UPS ordered to reinstate epileptic driver

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  1. rookietrucker

    rookietrucker Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If you look at the weight in the story. Its well under the need for a commercial license. But your right, all UPS needs to step up to the plate and promote him. Get him away from driving. That would have been the right thing to do in the first place. It would have cost them alot less. It should have been like; What can brown do for you? :yes2557:
     
  2. Pete_379X

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    Its too bad that more and more companies don't look into "whats the right thing to do" rather than look into "what looks best on paper".

    Surely there is a management position to stick dude in. Even if its low management.
     
  3. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    Sorry - UPS *IS* wrong. There are varying degrees of epilepsy, and if it's controlable with medications, there's no problem at all with him driving. Those of you in panic mode seem to be equating 'epilepsy' with the hollywood over-dramitization of some poor slob thrashing around on the floor and breaking furniture.

    Yes, it happens - in extreme cases. Epilepsy more commonly evidences as a short period of complete absence, during which time the person's body tends to remain in the last position it took.

    *Furthermore*, epilepsy usually has a trigger. It could be *anything*, but it's generally *only* that one thing. If it's something like eating (I know of at least one case of this), all the driver need to is not eat while on the job. Most epileptics know their trigger and can take steps to avoid it. So long as this driver is unlikely (in the extreme) to encounter his trigger during his working hours, he's no more unsafe than any of us, and probably safer than a large number of us.
     
  4. Ronnocomot

    Ronnocomot Road Train Member

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    I just hope his trigger does not go off while he is barreling down on me on the interstate.

    If this guy does have a seizure (Hollywood type or any other) and causes a wreck, who is going to get sued?
    UPS.
     
  5. Freebird135

    Freebird135 Road Train Member

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    we had a female city driver who started having seizures

    they made her a yard jockey, which i dont see how thats safe, she could have a seizure and run a truck right into the dock or something
     
  6. Baack

    Baack Road Train Member

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    Yeah
    But better than my kids school bus:biggrin_25513:
     
  7. Roadmedic

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    There are many people that have seizures and drive every day.

    Seizures can happen as a result of a head injury and can happen anytime during a period after the injury.

    You do not know who or what the other driver you are meeting may have.
     
  8. Baack

    Baack Road Train Member

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    Your right

    Epilepsy Causes Few Fatal Car Accidents
    Alcohol, Driver Error Are Much More Deadly, Says Survey
    http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/news/20040927/epilepsy-causes-few-fatal-car-accidents
     
    kickin chicken Thanks this.
  9. Mcke

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    From what I have read you have to be completely off medicine for 10 years before you can drive that weight class. But I ran into a driver recently who had a dog that would alert him that he was going to have a seizure? I had a friend in childhood who had epilepsy and for him to be a close friend was very difficult. Epileptic people just aren't 100%. Just on the surface there ok. But just some little things can really irritate them.
     
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