Noticed My Air Tank Hanging

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Jamie's Comment
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I'm hoping I'll be fine until I get to our OC in Edwardsville tomorrow, then I'm have them fix it along with some damage to the trailer I picked up as a relay.

The guy marked it had no damages, but there seems to be some type of hole in the trailer and has a taillight out...

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Jamie's Comment
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It's covered up by some patch or something. Not sure if I should call it on tonight or wait until I get to our OC tomorrow, only about 350 miles away.

CK's Comment
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It's covered up by some patch or something. Not sure if I should call it on tonight or wait until I get to our OC tomorrow, only about 350 miles away.

I would call it in... the more upfront you are about damage the less likely you'll get blamed for it, right? Do you have a macro for trailer inspection that you can send in?

Jamie's Comment
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It's covered up by some patch or something. Not sure if I should call it on tonight or wait until I get to our OC tomorrow, only about 350 miles away.

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I would call it in... the more upfront you are about damage the less likely you'll get blamed for it, right? Do you have a macro for trailer inspection that you can send in?

I always take pictures when picking up trailers that have any type of damages, which they are timestamp and has the location of where the pictures were taken. Simply to avoid getting blamed. I decided to wait until I get to the OC which I'm not to far away now. But we'll see how it goes.

Jamie's Comment
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I'm about 137 miles away, so far so good. I passed a few troopers already, might have gotten lucky with them not seeing it.

Nolan's Comment
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Fingers crossed! good-luck-2.gifgood-luck.gif

PJ's Comment
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Jaime this is very good for 2 training points.

First you noticied this and it was second nature... That is awesome you are at that point... Everyone should be.. Things can and will break no matter what. The things we put our equipment through is rough on it. Just because something looks good at the beginning of your shift, doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Every time I walk away from my truck and trailer I am scanning them as well as when I walk back toward them. Most of the time everything is fine, however it only takes one time for bad things to happen. And the worse it is, the higher the cost.

Next, you learned about making a command decision... Noone can tell you if its the right call to make or not, its your judgement that matters.

You had 2 choices.. You could have sat and waited for a mobile repair to come and fix it. If you would have choose that option, not a thing wrong with it. Your call.

You choose to secure it the best you could and roll it back to the shop. Again your call. You assessed the risk and made your decision. You made it safe to operate the vehicle. That’s really what matters here. You also saved the company a tidy sum of money, which I’m sure they will appreciate. As far as DOT goes, unless you found a real hard a•• I doubt they would write you or put you out of service after you explain the situation too them. I see far worse trucks on the road everyday.

We are faced with situations where we make judgement calls everyday. We just have to decide for ourselves what we are willing and able to do. There is not a driver on here that hasn’t made a similiar call on occassion. For what its worth I would have done the same thing you did..

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jamie's Comment
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Just an update, I made it to the shop as safely as I could. I was stopping every now and then at rest areas to check to make sure it was still secured and what not.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Good call Jamie! I hate waiting on maintenance people. And most of the time it's not their fault for taking so long. Always best to keep things around to secure it if possible.

Jamie's Comment
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Another update, they have fixed everything so far besides the taillight. Which they are doing now, then I'll be good to go. I plan to drive another 100 miles or so to get closer to the customer for tomorrows appointment.

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