This is THE best example of how a trucker saves the day, with his safety conscious, smart thinking.
It’s a vitally important safety rule that a trucker should ALWAYS follow and here’s why.
Why Moving Slowly Away From a Dropped Trailer is So Critical
A trucker was dropping his loaded tanker, as per instructions. After unhooking the trailer, he was slowly and gradually pulling out from underneath this loaded tanker.
The driver, watching in his mirror as he pulled out, window down, was able to see and hear what was happening to the trailer and stopped…… one of the legs on the landing gear had broken and buckled.
What COULD Have Happened
The potential for damage in this situation was huge. The tanker would have hit the trailer beside it on it’s way down. After damaging the other trailer, the tanker would have continued its left sided nose dive to the ground, possible rolling on it’s side.
The trailer would have been punctured and started to leak product.
Trailer leaning to one side, about to nose dive.
Loaded Trailer Safety Followed
The driver’s quick action prevented an environmental disaster from the leaking load, damage to both the tanker and the trailer next to it and the costs of expensive cleanup, wrecker’s bills, insurance claims and possible lawsuits from the neighbours.
Sometimes damage from not unhooking carefully can be as simple as breaking off a forgotten air line and sometimes the extra time and caution can save thousands of dollars in damages. Loaded trailer safety.
Another view of the leaning trailer.
Experienced Truckers Are Priceless
This real-life example is a good reason why it pays a trucking company to hire experienced and skilled truck drivers. This single incident alone saved this company tens of thousands of dollars….. if not
If the driver had NOT been paying attention, this situation would have been deemed a preventable accident in an extremely expensive insurance claim…… costly for the company and most likely the owner operator, too.
Incidents in trucking happen every day, often with expensive consequences. There is no substitute for experience and intelligence.
It’s also interesting how much management in these companies, take for granted.
No one at this particular trucking company acknowledged or thanked the driver…. in this case an owner operator, whose quick thinking, saved them a lot of money, even though he even risked potential damage to his own truck, in order to save the day.
There’s no doubt that should this situation turned out differently and the trailer had nose-dived, the driver would have been in big trouble, and the incident deemed a ‘preventable accident’, even though it’s an unsafe practice to drop loaded trailers.