Being Fired For Safety Violation

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N1fear12 's Comment
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I've been working for roehl for 5 months and when I started the first week I hit a stop sign at a shippers place. Then I was caught without a seat belt twice once around the terminal area and second down the street from the terminal. My seat belt in the truck was so lose I would just wear it around my waist. My shirt will cover up my seat belt. The took me to LCQ after months of being on the road. I haven't hit anything since that first accident. The trainer did not like how I got it done with my backing so they let me go said I was a safety risk. I'm worried that I won't be able to find a job because of safety violation what should I do?

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rob T.'s Comment
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First thing to do is start following company policies. If they expect you to wear your seat belt at all times then either do it or deal with the repercussions. If there was an issue with the seat belt did you report it so it could get fixed? There's a reason seatbelts are supposed to go across your chest as well. Regardless of how safe of a driver you are its always possible you'll get tangled up in someone else's mess. Roehl doesn't want to have a claim against them because you went through the windshield.

What exactly is LCQ? I'm not sure why you'd be let go over your backing if you were doing it safely and getting it done. Can you elaborate?

I'd suggest you use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Its possible you'll be sent out with a trainer at some companies.

Good luck, please let us know how it turns out.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Roehl still have the inward facing cameras?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have 1 safety write up from 3 years ago for moving a dolly without putting the safety chain on. Ever since I got caught that 1 time I make sure to put it on before driving no matter how short of a distance I move it. Roehl probably thinks you didn't learn from the first time in addition to what ever happened in the yard and decided you are not upto their safety standards and decided to move on.

Unfortunately, you can not go back in time and fix it, all you can do is move forward and apply to as many companies as possible. Somebody will probably take you on, just be humble and tell them what you learned from this experience.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI might give you a shot, you would most likely be sent out with a trainer.

Any company that hires you would most likely send you with a trainer and watch you more closely.

Good luck.

N1fear12 's Comment
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Yes it was a bone head mistake I did when I hit the stop sign and I havent hit anything since. I learned my lesson from the seat belt and promise to not do it again. I wasn't intentionally not wearing it I just thought I wasn't doing somthing right when I tried to fix the seat belt. But thank you guys for the help im upset cause I no im a safe driver it was just dumb things I did being new at that time to this.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yes it was a bone head mistake I did when I hit the stop sign and I havent hit anything since. I learned my lesson from the seat belt and promise to not do it again. I wasn't intentionally not wearing it I just thought I wasn't doing somthing right when I tried to fix the seat belt. But thank you guys for the help im upset cause I no im a safe driver it was just dumb things I did being new at that time to this.

Haya, N1fear12 ~!!

Trucker's wife / site cheerleader, here.

First of all you need to KNOW you are a safe driver, and prove that; going forward. (KNOW ... it. Don't say NO to it!)

As PackRat asked .. do y'all HAVE (or did you have?) inward facing cameras? Just curious as to how you got busted for the seat belt violation; still not clear enough for our professionals to help ya, without knowing.

As Big Scott said . . . have you LOOKED into CFI???

And a recommendation from me:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Not sure how much experience you have and/or where you were with training, I bet the above links would help immensely.

Let us know how it works out~!!!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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