ties, are not all that much.

    Another operator coming around the ramp from the turnpike exit onto the feeder highway [I'm betting too fast but he swears not] and the box came off, flopped over on it's roof pancaking the cargo.

    He had to goto local court as the turnpike authority charged him $200.00 fine for messng up their grass.....
     
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  11. striker

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    100% driver responsibility to ensure containers are secured to the chassis, that's part of the pre-trip, and if pulled for a level one, the inspector will check, unlocked pins are also an automatic OOS violation, and the fines are calculated per unlocked pin. In Colorado, it was $56 per pin 10 yrs ago, not sure what it is now, absolutely zero excuses for hauling a container with the pins unlocked, if they can't be secured in the locked position, the container should be flipped to a different chassis
     
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