Took Off With The Wrong Load Today!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Today I took a 2 store route, a store in Owatonna and Rochester MN, with 2 backhauls in Rochester....427 miles. The day went off without a hitch until my 2nd backhaul for our Contract (LTL) side of business. They loaded me and this was one of those facilities that opens the doors inside and seals it. I got an hour away and get a phone call from dispatch asking me if I can go back. Apparently the shipper had assigned multiple loads under the same P.O. going to Smithfield Foods. In turn they loaded smithfield foods in WI. Instead of Smithfield in OH. I didnt double check it as I seen the P.O. matched and so did the receiver name. I told dispatch I was just a hair over an hour away but I'd turn back if they will have a dock open so I can get quickly unloaded. They didnt need to reload me as the load I was supposed to get had been picked up wednesday and there was a miscommunication. When the shipper realized their error they offered to let us take it but it needed delivery monday and we couldnt guarantee it'd make it on time so having carrier the shipper already had lined up was a better option. I was unloaded in 5 minutes and It turns out they loaded 4 of those big liquid totes on me and I dont even have my tanker endorsement! The load felt different and I couldnt figure out why. My bills said something to the effect of "combo # " under what the freight was so I had absolutely no clue what it was. My 427 mile run turned into nearly 564 and as I pulled into the gate at the end of my day this is what I had left on my 14

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I could have used my additional 2 hours as I qualify for the 16 hr rule but I dislike using it especially for a few minutes so I made sure to switch to ON DUTY as soon as I got to the yard. If I dont have it available I end up taking much shorter runs (350 miles or so with a backhaul) which means less money than if I take 500-600 mile runs with multiple backhauls. I am only scheduled 4 days a week so i try to get as close to 14 every day as i can.

Ultimately had I been pulled over I would've received a hefty ticket and put OOS for not being licensed to pull that load. I definitely will be getting all endorsements to protect myself if something like this were to happen again.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I thought you were going to type that you'd grabbed the wrong trailer.rofl-3.gif

icecold24k's Comment
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I thought you were going to type that you'd grabbed the wrong trailer.rofl-3.gif

This is what I was waiting for also. rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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I thought you were going to type that you'd grabbed the wrong trailer.rofl-3.gif

Nooo... I always make sure I have the correct load when I leave the yard. I always check the stickers on the first couple pallets for the stores I'm going to. If I take the wrong trailer from the yard I believe it's a 1 week suspension. I'd hate to take a load to minneapolis that was meant to go to Lincoln NE. I always double check the trailer number before I hook up and then just before I leave. What takes me a couple seconds could save me several hours.

PackRat's Comment
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I've seen messages during the past few years come across the screen from Operations or a fleet manager , telling us about different drivers grabbing the wrong trailer, then driving 600 miles before realizing their error. I always check everything at least three times before departing.

Glad you weren't, "That Guy"!

Fleet Manager:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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In turn they loaded smithfield foods in WI. Instead of Smithfield in OH. I didnt double check it as I seen the P.O. matched and so did the receiver name.
Glad you weren't, "That Guy"!

Wait a minute. He saw the receiver's name, but didn't see the address on the bills? It's hard not to give him a "come on, man" for not checking the address on the bills.

We need "come on, man" emojis.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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It's hard not to give him a "come on, man" for not checking the address on the bills.

We need "come on, man" emojis.

Completely agree with both! If only there was somebody who could create a c'mon man emoji......smile.gif in the meantime....wtf.gif

Old School's Comment
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Rob, most of our loads are multi-stop runs. Being flatbed makes it easy to confirm what's actually on the trailer. At least three times in the past five years I've run into a situation where SAPA provided us with the wrong trailer number. I always confirm my freight agrees with my paperwork and I even count all the piece's for each stop familiarizing myself with their location on my trailer.

One time I showed up at the plant unable to locate my proper load. The trailer number on my paperwork was there, but it wasn't loaded with my destinations. I contacted operations and we soon discovered another driver had picked up the trailer number he was assigned, but hadn't bothered to confirm what was on it. He had my load! What a mess!

It's the details that can really bite you out here. It always helps to go through every little step making sure everything is right.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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