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Old 03-15-2013, 08:26 AM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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Driving home last night, (in the middle lane, not the passing lane, haha), I ended up behind a utility truck with an open bed. On this bed were those 3'-4' high heavy duty steel mechanics tool chests and other heavy containers with no surrounding walls. I thought surely then they must be secured with something. I decided to pass the truck (will explain why in a sec) and upon doing so, I did not see any straps, cords, anything. The only thing I could think of was that they possibly bolted these containers to the bed but a bit scary nonetheless.

Anyway, it got me thinking - Florida has weather that is nice enough year 'round to work outdoors so I'm sure you see many more utility vehicles and the like driving down the highway. I thought I'd throw out some friendly advice since most of us have some kind of commute.

A few years ago I was in the slow lane as my exit was coming up in about a mile. Way up ahead - probably the distance of about a football field and a half - was a pickup truck. That was all that I could see. Then I saw something in the air (split second it looked like a bird) but it got bigger and seemed to float towards me. Well, it wasn't floating, it was just the appearance as I was driving straight for a construction grade steel ladder! By the time I realized what was happening, it hit my truck. I was extremely lucky, though, as it bounced once just before I hit it and came up. It would have gone straight through my windshield but caught first on the honeycomb grill of my pickup and then bounced over my roof! Turns out, the guy had secured the ladder with only a bungy cord.

My point is, (and please know, if you are a construction, roadway, landscape, etc. worker who already takes the time to secure your tools properly - thank you! and this is not directed at you or to even a specific field of work), if you end up being behind a vehicle with outwardly visible tools (or anything for that matter), take precaution.

Again, just some friendly advice...
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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It reminds me a story happened to me few years back... I was driving and saw something flying towards me... cabinet with a sink!!! I hit breaks... Well, total of 5 cars behind me got into accident, my car wasn't hit by any other car, but still got some damage from that cabinet with sink... Sure enough truck transporting that cabinet never stopped...

I hate when garbage is flying out of the trucks too...
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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It reminds me a story happened to me few years back... I was driving and saw something flying towards me... cabinet with a sink!!! I hit breaks... Well, total of 5 cars behind me got into accident, my car wasn't hit by any other car, but still got some damage from that cabinet with sink... Sure enough truck transporting that cabinet never stopped...

I hate when garbage is flying out of the trucks too...
Oh wow, you were very lucky!!

I have to be honest, with the many times that I've moved, I am sure there were a couple of instances where I thought I had everything secured enough but then while driving, even at a very slow speed, things would shift. So it can happen to the best of us, even as careful as we think we are being.

It makes sense why the DOT has such strict regulations about stopping points to secure your load as things to tend to settle and shift.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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Where I used to live, they were very strict. Over the last few years, each town created their own motor freight enforcement units. It was their new cash cow. They'd spend all day pulling over trucks/trailers for inspection and writing tickets.

Unsecured loads = big fines.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Jupiter, FL
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When I was a kid in Atlanta, "mattress in the road" was a routine reason for traffic jams.
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