Discussion in 'ABF Freight System' started by piker, Dec 3, 2019 at 6:52 AM.
Maybe in training they should teach them how to hook and unhook sets,Just saying
Aren't they already hooked along with the tractor? I agree they should know how to break and hook them.
They can't teach them how to shift, why would they teach them how to build or break a set?
1st lesson I learned was not proper hooking but how to grab the dolly so you would not loose/crush your fingers !!!!
What!?..... And potentially get 5th wheel grease on their new designer baggy shorts and flip-flops?
Can't have that!
But I bet they learned to crank the legs down all the way then for good measure put it in low gear and crank some more. So simple, crank them down leave two inches between the pads and the ground loaded or empty. Let the air bags empty and pull out, empty the bags before backing under, the truck do the heavy lifting !!!!
We had a lot of drivers who would call the shop wanting a vendor to come out & install chains for them when roads were slick. They said they didn't know how to chain up. I suspect some did not know how to throw chains over the tires but a lot just didn't want to get out of the warm cab & get their hands & designer clothes dirty. Can you say WUSS?
ABF has training? I had 2 days of watching movies and was told I go on call Tuesday at 9 am and was tossed a set of keys. I had some pretty long nights trying to figure everything out on my own.
My dad taught agriculture/shop. He always told the boys to listen & learn to make the job easier. He had an old wooden frame card holder that held daily thoughts/messages usually to provoke thinking about shop safety. One particular card read.'Experience is a hard teacher, she gives the test first, the lessons after'. When you learn the hard way you don't forget easily.
When I was younger I was guilty of not listening to advice especially from someone older.
Ouch, you stepped right on my toes, we never chained up, they always sent out a vendor or shop guys.
Can't say about the West Coast.
Snow is rare around Charl, unless you were caught on the road.
I'll bet my designer clothes were about like yours, jeans?
Yeah,.....My fashion was from the Clem Kaddiddlehopper collection.........Accessoried with the latest split-leather gloves,......and always up-to-date on my footwear,......featuring Steel-Toes with the obligatory slash on the tips,...exposing the steel...(..and ruining the waterproofing..)......
My Steel-Toes had either a R or a L on the tip.
A pin skippin good time , i see pups half foot taller than the fifth wheel some dollies are higher than fifth wheels on tractors now when junior is jumping on the handle in low gear thats what happens when i start my nite out like that and of course dropped inches from the pup next to it , i want to find the driver that dropped that and punch them in the mouth
When they actually start hiring qualified people to do the hiring this might change. It’s now who can do the least amount possible, our safety meeting is to watch outdated & unsafe acts on a tv screen & then sign the sheet.
I seen a help wanted add for a driver recruiter like a grand a week salary and 500 bucks commission for each driver they can hire
I was talking more in the lines of a terminal manager or human Resources....
It WAS jeans, until they implemented that goofy uniform policy (pants required). Then proceeded to violate the contract language regarding using union laundry vendors to service the terminals.
Every company is the exact same with this. As long as the new hires understand the ELD and the bare minimum about the job they are sent off on their own. I know before I started driving you used to have to have years of experience under your belt before a LTL company would ever consider you for the job. Some of these recruiters or hiring managers seem to think that CDL schools teach you more than just enough to pass the state exams.
I currently work for Estes and am 1 of 3 people that trains our new hires for Linehaul at my terminal. They all get a week(5 days) of training. I can't help but feel like I'm setting some of these guys up for failure just because there just isn't enough time to drill everything into their brains. The TM doesn't seem to care as long as they can get the freight moving down the road.
I feel like part of that is just working at Estes. Every yard has moon craters or is super uneven and no matter how much space is available all tailers must be touching or within 3 inches of each other.
We only have one seat in our trucks the only time there is two, one has to be sent up so they can give a road test....