Re: Axle Weight?
- From: gringo <gringo@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 11:10:21 -0700
"Top" <top@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:Xns97BE6255FDD0Ftopinvalidneorrcom@xxxxxxxxxxxxx"tscottme" <blahblah@blah,net> was smiling when s/he wrote
"Top" <top@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in messageI think our internal procedures were more rigid than the regulations.
As much as people like me, and maybe you, would like to see far more
of the world operate with precision
and attention to detail, sometimes it's too expensive to be very
careful about something that isn't very important to anyone involved
in the matter. For people like those at NASA, they sometimes have a
hard time distinguishing between those things that must be known to
the 50th decimal place and those things that can be eyeballed with no
harm, that's why stories like the urban legend of NASA spending
millions of dollars and thousands of hours of engineering work to
develop an ink pen for space capsules, while the Soviets just used
pencils in their capsules seem almost plausible.
Easier to treat everything as hazmat in the production department than it
is to take time to determine what is hazmat and what isn't. On a daily
basis we measured materials from 1 microgram up through kg and pounds,
dependant on what the customer orders ( notice I said microgram not
milligram). We shipped a lot of material to National Insitute of Health
and their requirements, as a customer, were the most rigid of any
customer around the world.
The company I was working for sold any material a customer needed for
research. Everything from test tubes to any blood serums to chemicals.
Some of the chemicals the company had was the only stock in the world.
Those chemicals were very high priced and most were extremely toxic. We
even had a small stock of nitro.
One concern of the company was security. If a terrorist wanted material
to poison a water supply we most likely had the chemical to do it. If
they wanted material to build a bomb we had it. We even had different
snake venoms. My main function was inventory control and it was
interesting to me to see some of the materials we either had on hand and
some of the products we could produce. Some of the most toxic were the
blood serums. Some products required an armed guard to escort the product
from ours facility to the customer, including narcotics. Some of the
internal protocals required only a small number of people know we had the
product, nitro being an example. An even smaller number of people knew
where it was located in the building. I knew we had certain products but
I didn't know where they were stored, which was alright with me.
If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest.
I keep hitting the escape key but I'm still here!!
It sounds like you work for a company that learned it's better to go by the law than to cut corners. I beleive that's the majority of the companies now days.
You base that opinion on what, exactly? Your experience hauling gas for one company?
Well any company that wants to stay in business. I would go out on a
limb and say that your company most likely paid their drivers well also. They did if they were doing the hauling. I don't want a war with gringo but I don't think he has the experience to talk for the entire U.S. on trucking weights.
gashauler, you avoid war by not attacking. You attack me personally and get your feelings bruised if I stand up for myself.
The questioner who began this thread is a freight hauler driving for one of the big fleets, not for a company that has a few trucks or even thousands of its own. Unlike those who drive for Top's outfit and those who drive for your employer, from one load to the next, a general commodities hauler does not know what he'll be picking up or how it will be loaded. Quite often, the nearest commercial scale is miles away, and not so easy to get to. The time required to go weigh, and if necessary come back to the dock, is the driver's own time--time for which he is not paid. And if a ticket is charged, gues who pays for it?
What is so hard to understand about this gashauler??? Methinks it is your natural inclination to defend Company at the expense of workers at play here.
All I have said and continue to say is that this situation is not right and proper-- the shipper or the receiver or the fleet should be responsible for overweight violations.
And just a comment to RT. I knew right away a load of paper goods was heavy. And no doubt I was overloaded the one time I took a load from Atlanta GA to Jacksonville Fl. If I would have scaled I'm sure I would have been nailed but I took the back way into FL without crossing the scales. But that was back in 1978.
Yes, see? Was it so hard to admit that a big company could be at fault?
Sometimes, you the driver can in fact know that a load is too heavy but take a chance because correcting the weight would cost you maybe an entire day. Does that make it right that the weight is the driver's responsibility? The shipper knew when they were putting it on that it would most likely be over-- IF THE OVERWEIGHT FINES WENT TO THE SHIPPER, THEY'D HAVE A TRUCK SCALE ON SITE!!!
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