I had an unfortunate event take place last week. Apparently during the loading process, my dry van trailer was damaged by the fork lift operator.

With this particular shipment that I carry, the clearance is tight to the walls and roof of the trailer. Unknown to the forklift operator, there was a damaged piece on top of the folding racks. The rack itself didn’t cause any damage while loading, however when they went to unload the material and barely lifted up the rack, it poked five holes in the roof of the trailer. Both forklift operators who worked on this shipment had no way of knowing that the rack had a piece of metal protruding out from it on top.

Unaware of this incident, I had left my trailer to be loaded/unloaded as usual and headed to the local truck stop to eat and shower. During my breakfast, I received a phone call from the receiving department telling me that my trailer had been damaged.

I left the truck stop and headed back to inspect the damaged trailer. I needed to fix the holes as I couldn’t take the chance that my load would get wet. Looking at the poked holes… they appeared small in size but I could see the daylight coming in from outside. Luckily, I had a roll of repair tape to make a temporary fix. This would have to work until I could fix it properly when I arrived home in a couple of days. I carried this tape in my truck for years and finally it was being put to good use.

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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/Tâ„¢, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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Sorry to hear of the damage but I'm glad it wasn't worse. It has always paid for me to carry extra tools and parts.

August 11, 2014 11:33:25 AM

Haz Mat decals make an adequate temporary fix/

August 11, 2014 6:19:15 AM

When I changed from the old Classic to this new Cascadia, it really became apparent just how much of a pack rat I can be. I carried way too many things that thought I'd need in the future. Extra clamps, filters, duct tape, nut & bolts, misc hoses, the list goes on. It always seems that once you concede to throw some stuff away, thats the time you'll need it.In situations like yours Henry, I carried a small cordless drill, some sheet metal screws and a few pieces of misc sized sheet metal from the shop stored flat on the bottom of the side compartment for times just like this.

August 10, 2014 13:58:23 PM

Some things might seem like you have them forever and that you're never going to use them, but they will come in handy some day.

August 09, 2014 1:46:14 AM