Shipper/receiver telling you to turn off your truck to get loaded

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  1. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    Usually. I've had to back into docks or narrow loading bays with open deck.

    No matter what, the shippers and receivers have rules to follow with open deck. No idle. Must be outside the truck behind cones 30' away. Must wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including hard hat, safety glasses, high impact gloves, steel toed boots, hearing protection, fire resistant clothes, etc.

    I can't think of a sector of trucking that would be immune from safety rules at customers.
     
  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Hahaha u aint lyin about that . every mital steel ive been to is like that. Steel mills are really just the grocery warehouses of the flatbed world. Plan on spending half the day getting loaded , oh and u still got to tarp lol. I think ive ever been told once to turn off my truck but i was at a GAF warehouse gETTINg shingles in baltimore, so its against the law to idle anyways. I hit a dock a couple days ago , up in pennsburg pa, . it was at the weirdest angle , i hit it in 1 try , just had to set it up with the angle of,the dock and u could get it . plenty of room to manuevwr. the forklift guy came out and he said no ####in way did u already hit that dock, i aint seen nobody hit that in 1 try in the longest time. made me feel like a supertrucker, he said they usually go in for lunch break and come back and the drivers still tryin to hit it lol . now that i think of it i hit 3 docks this week.. Pretty rare for me
     
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    Man the best is when u get to a place like that with 35 signs showing u all the PPE u need, and theres always one jackwagon that gets out of his truck with basketball shorts and t shirt and flip flops then complain when they wont even talk to him at the paperwork window lol
     
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  4. my favorite is when they're forced to do the walk of shame..
    has a shuffle back in their flip flops for everybody to see and then they come walking back up with a pair of closed toed shoes..
    LMAO
     
  5. Lepton1

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    Pipe yards are also notorious for taking all day, especially if you are picking up or delivering oil drilling pipe or casing.
     
  6. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    MY favorite moment was the first day I made over $1000 for a day's work, as a company driver. I was getting 25% of any gross revenue earned to the truck.

    There were 8 of us that picked up drill pipe at a yard in Oklahoma for delivery at an oil rig in SE New Mexico. I arrived at the oil rig the next morning last in line. The guy in front of me was an owner operator pulling his first load for our company.

    As is the thing with deliveries like this, everyone takes off all straps, leaving two straps near the front and back stack of dunnage. The driver in front of me didn't do a thing. He left all his straps in place.

    Then it was his turn to go into the oil rig. He goes in and walks into the company man's trailer wearing tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and no hard hat. Things are taking a WHILE. Then I get a call from dispatch, telling me to go ahead and unload my trailer, then go hook to that man's trailer and unload it.

    The way things worked at our company, the driver that delivers the load gets ALL the money. I was slated to make $550 for my load. I made $1100 because that idiot couldn't follow the rules. The company man was HOT. You don't want to piss off a company man. He's like the captain of a ship. He's God, Satan, and your mother all rolled into one. You don't cross that line.
     
  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    Your right about my words. However, the words used were not the message I wanted to convey. What I was trying to say is dock's that tightly control how you park and where want these things. Not so much they want the engine off, they want the keys.

    On a side note, I once had a trailer I was picking up stuck in one of those trailer ICC bumper latches. I like to never got that dang thing to release.
     
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  8. Lepton1

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    I witnessed a driver pull away from the dock without first doing a GOAL to make sure the chocks were out AND the ICC bumper latch was unlatched. He was right next to me. When he started to pull forward I saw in my rear view as his trailer started to rise up over the chocks, then his engine STRAINED and "BAM!!!" his ICC bumper let go. It was a mess. His ICC bumper was sticking out 4' off the end that didn't snap. The bumper catcher at the dock was ####ed up. That was an expensive mistake.
     
  9. Moose1958

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    I was told those ICC bumper units are 2 pieces. One-piece looks a bit like a drywall anchor and is buried in concrete. The main piece is connected to that piece with several large bolts. Depending on how extensive the damage is the cost to fix one could be a few hundred to several thousand bucks. One of my old carriers had to replace one that an OO yanked out.
     
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  10. Lepton1

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    Then take into account the number of days that dock is inoperable until it is repaired. Lost revenue adds up at a busy warehouse that needs all docks functioning.
     
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