Ripped diesel pump hose

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Kash's Comment
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So I've had a pretty rough day, and I'm exhausted. I pulled in to fuel and shut down for the night and forgot to remove the second pump hose and ripped it off right at the metal detach piece. They had to cone off the pump and everything. Think I might lose my job over this? I'm starting to kinda panic over it now. I went in and let them know before I moved. But nobody really said anything they just said okay we'll have to cone it off.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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If that's your first accident, you shouldn't lose your job. You'll get saddled with one or two days of safety re-training, but I wouldn't worry about your company firing you. They expect rookies to make mistakes, it's your actions immediately following the mistakes or accidents that go along way in determining your fate. It sounds like you handled it well, owned your mistake; I wouldn't worry too much about losing your job over it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I agree with Pete. Own your mistakes when speaking with the company and do whatever the company asks you to do, if anything. Hopefully they'll just give you a warning or have you come in for a talk. If it's your first incident I certainly wouldn't expect them to fire you over it.

Everyone makes mistakes. Yours was a relatively minor one and I'm sure it's a great lesson in how easily you can miss things when your mind isn't on what you're doing.

Let me say this as some insight to anyone coming into this career. You're going to have some bad days out there where nothing goes your way. It's incredibly important not to sweat the small stuff, and it's pretty much all small stuff in the grand scheme of things. What happens to all of us sometimes is that we get frustrated with something and we let that frustration fester. Then one or two more things happen that day and we get to the point where we're obsessing about everything that has gone wrong. We become distracted by these thoughts and we wind up making more and more mistakes because our mind isn't on what we're doing at the moment.

Just the other day I was pondering something I was frustrated with and I left the house without something I needed. Fortunately I only made it a few minutes down the road before I realized I had to turn back, but that's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. My mind wasn't on what I was doing, it was on something I was frustrated about earlier in the day.

Keep your cool, keep a clear mind, and focus on the moment. Little problems early in the day can become big problems later in the day if you let them.

G-Town's Comment
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Habits, there are good ones, and not so good ones. I have made it a point from day one to always check in both mirrors before I move away from the fuel island. What happened to you has always been a "fear" per se, so I have been vigilant in preventing it. The final mirror check, it's officially a habit, to the point I have actually caught myself doing the same thing in a car.

I agree with Pete and Brett, I seriously doubt you'll lose your job over this. In fact it may fall below the radar of preventables and be designated an incident that will not be reported on your DAC.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Those companies that employ rookies know they are bound to mess up. They accept that as a necessary risk and cost of doing business with employing rookies.

I am going to share an incident that happened at my company. The individual had a chance to keep his job; however, his actions proved to be the individuals downfall. We had a Rookie that turned onto a road with a railroad crossing. The road was marked 'no trucks'. The individual dropped his trailer off the curb and into a ditch. He became stuck with his tractor on the tracks. To the individuals misfortune a train was coming. The individual panicked and took many innapropriate actions. He attempted to keep going forward instead of backing off the tracks. The individual failed to contact the railroad. And the individuals biggest mistake, they stayed in the truck. The tractor was struck by the train just behind the sleeper. The individual was launched out of the cab of the tractor by the force of the collision. The individual did survive the incident. After recovering, Wolding offered to keep the individual on. The individual only had to take some safety classes and go thru the entire training process again. Same testing done for orientation, go back out with a trainer, etc... the individual became indignant about it. Needless to say, the individual was terminated at that point. If the individual had remained humble and accepted his retraining without complaint, they would still be driving today. However, I doubt the individual has any chances of continuing in this profession now. With a major accident on his record and not much experience, I am fairly sure he has become persona non grata to this industry.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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