Sometimes we need to prove a point

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by JoeyJunk, Aug 9, 2022.

  1. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    i actually worked for a driver leasing company, and they gave me the Pepsi account as well.

    but i had the 2 litre bottles, and the dock workers simply did not shrink wrap them properly. got to my destination and they all fell over.

    i had to restack them..period.

    the next night, different warehouse to go to, but same problem.

    i was told to restack them, i said "ok, i'll be right back"..

    dropped the trailer, took the tractor back to the starting point, parked it, went home

    leasing company boss called to ask me what happened, he then said I WAS NEVER to restack.....when he found out they made me do it?

    he offered me another assignment....i said "shove it"..."i ain't chancing anymore work for you".....
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  3. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    The problem is building a bulkhead in the middle.

    Years ago Miller tried to do that and it never worked. Double/single/double/single works best for cans and small bottles. For 1 and 2 liters, they're going to shift unless the pallet is built REALLY well.

    A better idea is make more but shorter pallets to shift the weight back while still leaving the pallets two by two. Like Campbell s does.
  4. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    Soda was the first load I ever got huffy with a shipper. Pulled out from the dock to close the doors, went "NOPE" and backed right back in. Refused to pull out until they fixed it because I knew I would be waiting 3 hours or more to get back in the dock.

    After much back and forth I was almost browbeat into submission when I got the shipping clerk to agree to stamd on the dock and watch me slide my tandems. I Pulled up and she stopped me before I could slide them - the load had already shifted.
  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    Not sure if I get the point proven here, as there was major stuff ups all round here, the fork lift driver obviously did not know how to load a truck for a long haul trip, were you allowed to be inside the trailer while it was being loaded? if not then the blame lies squarely with the loaders / shippers, years ago I had a part time job loading shipping containers by hand no pallets we just jammed in boxes in a 20' shipping container, as we went through the load the shipper would take photo's to show that everything was intact, so when it got to the delivery point and they opened up the container and something was damaged we could say well it did not happen at our end and could prove it with the photo.

    Unless I personally knew who the loader operator was and could rely on him or her to do a good job I'd have to see how they loaded the trailer before leaving. The other thing I noticed over there is how unsecure a lot of loads are in reefers and dry goods trailers, no boards, no bars in front of, behind or in between pallets, with the pallets only being lightly wrapped, however due to the very smooth roads I understand why that is not needed for single pallets very low to the floor, however what they sometimes forget about is when pallets are double stacked, this is a recipe for disaster as once you move forward the first thing that's going to happen is the top heavy pallet is going to flip straight back, unless its boarded up with a bar behind and boarded in front also to stop it moving forward under breaking. Boards in between pallets will of course stop the pallets moving sideways, yes in 11 months of driving I only had two loads fall over and both coincidentally were either double stacked or just really high pallets of produce in either case neither pallets were boarded up and it was obvious what was going to happen fortunately I did not get the blame for it.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2022
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  6. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    Pepsi in omaha gave my company the run around.
    Load went back to the yard to get reworked...back to Pepsi who again refused it ...back to yard where it sat so long it went out of date and to the dump it went .
  7. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Land of local
    Next time I grab a load of beer I'll pay better attention. Those pallets look like they're stacked a few cases higher than the ones I get
  8. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

    Apr 25, 2021
    Exactly. Better than some illegal. I'd rather help a brother instead of my replacement.
  9. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Washington, PA
    Yes. So what? He came without a receipt book. He has no tax ID. I assume he’s not a legit lumper, but some goofball who can’t or doesn’t want a normal job. Im lucky the broker accepted the notebook paper receipt. So my knocking was well deserved.
  10. lester

    lester Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    NW, Iowa
    Someone showed up to do the job you were waiting for. I'd just be happy about that
  11. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    So did they load all the pallets leaning to the right? Or did you take a left turn too fast? The whole load is shifted, even the double pallets.
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