I Am Poison To Most Trucking Companies

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Patrick 's Comment
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In March of this year Navajo Express hired me as a solo driver, even though I worked for 8 trucking companies in the past 2 years. Then in April I lost 80% of my hearing on one ear, and knew it would be illegal to drive, and dangerous. I found out it was from an ear infection, and a prescription from a hearing doctor cleared it all up in 3 days. But even though I have documentation Navajo will not hire me back. I was only gone from them for 2 months. Now I am poison to most trucking companies. I either have to leave the trucking business for a while, or find a trucking company that puts more importance on my totally clean driving record and no DWI's or accidents or tickets. Can anybody suggest a company who will listen to me and know that I am a good driver and I am looking for a home with a reputable company.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Pat M.'s Comment
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In March of this year Navajo Express hired me as a solo driver, even though I worked for 8 trucking companies in the past 2 years. Then in April I lost 80% of my hearing on one ear, and knew it would be illegal to drive, and dangerous. I found out it was from an ear infection, and a prescription from a hearing doctor cleared it all up in 3 days. But even though I have documentation Navajo will not hire me back. I was only gone from them for 2 months. Now I am poison to most trucking companies. I either have to leave the trucking business for a while, or find a trucking company that puts more importance on my totally clean driving record and no DWI's or accidents or tickets. Can anybody suggest a company who will listen to me and know that I am a good driver and I am looking for a home with a reputable company.

You are not a poison to trucking companies, you are a poison to yourself. You were warned when you first came here but you knew it all.

Your totally clean driving record does not mean anything if you are not there to drive the truck. Your problem is all the job hopping. I would not even hire you to flip burgers because I want someone that is going to stick around for more than 2-3 months.

You still have not realized that the problem lies with you. Once again we are not getting the full story. Why did you quit to go see a doctor? They took a chance on you the first time and you quit on them just like all the others. Every job you have quit or lost has never been your fault. There has always been an excuse.

You are going to have to go local and put on your big girl panties and live with whatever you get. The only thing that might be doable is running dump truck or belly dump at this point. BUT! Being there every day is probably more important than your driving record.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Sun King's Comment
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Hey Patrick,

It seems like some soul searching is in order. Whenever I run into challenges I look at what I can do instead of what others are doing. The best that can happen is to take that finger which is pointed at your past employers and turn it around. Here are some questions to ask: What can I do to make things better? What changes can I make to get different results?

I leave you with some quotes:

"I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions." - Stephen Covey

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Ghandi

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

"Your life does not get better by chance, It gets better by change." - Unkown

"I am done with the past, the future has plenty of room for change." - Cyrile Dayao

Patrick 's Comment
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IF you really think that trucking companies can do no wrong, then you are in the wrong industry

Bud A.'s Comment
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IF you really think that trucking companies can do no wrong, then you are in the wrong industry

Patrick, if you really think that having 8 jobs in 2 years is the fault of the companies, you are in the wrong industry. I hate to suggest it, but maybe you should try to get some free money from the government or a girlfriend. I don't know if any other way you're going to have a steady income.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Eh, why can't young guys listen?

As my wife always says, it's like talking to a brick wall.

Patrick 's Comment
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And if you think that companies are perfect in every way, then you are in need of therapy. I will give you two examples. What would you do if you had an injury, and workman's comp at your company sent you to a doctor who had a history of alcoholism and drug addiction, diagnosed you with an infection you did NOT have, and gave you a medication that you were allergic to, and if you took it, it would kill you. Would you be able to trust the company and continue working for them? And what would you do if a company brought you on as a solo driver, and during the orientation assigned you a truck. then when orientation was over told you that you did not have quite enough solo experience for them, so they are going to put you with a trainer for 100 hrs................and in the course of the next 12 hours, changed their minds 5 times. Would you question their business decisions and be able to drive for them. These are only two examples of Arnold and SRT.

Bud A.'s Comment
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And if you think that companies are perfect in every way, then you are in need of therapy. I will give you two examples. What would you do if you had an injury, and workman's comp at your company sent you to a doctor who had a history of alcoholism and drug addiction, diagnosed you with an infection you did NOT have, and gave you a medication that you were allergic to, and if you took it, it would kill you. Would you be able to trust the company and continue working for them? And what would you do if a company brought you on as a solo driver, and during the orientation assigned you a truck. then when orientation was over told you that you did not have quite enough solo experience for them, so they are going to put you with a trainer for 100 hrs................and in the course of the next 12 hours, changed their minds 5 times. Would you question their business decisions and be able to drive for them. These are only two examples of Arnold and SRT.

In the first situation, I would say, "Wow, guys, do have another doctor I can see?"

(Please note that I'm have by a hard time ignoring all the red flags of a work comp claim in the first few months of employment, how it is you know anything about the doctor's medical history, and whether you told him all the things you're allergic to. No doctor has ever tried to give me penicillin, but then, I've told every doctor I've seen that I'm allergic to it.)

In the second situation, I would've said, "OK, who's my trainer?" Of course, that's what I did in real life, too, and what lots of drivers who came to a job with their CDL and experience have done. Bet there's at least one who did it this week.

Patrick, it has all been said already. You have made yourself unhireable in this business, and you're going to have a tough time finding a job anywhere that pays decent with your work history. Heck, even most call centers would probably pass on you, and a lot of them hire anyone who can fog a mirror with their breath. I just hope you wake up before you wind up homeless or becoming a burden to your parents...if you aren't already.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Eh, why can't young guys listen?

As my wife always says, it's like talking to a brick wall.

It's kinda like being with someone that has a severed artery, you still have to try and help them.

Patrick, if you think that there is a company out there that is perfect then you are the one that needs therapy.

Patrick 's Comment
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I don't believe you are asking these kinds of questions. I trusted the doctor completely until the next day when I called the X-ray technician. I had the injury cranking the landing gear up on the second day of work. When the X-ray technician told me that the X-rays were all clear, I then checked the Texas Medical Board to see the doctors credentials. I then discovered 10 years of disciplinary actions against the doctor for alcoholism and drug addiction. Then I looked up the medication he prescribed for me, and read that people who are allergic to penicilin should NOT take it. I specifically noted on my papers when I filled out the forms that I was allergic to penicilin. And as far as who is my trainer, the entire matter was right in front of me, and so was the blatant lack of decision making ability. Don't ask me ignorant questions. Workman's comp should have known the history of the doctors it sends drivers to.

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