The Importance Of Three Points Of Contact

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I thought I had posted my current situation but I don’t see it.

Climbing down from the cab, using three points of contact, my left foot slipped off the bottom step, leaving my leg at a 90 degree angle to my hip with my right foot on the top step. My weight ripped my hold loose from the left grab bar. There was dense fog, which left the step just wet enough to be slick.

My right ankle is held together by plates and screws, having been completely broken 4 years ago. trimalleolar fracture For the curious.

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I thought for sure I had rebroken it.

I was in Fultonville NY, headed to Wilton NY to drop and hook , then drop and hook at Amsterdam, then unload at Niagara Falls and go home.

I dragged myself up and over my seat and into the bunk using my arms. Got my shoe off and decided my ankle was ok, and my foot was probably sprained.

Called the injury in as soon as the company opened by the way.

Continued on my way to Wilton. When I got down, I started to worry. I had to hop to the landing gear to unhook and hook in immense pain. At Amsterdam I had to also slide my tandems which almost had me in tears. By this time there was no doubt my foot was broken. I had been driving all morning by cruise and braking with left foot but every bump was excruciating.

I got to Batavia and knew there was no way I would be able to deliver. I called my dispatcher and told them I was going to have to T Call the load at our drop lot and go home and then to the hospital. No problem as it was just a scrap cardboard load.

Parked in my driveway and crawled upstairs and dug out my crutches. Hospital said it was just sprained and to follow up with my doctor. My doctor told me to follow up with an orthopedic doctor, who showed me my X-rays (he was my wife’s ortho and a great guy) and asked if I saw the fracture. Easily spotted three broken metatarsals, the bones between your toes and ankle.

So I have been at home on comp since 10/29. Saw him today and no longer have to wear a boot and if everything is still good at next appointment on 1/12, he will release me to go back to work on 1/17.

It has been a long journey and extremely boring. Be wary of wet steps, even if you do everything correctly, things can turn to ****e quickly.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Dispatcher:

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Oh geez. I’m sorry to hear this happened but glad to hear you’re on the mend.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sorry for your mishap. Your story should help all of us to be extremely cautious in winter conditions. Heal up fast bro!

G-Town's Comment
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Could have been far worse. All the best for a speedy recovery.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Holy shizz!!

I saw a guy at polar water in Maine try to go out facing outward, hit the ground. He was shaken but ok and learned a valuable lesson (an older guy nonetheless), not long ago I watched a woman getting in a car hauler in NYS, hit the ground. She quietly got up and climbed in. A minute later I told her husband to make sure she was ok as he didn't see it happen.

My dog has broken 3 nails off after catching them in the holes on the step, I finally put a boot cleaner pad on so they can't catch anymore.

Getting in and out is deceptively dangerous and way to many people become complacent doing it.

Glad you are doing better.

G-Town's Comment
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Mikey drops some wisdom on us all...

Getting in and out is deceptively dangerous and way to many people become complacent doing it.

Absolutely!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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When I call my company and get put on hold, part of the message says this : “Do you know that slip and fall accidents increase during the winter months?”

Thank you Captain obvious!

PackRat's Comment
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Hope you get mended up and back on the road soon.

George B.'s Comment
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My stepdad has two bada## trac tors and a lot of farm equipment, when my nephews are visiting I will not let them climb into/out of the cabs(enclosed) without three points of contact. My bro messaged me the other day telling me my nephew yelled at one of the maintenance workers at school for not climbing into the cab correctly. Safety!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Wow. Hope you get back to work as expected. This is a great lesson. Not that this is your case, it only takes a second of not paying attention to hurt yourself or someone else.

I have bumped my head, cut myself and had other minor mishaps for not paying full attention to my surroundings or what I was doing.

Good luck, stay safe.

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