Trailer Injury Protection
FIFTH WHEEL RELEASE LEVER: When possible use a fifth wheel puller extension rod. Face the trailer so as not to be in a twisted position when pulling. Ease the tension on your fifth wheel release by moving tractor ½-1 inch back toward trailer; this will allow the release to be smoother, and should not require as much strength or strain to perform the task.
TRAILER SLIDER LOCK PINS: You may have to move the trailer ½” forward or back to make it easier to move the release bar. Have your body squared away to avoid twisted movements.
CRANKING DOLLIES: Always stand up straight (or bend at the knees). Keep your head and body away from the crank. Do not strain your body by standing in a twisted position. If the dollies are in a bind (not on level ground) you must be extra careful as the crank may go forward or backward due to the bind. If you cannot within reason crank the dollies call maintenance, get help.
TRAILER DOORS: When opening trailer doors you should always keep both hands on the door at all times, if there is strong winds you must be in control to avoid severe damage to your body. Never swing the door open or closed; walk it through the opening or closing to their secured position.
ENTERING & EXITING: Always use 3 Points of Contact, wear protective gear (gloves and closed toe, rubber sole, treaded, oil resistant shoes).
Bend at the knees; back straight.
***Frost Laws in Effect***
With winter weather conditions still prominent in many areas, there are some Seasonalrestrictions (for weight limits and speeds) on roadways due to thaw weakening!
If you see a sign stating Seasonal Weight (Load) Limits in Effect, do not exit or turn onto this road. Fines are in the 1000’s of dollars; in some cases drivers have been arrested (no one wants an arrest record).
In climates which experience belowfreezing temperatures, damage to roads from thaw-weakening have led to many U.S. states and especially county jurisdictions to enact laws restricting vehicle loads during spring months. In these areas road structures are thawing in a manner that limits water from escaping the soil structure, thereby weakening the pavement underpinnings.
The U.S. States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, for example, during months of February through June may reduce legal axle weights of vehicles by up to 35%. Some areas also require heavy vehicles to travel a maximum of 35 miles per hour, regardless of the posted limit.
On the internet you can research which counties have Frost Laws in effect: http://www.comdata.com/fleet-solutions/fleet-resources/spring-frost-laws
Many accidents occur when a driver is operating in severe weather conditions. Super Service, LLC would prefer the driver pull off the road to a safe parking location and wait out the storm or other unsafe conditions rather than putting yourself or others at risk of an accident.
The driver’s safety and the safety of the motoring public are more important than delivery schedules.
When the weather is inclement you need to use your best judgment.
If you do not feel safe or the conditions are beyond your level of experience (don’t try to be a “superman or superwoman”) – STOP!
Find a safe place to park and contact dispatch to report your exact location.
NO FREIGHT IS MORE VALUABLE THAN YOUR LIFE OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS!
There are no winners when it comes to an Inclement Weather Crash
Anytime you have an incident such as needing a tow, a fender bender, a crash, a DOT Roadside Inspection, a written warning, or a citation you must report it as soon as possible.
All documentation should be copied and provided to the Safety Department within 24 hours. This can be handled by sending the documents through TransFlo (preferred), faxing, or hand delivering copies to a Safety Manager.
It doesn’t matter how minor you think the incident is; it must be reported.
Other items which should be reported in a timely manner are: injuries, illness, mechanical issues, conditions which may make on-time delivery impossible.
The Value of Time
How long does it take to do a Pre-Trip? How long does it take to Get Out and Look when Backing, or to properly hook to a Trailer, or to check clearance under an overhang or bridge? Take the time to complete the task fully, it’s worth it.
How long will you be shut down by the DOT when they find the violations you missed because you didn’t do a Pre-Trip? How long will you be when you damage something because you didn’t Get Out and Look to check for clearance?
How long will you be sitting after a crash because you didn’t give the few extra seconds of following distance, or decided to speed because you didn’t plan your time, or let yourself become distracted and didn’t see the dangers seconds ahead of you? Time can be your best asset or your worst nightmare.
Do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, and document the time. Don’t forget to take the time to buckle your seat belt or use three points of contact. Don’t take short cuts. Short cuts can end up cutting yours or someone else’s time short.
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We are currently looking to fill a Logistics Support position in our Lakeland, FL facility. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the Logistics/Brokerage team by entering new carrier packets, processing paperwork, tracking loads, data entry, partnering with customer service on loads, and other administrative duties. Two or more years customer service experience required. Logistics brokerage experience preferred. Must have excellent communication skills and be detail-orienated. To apply, send your resume to: email@example.com
We are looking for Technicians for our busy shops in Ellenwood, GA, Grand Rapids, MI and Somerset, KY. Ideal candidates will have tractor and/or trailer maintenance experience and their own tools. $1,500 sign-on bonus!!! If interested in applying for a Technician position, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org