The teamsters have released a report entitled “Damaged when Delivered“. I have started through it and They seem to have found some poor transport practices that need to be improved but some of them don’t look like a problem to me. Why would dropping a tire into drop pockets be an issue? I used to drive a stinger rig that had a head rack equipped like the one in the picture and I never had any problems using those pockets the whole time I drove it. Leave me your comments.
Another blogger’s view “Teamsters try a new angle”
Update 12-8-09: Mr Fred Zuckerman took the time to go over the report with me and address my questions. I miss understood the issue with truck in the picture above. It isn’t a safety/damage issue but rather the manufacturer that this truck is loading for has some specific requirements that prohibit bottomless drop pockets. I would agree with him that if the customer wants it done a certain way then that is the way it should be done. Since that seems to be a whole different set of issues then I think that picture needs more explanation under it. especially since the rest of the report deals with Damage and safety issues.
Basically the point he is trying to make is that if the manufacturers use the lowest bid model then the rate will be lower than what is possible to do a safe quality job at. He states that the typical union driver has had several weeks of training and that often non-union drivers have inadequate training and sometimes they have had no training.
If you have an opposing view point you are welcome to leave a comment but lets keep them professional.
Update 12-8-09: Another update, I spoke with Tom from Accelerated services and he looked up The load that truck 107 did out of Ohio and it appears that the vehicle pictured above is a 2005 Equinox that was a smart auction car that was successfully delivered to it’s destination with no damage.
If you are featured in this report you are welcome to leave your response to the allegations in the comments section.