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Brad in IN    Posted 02-10-2003 at 16:52:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a young man working off some of his rent by helping at the farm. He offered to get a load of gravel into my barn and cure a water problem.
I told him to not allow the dump truck to get off the lane to the barn, or else they will get hung up.
the truck arrives, and just as it begins to dump, the hydraulics go out. Truck 2 comes, and the driver doesn't want to wait for the other truck to be towed away. My worker tells the driver that the owner said not to get off the lane becasue he won't get out. Driver is sure it will be okay and promptly gets stuck. He later moves the first truck and gets it stuck.
They have to call a huge wrecker to pull them out. The driver then tries to make the worker pay for the tow bill!. He's told to fly a kite.
I haven't made it home to see the ruts they left, but the kid says it ain't pretty.
I'm sure I'm going to lose some sleep tonight from the slow burn I will have when I get home and see it.


Farmwench    Posted 02-13-2003 at 11:52:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have lowgrounds (river flood plain) with a drainage ditch running through it. First section is pasture, across the ditch is hay field right along the river. The bridge is across a culvert and the dirt over it tends to wash. A few years ago, my dad decided to order some rock to fill over the culvert for the first time ever. (BIG decision for him- he doesn't much like to spend money!) So he calls the local quarry, tells them what he needs the rock for, and that it needs to be big enough to stay put when it floods: the woman who takes the order says she knows just what he needs, and a few days later they send a dump truck. Well, its wet and muddy in the lowgrounds, so Daddy goes down to direct the truck and keep him from getting stuck in the field. The driver doesn't listen, tries to turn around in the field where Daddy told him not to go, and gets the loaded dump truck stuck. So he has to dump his load of rock in the field to lighten the load. It's not only in the wrong place (and we don't have a loader to move it), but it's the wrong size rock. It's your basic driveway gravel, that will wash beautifully across the field in a flood, instead of the 4" rock they were supposed to send. Now my dad has to come get his tractor to pull the dump truck out of the field. So we were left with big ruts, a pile of gravel in the field, and no rock for the culvert. My father is way too nice to charge for the towing (should have), or to demand his money back (should have), or to make them come pick the gravel up out of the field (should have). We still have never gotten the culvert filled over- he wasn't about to spend any more money! I shoveled some of the gravel into the back of the pickup and brought it up to fill potholes in the drive. That is a whole lot like work!
The moral of the story is, delivery companies and hauling companies have insurance to cover the damage they do, and if they don't, then they accept the price to fix their damage as a cost of doing business. Let them take care of their own mess.


GusandEdie    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:21:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Federal Express just rutted up my bar ditch something terrible last week. After pulling up to the gate he decided to back out the way he came instead of turning around like a normal driver would do. I calculated my time and the use of my tractor and sent them a bill for 400.00 dollars. Received the check 3 days later. Bet they don't rut up my ditch again.


steve II JD4000    Posted 02-11-2003 at 17:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey that sounds good.
let them drive in the ditch again that is what you get paid for!!


Brad in IN    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:26:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had I been home when this happened I would have made them leave the trucks in place until I had a check. Fedex must follow UPS lead. If one of their vehicles is in a crash, a supervisor comes to the scene with a check book and settles right on the spot. In the long run it saves a lot.

BTW I spoke with the owner of the trucking firm. he was very nice and offered his side of things. I am going to leave the arguing between them, and have my Hand do the repairs on his own time, since i adamantly told him to not permit them to get of the lane.


Mike D.    Posted 02-11-2003 at 06:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Hoosier,
Your post made me recall getting a load of crush & run 3 years ago. We have a nice silver maple in front of the house. It is on the side of our lane. It used to have a 12" diameter branch that hung out over the road. I warned the dumptruck driver that he might want to start the lift just past the limb. He said that he had so much gravel on the truck that the box would raise slowly, no trouble getting stone by the tree. Well, he was right about the stone part. The lift seemed to work o.k, and fast too. He stomped down on that Cat diesel while raising the lift and WHAM
there went the branch, his cab lights, his sideview mirror, and cracked driver's window.
He kept moving until the box was empty. Then he backed up and asked me not to tell his boss. When he lowered the box it sort of zig-zaged back down wobbly like. The limb had a tire swing on it. The rope was an anchor rope that was 1 1/4 braided nylon. It never broke. The limb fell between the cab and the raised bed. When the rope got stretched some it snatched the limb out from the truck like a slingshot. All sorts of wiring came with the limb.
The next time I ordered gravel I asked them to send out the same driver. I told them we had some trees near the house that needed pruning.
The dispatcher said that driver didn't work there any more.


walt    Posted 02-10-2003 at 18:53:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would contact the owner of the dump trucks and explain your position. He sends someone to fix it, pays you to fix it or throw in a couple loads of gravel for free.


cornfused    Posted 02-10-2003 at 17:55:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems to be a hard concept to grasp for some, 4" of frozen crust will not support 20 tons.


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