Sweeping the flatbed

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Michael H, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Michael H

    Michael H Medium Load Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    It seems to me, the receiver purchased the load. The whole load. So shouldn't they be sure to take the whole load off the deck?

    I just had a guy laugh at me when I asked them to take all their garbage and scraps off the deck when they unloaded me. He said it's my responsibility.

    I don't agree with this. I picked up the load with a clean flatbed, shouldn't I leave with a clean flatbed? Why are we drivers being asked to clean up other peoples' messes? The yard guy should be getting up and sweeping the deck as part of the unload process.

    I ended up borrowing a broom and sweeping the deck...right onto their yard. Now they can pick up their scraps like they should have in the first place.
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  3. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    The reality proves otherwise. Unless it states so in the rate con or the bill of lading it's not going to happen. Save yourself the aggravation and buy a broom or a leaf blower.
  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    I ask for a broom, and do it myself. They aren't going to do a good job anyway, and the last thing I want is some dummy falling off my trailer and getting my insurance involved.
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  5. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Heavy Load Member

    Jun 8, 2018
    I carry a broom. I don't want some small piece of trash or a rock falling off and hitting a car. If it is big stuff I put it in their dumpster or put it in a neat pile.
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  6. Biomagnum

    Biomagnum Light Load Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Yep, carry a broom. Like others said-they won’t do it or do a poor job. I also left it all at their location-usually neatly!
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  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    It doesn't happen often but when it does we clean our own trailer. There's a box of garbage bags in each truck.
    Why make a big deal out of something that's just going to irritate everybody?
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I refuse to take trash back on my liftgate trailer.

    Pallets are one thing, but I draw the line at plastic and cardboard. You can get rid of that yourself. I’m not tripping over your crap the rest of the day.
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  9. User666

    User666 Medium Load Member

    Sep 22, 2020
    Northeast Ohio
    I agree with your presumption one hundred percent but I carry a broom and sweep accordingly. However, anything I don't want to keep for myself goes into the nearest trashcan/dumpster at the receiver or right there on the ground where they offloaded me. It's their trash. They can deal with it but I like sweeping my own trailer clean. The only job done right is the one you do yourself.

    I did a bulk load in my end dump a few months ago and the receiver wanted me to use their broom to clean the area around the hopper that I dumped into. They insisted I use my coal chute instead of popping the gate. Doing it their way takes longer and makes more of a mess. Needless to say I did NOT sweep the area and never returned. I asked them for my time card and what the hourly wage was before I made that decision. They didn't want to pay me so it didn't get done by me.
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  10. slow pok

    slow pok Light Load Member

    Oct 27, 2013
    lizela ga
    U make a mess in my van u clean it or it won’t move nor will unloaded call happen till done. It’s there stuff. Don’t like it call the boss and c what the clean out fee is
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  11. Mike250rs

    Mike250rs Medium Load Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    Battery powered leaf blower.. blow it off and leave.
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