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Rick S.'s Comment
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Mr. Curmudgeon,

Great story. One question...

I thought containers being made of steel these sorts of things could work (if legal weights). I thought the biggest issue with MikD's load was their placing it in an aluminum trailer.

What am I missing?


The inability to properly secure the load. Most FB's are aluminum - that's not the issue. The issue is, that it doesn't matter how many straps you secure this with - to e-track on aluminum struts on aluminum walls. If this thing wants to GO OVER, it's GOING OVER. And going through the wall, while ripping the other one out.

At least on a FB, you're securing it to a rail (or winched straps), that were designed for these types of bulk.

Glad Mik made it safely. Had he dumped this on a roadway, onto a car (or something else), we'd likely be sending him BAIL MONEY (or commissary money in jail).


Rick S.'s Comment
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I’m not doing a load like that again, I’d refuse it if I found it like that at customer


Risk management is one of the most critical disciplines you must have to stay alive and stay in the game long term. About a dozen experienced drivers all said they wouldn't have hauled that load in the first place, and yet you did it anyhow. Now you're saying you would never do it again.

My question: If you knew it was dangerous, which you did, then why did you do it in the first place?

He apparently questioned the load, but didn't know how potentially dangerous it could have been. Another resolution would have been sending the pics to his DM/Safety before he moved it, and telling them he didn't know whether or not it was safely secured.

Now he does...



Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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In Mik's defense, this was probably the first time he ever encountered a load like this. I can understand that he was conflicted.

What I see as a big problem is the company hired to place the load in the trailer. Reynolds Transfer and Storage is a Madison company and has been doing this stuff for decades in this area. Why didn't they know how to secure the load? They crate and ship stuff all the time. Somebody at Reynolds really dropped the ball on this one and created a difficult situation for the driver.

Great, great learning experience for all of us drivers, especially us rookies. Now we know more about how to identify an unsafe load.

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