Seat belt and shoulder belt...?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by REO6205, Jun 14, 2019.

Seatbelts?

Poll closed Jan 14, 2020.
  1. All the time

    83.8%
  2. Whenever I think about it

    1.9%
  3. In bad weather

    1.9%
  4. Only when crossing a scale

    10.5%
  5. Never.

    2.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. cjb logistics

    cjb logistics Heavy Load Member

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    Always for 20+ years now!

    Yes should be my right to or not to... 'but I wouldn't'!

    But like someone said; those who don't and the worst happens and live, typically do become a burden on others in crippled, etc.

    It is an insurance issue also, didn't have on... no payee family!
     
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  3. The Gels

    The Gels Light Load Member

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    I believe one of the reasons they enforce seatbelts is that it keeps you in your seat and able to control your vehicle. Imagine hitting something that would otherwise toss you out of your seat and then you have whatever you were driving going off and doing its own thing.
     
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  4. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

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    Isn’t a seatbelt how the Def Leppard drummer lost his arm? Asking seriously. That was before my time and it seems like I heard that.
     
  5. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    It was improperly fastened and he was ejected.
     
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  6. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    I have talked with both truck drivers and supervisors who work for both United Parcel Service, (ground), and UPS Freight.

    From what I understand from all of them, UPS is one of the most strict of all companies, possibly the most strict company, to work for in the trucking and logistics business, in the United States of America, along with other countries throughout the world.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!
     
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  7. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    I don't drive a truck, however, I do wear seat belts all the time in my car, even if I am just moving my car a few feet away.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!
     
  8. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    I can tell ya first hand that in package you are hooked up to a sensor to see if your belt is connected that management can watch in real time and if you get caught with it off you are done. I seen one guy get his job back after getting caught with a old belt end plugged into the receiver (they can watch it so hard they could see that he wasn't buckling and unbuckling and also that he had tripped his bulkhead door sensor so it "wasn't" opening and closing) he had 22 years in if I remember correctly and was out of work for like 9 months before they let him come back.....don't get caught with it off.
     
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  9. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

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    What with the bulkhead door sensor? Is that supposed to be closed in transit also or what’s the purpose of tracking the goings ons of that door?
     
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  10. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    There is a safety aspect to it, back in the day before anyone cared to enforce rules I have had to hit the brakes and had the cab full of boxes. The real reason is that it is actually a FAA rule stating that it must be closed because the trucks carry air packages. I started in December of 2001 so I don't know if that was a post 9-11 rule or if it was like that before also.
     
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  11. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

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    Ah! This makes sense. I figured it might of had something to do about packages making their was into the cab, I hadn’t thought of the whole air freight thing. Thanks for the explanation. And whatever you get paid dude isn’t enough. My parents neighbor works for UPS and in August, he looks absolutely exhausted drained tired. All at once. I think he said he did like 110 stops and drank like 3 gallons of water or something crazy one day. That’s a tough job that a lot of people think “oh I could do that”, without realizing the physicality and stress of it all. My hats off to ya.
     
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