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Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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If anyone starts driving port using intermodel chassis remember to lock the container down.

I saw a guy dump a container the other day in Seattle after coming out of a shipper.

The fully loaded container landed about 5 feet from some occupied cars going the other direction.

Our containers run up to 70k pounds.

No injuries, thank God. But wow!

Be careful and check and recheck eveything.

Firemarshalbill,

"Let me show you something!!!"

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rick S.'s Comment
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^^^^^ This...

I've worked on the port (longshoreman) - drivers always need to lock the pins down on the corners of the bomb cart (that's what they call container trailers).

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There's a number of different types of levers that work the locking pins, but you can always look through the hole in the container, to make sure they're locked in.

DO MAKE SURE they're locked in. At the yard I worked in, I would drop the container onto the trailer - and the driver would roll off. There was an "inspection station" before you left the yard, where you're supposed to verify the cans are locked in, and your lights and stuff all work.

Down here at Port Everglades - DOT frequently hangs outside the port gates, pulling trucks in for inspection.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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Same procedures here in Seattle area. Always a stop before going out to lock down the container.

I usually try and find a place out of traffic while at the port to lock down. Been manya times when the container needed to be repositioned for the locks to work.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You're better of trying to jam the locks down, before the top loader pulls away then.

I've run a top loader, and the heavy fork down on the port. Some of those carts are pretty beat up - a lot of them, the locks are screwed for being in the locked position and having people drop boxes on them. We can't see the locks from up on the toploader - so we depend on the TT driver to make sure they're good.

The carts used to go to/from the stacks to the cranes, have the locks removed - they're not used when doing internal moves on the port. Toploader operators also can't see the pins on the far side (obviously), we have to depend on the cart not being too beat up, that all 4 pins will align when we get the nearside on.

Rick

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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