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Christopher L.'s Comment
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I was knew to the trucking business and joined up with a small company. I drove for hem for 9 months and during that 9th month disaster struck me. My Uncle past way and I was upset while trying to back a trailer in for a drop and hook and scraped paint with another trailer then trying to prevent some guy from hitting me I had to basically jackknife my truck to the right and got my trailer stuck in the mud with a 40k load. And then on a stormy night bob-tailing backwards into a parking spot that was uphill, I hit the cement lip of the parking area and my truck jumped and slid to the right and I nicked the step on one of our other trucks and tore the step off. When I went into the safety meeting for the last one we had talked about the rash of things that had happened to me and then the subject of my home time was brought up. Out of the 9 months that I was out driving I asked for home time 4 times and never got the days I asked for off except once and that one time I had to fight tooth and nail to get off because my mother was having surgery. That was at the end of August. I asked for either the week of Thanksgiving off or Christmas off cause I knew I wasn't going to be able to get both off and was told that I wasn't going to be able to get any home time off except for Christmas day until after December 7th. I had already been on the road for 2 months when I asked in the last week of October. So I'd have to spend almost 5 months on the road before I could take any home time off. When I went into the safety meeting I knew that I was going to get reemed for the accident and preventable s, what I wasn't expect to hear was "We are having a hard time getting you home for home time and we think it best if we parted ways?" and I agreed and they shipped me off home that same day. A day or two after a long bus ride through 4 states I started the search for a new company to drive for. At first I wasn't getting any responses then a couple of recruiters called me and THAT'S when I found out that my former company had posted on my record that I am considered a safety hazard. I'm new to this, but can they actually do that? It's preventing me from getting a new job and I keep getting told that I have to wait 5 years before these other companies will consider hiring me. Now my savings is almost gone, I lost my car, my bills are stacking up, I'm about to become homeless and am being denied unemployment and I just don't know what to do...

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Susan D. 's Comment
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So basically you are saying that you had 3 preventables in a month? What companies did you apply to? And did you use tge job search thing on this site where you can submit 1 application which will be sent to numerous companies?

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The job search thing on this site where you can submit 1 application which will be sent to numerous companies?

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BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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