Disability In Trucking.

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Aaron L.'s Comment
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Hello all,

I recently started trucking and I have a disability in my right arm called erb’s palsy. I’ve. I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to do a driver’s side back with my right arm because of the nerve damage that goes from my neck to my arm. Mainly it’s hard to look out the driver’s side window and still use my right arm to maneuver. It might sound like a dumb question but are there any driving jobs that are not so much 90 and 45 degree angle backing where I wouldn’t have to stick my head out the window as much and more of cross over backing. I’m now working for a reefer company and some of the areas are tight to get into especially the north east. The weird thing is I can use my arm to some extent just not real coordinated and can’t turn the steering wheel all the way around with it. So basically I have to do a lot of pull ups. I appreciate any suggestions.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Hello all,

I recently started trucking and I have a disability in my right arm called erb’s palsy. I’ve. I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to do a driver’s side back with my right arm because of the nerve damage that goes from my neck to my arm. Mainly it’s hard to look out the driver’s side window and still use my right arm to maneuver. It might sound like a dumb question but are there any driving jobs that are not so much 90 and 45 degree angle backing where I wouldn’t have to stick my head out the window as much and more of cross over backing. I’m now working for a reefer company and some of the areas are tight to get into especially the north east. The weird thing is I can use my arm to some extent just not real coordinated and can’t turn the steering wheel all the way around with it. So basically I have to do a lot of pull ups. I appreciate any suggestions.

I cannot comment on the different companies and some people dont care for these but have you tried using a suicide knob? In your case it seems it would be more of a tool to help with your disability than a hindrance or safety issue. I see plenty of trucks with them and it may help you out.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Aaron L.'s Comment
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Yeah I was considering that. I actually have a clip on suicide knob that keeps coming off every time I use it. My trainer said I could probably use it as long as I take it off when I’m around our terminals so no one sees it. It does help some although still yet my range of motion in my right arm is still very limited even with the knob.

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Hello all,

I recently started trucking and I have a disability in my right arm called erb’s palsy. I’ve. I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to do a driver’s side back with my right arm because of the nerve damage that goes from my neck to my arm. Mainly it’s hard to look out the driver’s side window and still use my right arm to maneuver. It might sound like a dumb question but are there any driving jobs that are not so much 90 and 45 degree angle backing where I wouldn’t have to stick my head out the window as much and more of cross over backing. I’m now working for a reefer company and some of the areas are tight to get into especially the north east. The weird thing is I can use my arm to some extent just not real coordinated and can’t turn the steering wheel all the way around with it. So basically I have to do a lot of pull ups. I appreciate any suggestions.

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I cannot comment on the different companies and some people dont care for these but have you tried using a suicide knob? In your case it seems it would be more of a tool to help with your disability than a hindrance or safety issue. I see plenty of trucks with them and it may help you out.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Yeah I was considering that. I actually have a clip on suicide knob that keeps coming off every time I use it. My trainer said I could probably use it as long as I take it off when I’m around our terminals so no one sees it. It does help some although still yet my range of motion in my right arm is still very limited even with the knob.

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Hello all,

I recently started trucking and I have a disability in my right arm called erb’s palsy. I’ve. I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to do a driver’s side back with my right arm because of the nerve damage that goes from my neck to my arm. Mainly it’s hard to look out the driver’s side window and still use my right arm to maneuver. It might sound like a dumb question but are there any driving jobs that are not so much 90 and 45 degree angle backing where I wouldn’t have to stick my head out the window as much and more of cross over backing. I’m now working for a reefer company and some of the areas are tight to get into especially the north east. The weird thing is I can use my arm to some extent just not real coordinated and can’t turn the steering wheel all the way around with it. So basically I have to do a lot of pull ups. I appreciate any suggestions.

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I cannot comment on the different companies and some people dont care for these but have you tried using a suicide knob? In your case it seems it would be more of a tool to help with your disability than a hindrance or safety issue. I see plenty of trucks with them and it may help you out.

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the ADA make it so you can have one permanently mounted? Sounds like a reasonable accommodation to me.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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Yeah I was considering that. I actually have a clip on suicide knob that keeps coming off every time I use it. My trainer said I could probably use it as long as I take it off when I’m around our terminals so no one sees it. It does help some although still yet my range of motion in my right arm is still very limited even with the knob.

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Hello all,

I recently started trucking and I have a disability in my right arm called erb’s palsy. I’ve. I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to do a driver’s side back with my right arm because of the nerve damage that goes from my neck to my arm. Mainly it’s hard to look out the driver’s side window and still use my right arm to maneuver. It might sound like a dumb question but are there any driving jobs that are not so much 90 and 45 degree angle backing where I wouldn’t have to stick my head out the window as much and more of cross over backing. I’m now working for a reefer company and some of the areas are tight to get into especially the north east. The weird thing is I can use my arm to some extent just not real coordinated and can’t turn the steering wheel all the way around with it. So basically I have to do a lot of pull ups. I appreciate any suggestions.

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I cannot comment on the different companies and some people dont care for these but have you tried using a suicide knob? In your case it seems it would be more of a tool to help with your disability than a hindrance or safety issue. I see plenty of trucks with them and it may help you out.

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the ADA make it so you can have one permanently mounted? Sounds like a reasonable accommodation to me.

There is nothing anywhere that makes these illegal.

The problem is company policy. I have been with several different companies that banned these on the company trucks.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Banks's Comment
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Your biggest hurdle would be that you recently started. More options open up with at least 1 year experience.

Pulling doubles , I rarely back. I back to hook my set and when I'm dropping trailers. 90% of the time I only bump the dock with my lead because the yard hostler grabs my tail because everything is go go go. When backing I use mirrors, no need to look out the window. Most of our buildings are set up in a way that makes bumping the dock really easy. I'm pretty sure most LTL companies are set up that way.

I don't know how you would handle maneuvering a dolly. It's not hard once you're used to it, but in the beginning it's a hassle. Some days I would just like it up by hand to save time. Just recently did I get good at lining it up and backing it. I use the rear windshield for that, not the mirrors. Some people are able to do it using mirrors, I'm not one of those.

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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