Unsecured load violation

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  1. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I am a hotshot driver in the oilfield and today I was pulled over in Oklahoma by the Highway Patrol and he performed a level 1 inspection on me.

    I was issued a "unsecured load violation" for 2 of my straps not touching a piece in the middle of the pallet I had on the deck.

    Will this go on my record? Will this hurt me getting hired on with a different company? How much will it affect the company CSA score?


    The trooper was very nice and told me he wanted to help me learn since I am a new driver and actually took the time to show me some tips & tricks for securing little pieces like that so I won't get into trouble again. I feel really bad about it because this is the first level 1 I have not passed in the 4 I have received in my 6 months of driving at my first trucking company.
     
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  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Do u have pics of what was unsecured?
     
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    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Take it as a learning experience, and move on.

    If there is a hit on your record it will pass with time.
    And he did offer advice to help you.
     
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  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Dont worry about it. It happens to the best of us. If u ever need help securing something dont be afraid to start a thread in the flatbed forum on here. Alot of smart flatbedders on this site... them dot love yall hotshots. 4 level 1s in 6 months proves it lol. The violation goes against ur record but it aint a big deal
     
  5. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I do not. It was a pallet with 4 little subs. 2 lager ones on the outside and 1 smaller one in the middle.
     
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    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    If you are ever unsure, post pictures to TTR, some of us will evaluate your work.

    Your Lawman teaching you at the Level One is truly one of the good ones. You want to keep him along =)

    Some Lawmen are tinpots and will not bother with you. But the few that takes time to teach you a few things they are the ones who will make you a brighter future.

    I am less concerned with the failed inspection but rather you learn and maybe get ideas how to post imagery next time you are not sure of a load. Have at it.
     
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  7. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    How did cop tell u to secure it? If it was a front pallet, some cross straps can help keep the pig eyes off of it. If its a pallet in the middle braced between a pallet in front and behind then the cop was wrong
     
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    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    He had me run another strap through the pallet, up over the little sub that had no straps touching it, then back out the other side to hook to rub rail.
     
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    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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  10. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I most defientley learned and will never let that happen again. I always do my best to make sure my load securement is up to par when hauling drilling tools. I was assigned a crosstown run today hauling little oilfield equipment pieces and I just didn't take the time to make sure every little tubular had a strap on it and It was my lucky day to get pulled over. Live and learn.

    He technically could have put me OOS but he helped me fix it, wished me a happy holiday and I was back on the road.
     
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