Thinking about load restraint

We need to see short videos like this on a regular basis just to remind everyone about the importance of ensuring a load is safely secured. Admittedly, incidents like this are not regular occurrences but the consequences of failures can be tragic. Luckily no-one in this incident, in Russia, was hurt, but a few seconds before and the result could have been fatal.

More dash cam mayhem

The value of fitting dash cams into trucks is illustrated by this incident with a Toyota Prius pulling out into the path of a fully loaded truck at highway speed. The consequences could have been much worse for both the car and truck.

After the police saw this footage from the truck the car driver was fined for providing a false statement to police.

Further illustration is provided by this  vision of a Volvo driver completely oblivious to other vehicles on the road surviving as a result of the driving skills shown by the driver of the fuel tanker involved.

 

 

In the name of balance, this clip of a truck driver who is clearly not paying attention was picked up on a South Australian traffic cam.

Close call for Volvo truck

This video shows a motorist completely oblivious to the high speed Volvo semi heading down the road and is saved by some good anticipation from the driver and an efficient braking system on the truck. The whole thing must have been pretty scary for the driver of the car in which the dash cam was mounted, seeing it play out and expecting the truck to swerve towards their car.

Awards, Seatbelts and Regional Funding

Safety award for Frasers

At the 9th Annual Safe Work Australia Awards, Frasers Livestock Transport picked an award for the best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue. Ross Fraser received the award from Federal Employment Minister, Eric Abetz, in Old Parliament House in Canberra last week. 

The company received the award for ‘taking a proactive and innovative approach to the risks associated with cross-loading cattle from one trailer to another by designing and building a totally new apparatus which makes the job safer, easier and quicker’. This award follows wins in two categories of the Queensland Safe Work Awards in 2013.

The loading system removes the need for drivers to work within, climb or stand on the crate, drastically decreasing the risk of falls, trips and contact with livestock.  It also includes safety rails around ladders and gantries as well as lights to aid night work.

 

Breaking the rules

The participants in this video break just about every rule in the book in this stunt video set in a stevedoring yard. Riding on the back of a moving vehicle, not staying within the correct zones, breaking the yard speed limit, the list goes on. Add to that a reckless fork lift driver not looking where they are going and breaking open a fire hydrant and you have a recipe for non-compliance. The one concession to safety concerns are a few people wearing hi-vis and the truck driver wearing a crash helmet.

This is a great stunt video from Freightliner and Mike Ryan but why do we always have these spectacular and dangerous videos from brands who espouse the whole safety culture? Think about Jean Claude Van Damme standing on a rear view mirror!

You would not see the big oil companies, like Shell, doing promos with exploding cars, they really take the safety message to the enth degree. Still, it does make an exciting video, at least they had steel toe-caps and hi-vis.

This latest video follows an earlier attempt, not so spectacular but equally suspect in terms of safety:

What is C-ITS?

Slated to make the next quantum leap in road safety C-ITS, or Co-operative Intelligent Transport System, is to be trialled in trucks on Australian roads later this year. This follows a car-based trial in South Australia which is ongoing.

 

The truck trial will involve 30 trucks travelling up and down Mount Ousley between Port Kembla and the Hume Highway/Picton Road intersection. Trucks will be fitted with devices designed to communicate with other vehicles and 10 roadside units involved in the trial.

 

 

The units broadcast information about the truck’s position, direction and speed. Communication between trucks will enhance safety by warning when another vehicle is approaching but out of sight and can warn of potential crashes.

 

Road works will be able to communicate their position to trucks and warn them of potential hold-ups. The system will also be used to improve truck flow in and out of the Port Kembla dockside area. Traffic lights will communicate their current status and how long before they will change colour to the vehicle, enabling the driver to adapt driving accordingly.

 

Crawlin’ the Hume in vintage trucks

Last Saturday the American Historical Truck Society ran an event they called ‘Crawlin’ the Hume’, a collection of classic trucks made the journey from Melbourne to Albury. The idea was to use using as much of the old Hume Highway as possible. To enter a truck it had to be over 25 years old to enter. Here they are seen climbing along a misty Hume four lane section.

There are a complete set of videos with all of the participants on the YouTube site belonging to the oddly named emd645e3c

 

Trucking in the UK

Here’s a well made home video, it’s a great evocation of the trucking life on the other side of the world, in the UK. The dark wet winter’s morning, taking a semi out on frosty roads delivering to industrial sites in the middle of small towns with narrow streets and cars parked everywhere. Give me a trip down the Newell, any day!

Combilift straddle carrier on show

Last week’s ITTES in Melbourne was the first time the Australian trucking industry had seen the nimble Combilift straddle carrier. The space they occupied at the show gave them a chance to show just how flexible this smart piece of equipment is. For those of you who missed the show, here is the Combilift in action.

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Sitting on the dock of the bay

Some truckies in the US obviously spend way too much time sitting around waiting to get loaded and unloaded. Brad James has used his time to create a series of great music videos, including this reworking of the Otis Redding classic.

 

All you need is a karaoke system to record a truck related version of a classic song and then record video of yourself singing along to same. Brad has now posted countless songs onto YouTube, mainly country music, of course, but truckies all over the world will empathise with him when he is ‘sitting at the dock all day’!

 

If you are a real glutton for punishment, you can see his YouTube channel. Here’s Brad’s version of King of the Road:

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