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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby oldtrucker » Feb 28th, 2018, 11:20 am

Gixxer wrote:Yup driving a logging. Always a fun time working long hours, poor road conditions & lack of sleep


The worst day on the Coquihalla is nicer than any day driving a logging truck off road. Did it for a short while in Edson and found it to be a trade in itself. :hailjo: You have my respect sir.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby oldtrucker » Nov 17th, 2018, 2:34 pm

So...I was up on a mountain logging road that had the typical less than one lane cut out of a cliff side. Truck and trailer at 17 tons empty. While climbing a the hill, it spun out and slid backwards, accelerating faster and faster...I jumped out just in the nick of time before it went off the cliff. Another near life experience. Minor injuries only.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Jflem1983 » Nov 17th, 2018, 3:27 pm

Never hauled logs. Swamped on some big rig moving iron. Off Highway trucking. Rollin around the bush in giant bed trucks. Pick up a shack and f off. The power of these trucks is incredible. Many have 150 ton winch plus auxillary winch at 30 or 50 tons.


Worked on some western style rigs. Got pretty tough down around Kindersley when i was a young fella. Running the last double fast line rig anyone knew about. Drinking near professionally. Worked with so many crack heads and drunks. So many days with no sleep going to work. Barely get into the truck.

Brooks was worse. Whole crew was on crack. Lasted 6 months in the best western. Crack dealers were on stand by for our crew. Consultant was on it too. Top down it was a gong show. Lucky i survived.

Lloyd made brooks look like a cakewalk. Lloyd was out of control. What happens in lloydminster. Stays in lloydminster.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby GenesisGT » Nov 17th, 2018, 4:54 pm

I worked in an Ottawa government office, saw a fellow employee get a nasty paper cut, blood everywhere, had to rush him to the nursing station, two yes two bandaids, three weeks off recuperating, rest of us had to have PTSD consuelling. Work Safety determined we had to have special training before anyone could handle paper again. Took over two months to train everyone.

Still have nightmares of that ugly incident, which helps with receiving a bonus on the pension for stress caused in the workplace.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Queen K » Nov 18th, 2018, 6:11 pm

oldtrucker wrote:So...I was up on a mountain logging road that had the typical less than one lane cut out of a cliff side. Truck and trailer at 17 tons empty. While climbing a the hill, it spun out and slid backwards, accelerating faster and faster...I jumped out just in the nick of time before it went off the cliff. Another near life experience. Minor injuries only.


Wait a sec, you mean this was recent? :200:
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby oldtrucker » Nov 18th, 2018, 9:31 pm

Queen K wrote:Wait a sec, you mean this was recent?

Yup.
One of a few 'near life experience' I've had over the years. Hey , I rode it out as long as I could until I decided that I no longer had any influence over the machine and that it was going over the cliff anyway...if I'm in it or not.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby sobrohusfat » Nov 19th, 2018, 5:48 am

oldtrucker wrote:'near life experience'


"Full Life Experience"

...the adventure continues... lol
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Queen K » Nov 19th, 2018, 7:51 am

Thankfully :200:

Who got to pull the truck out? Tow truck driving is also a dangerous job, right?
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Jflem1983 » Nov 19th, 2018, 12:08 pm

How about search and rescue.

Never done it for real. But i have covered a lot of ground.

Imagine getting woke up middle of the night. Have to rescue these two boneheads.

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/242327 ... kers-saved
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Bsuds » Nov 19th, 2018, 12:21 pm

How about Military personnel in a War zone?
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Queen K » Nov 19th, 2018, 1:52 pm

Search and rescue is a very dangerous volunteer situation. Sometimes what they find is so traumatizing that the members need counselling.

It's a very special calling. Takes training, patience and team work.

I can not imagine getting those calls, but the man I know who participates in S and A takes a great deal of time to take special courses and practice rescues. The technical knowledge they need is vast and the equipment they need is expensive.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 19th, 2018, 2:12 pm

Sometimes, the psychological damage that is caused to unpaid, volunteer, rescuers can be much more dangerous than the physical aspects.
A broken leg will take 6 weeks to heal, psychological damage, may never heal.

Good point QueenK.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby Queen K » Nov 19th, 2018, 2:25 pm

In my job, many people are found passed away. And not always from natural causes either. I know people who had to take LOAs.

I've had walkers thrust hard at my legs.
Been hit.
Had sexual innuendo given out.
Been asked to pull dead weight up off a low surface.
Had things thrown at me.
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby sobrohusfat » Nov 19th, 2018, 8:58 pm

Queen K wrote:Tow truck driving is also a dangerous job, right?


MVA scenes...

Queen K wrote:...Sometimes what they find is so traumatizing that the members need counselling.


...and in that respect they are often overlooked
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Re: Dangerous Jobs

Postby MAPearce » Nov 19th, 2018, 10:29 pm

^^ I'd say they're better at looking over a wallet when they get a call for a tow that isn't cover by BCAA ..
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