Did I Just Lose My Job

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Klutch's Comment
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On my third day or so solo I scraped my trailer against a sign in a busy downtown intersection.

They put it in as a preventable accident, hitting a fixed object but did not lose my job, actually wasn’t really given a hard time about it at all.

They did provide me some more training a couple days after. A Trainer took me to a bunch of really tight areas and turns, was actually pretty helpful as I did not experience any of these situations in my original training.

He also stated he had never seen anyone make that turn expect for a few with pups, in the report he wrote it up as an “impossible” turn.

It wasn’t impossible… once the pole was off the corner 😜 jk jk

Just learn from the mistakes, be extra careful and move on from it.

Glenbob's Comment
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Being a rookie myself my only experience is my personal situation. I too made a bad decision on a right turn. No damage but it did require a wrecker. Biggest thing with the safety department was owning the mistake and learning from it. Sounds as if you have pretty much done that. Move forward using it as learning point. You can only offer on the restitution part. Probably a little embarrassment on his part also. From my previous career learned; nobody hurt, nothing that can’t be repaired, use it as a learning/training point and move on.

James E.'s Comment
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I'd have no objections at all to extra training for the incident. Obviously I may need it seeing as how things went... We'll see how it goes I guess

On my third day or so solo I scraped my trailer against a sign in a busy downtown intersection.

They put it in as a preventable accident, hitting a fixed object but did not lose my job, actually wasn’t really given a hard time about it at all.

They did provide me some more training a couple days after. A Trainer took me to a bunch of really tight areas and turns, was actually pretty helpful as I did not experience any of these situations in my original training.

He also stated he had never seen anyone make that turn expect for a few with pups, in the report he wrote it up as an “impossible” turn.

It wasn’t impossible… once the pole was off the corner 😜 jk jk

Just learn from the mistakes, be extra careful and move on from it.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Do NOT pay for anything. That is NOT your responsibility. It is not right not expected. It is part of business.

If you got hurt on the job would u expect workers comp? Yep.

Pianoman's Comment
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You messed up, but the bigger mess up would be trying to hide anything and safety knows that. Unless there have been other incidents or you have a really bad driving record it's unlikely you would be let go for a relatively minor incident like this. And like Kearsey said, don't pay for anything. Being a mentor/trainer is hard and requires patience but even the most patient trainers get a little frustrated sometimes.

You made a mistake. Own it and learn from it but move on and don't continue to stress about it because that's the easiest way to make another mistake.

tripletdad's Comment
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We've all been there. I hit s concrete pole and bent a wheel, blew two tires and scraped up a trailer. I got a callback from safety after they did their investigating and was told "keep your head on a swivel and always check your mirrors". That was it. Still employed, and about a month later, they still paid me my safety bonus for that month.

James E.'s Comment
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I'm getting the DAC added incident. A really huge "don't do that again" and continuing my training starting in the morning. The mentor said we're gonna keep pushing to finish my trainer and I'll be fine. Then gave me a few bits of advice. Guess all in all that's about as much of a happy ending as I can hope for and im not complaining at all. Especially since like 12 hrs ago I thought I was about to be jobless and sent packing

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

James E.'s Comment
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Also this is my first 18 wheeler accident and as far as 4 wheelers I've only ever had 1 ticket on my record almost 8 yrs ago and my most recent wreck on record is about 7 years ago. That may have helped my case.

You messed up, but the bigger mess up would be trying to hide anything and safety knows that. Unless there have been other incidents or you have a really bad driving record it's unlikely you would be let go for a relatively minor incident like this. And like Kearsey said, don't pay for anything. Being a mentor/trainer is hard and requires patience but even the most patient trainers get a little frustrated sometimes.

You made a mistake. Own it and learn from it but move on and don't continue to stress about it because that's the easiest way to make another mistake.

Pianoman's Comment
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I'm getting the DAC added incident. A really huge "don't do that again" and continuing my training starting in the morning. The mentor said we're gonna keep pushing to finish my trainer and I'll be fine. Then gave me a few bits of advice. Guess all in all that's about as much of a happy ending as I can hope for and im not complaining at all. Especially since like 12 hrs ago I thought I was about to be jobless and sent packing

Good deal! That's the outcome we all expected. Be safe

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

G-Town's Comment
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They might have you take LCQT training at one of their terminals.

Here is a thread about it:

Swift LCQT

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.

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