- Safety tips
- Terms & Definitions
- At the loading site
- At the dump site
- Dump procedures
- Safe operations on the road
Benefits of using this manual
Now available for trucking companies, the test for the training manual titled "How To Dump A Frameless End Dump Trailer". This test includes multiple choice, fill in the blank and true or false questions.
- Provide a basic level of knowledge on safety, responsibilities and techniques.
- You are not relying on the memory of the trainer to teach everything a new operator should know.
- You are not relying on the memory of the trainee to remember everything a trainer teaches them.
- You know what your drivers are being taught.
- By providing a written training manual, your drivers can review it or refer to it at any time.
- Your new operator gets up to speed quicker.
- Your experienced drivers get an excellent refresher or continuing education on safety and techniques.
- It's your equipment, protect it! Protect your Insurance rates. Provide
your operators with the most complete information on safety and techniques of operating a
frameless end dump trailer.
- If you have an excellent safety record, congratulations!
This manual is an excellent tool to help you continue your safety record.
For a complete safety program, you should provide a copy of "How To Dump A Frameless End Dump Trailer" to all of your end dump drivers. This includes company drivers and all lease truck drivers. It is strongly suggested that they read the entire manual 3 times. The manual is not extremely long. By doing so, they will learn and retain the information better.
Their benefit is:
- They will be more knowledgeable about the operating the equipment.
- They will be protecting their income by preventing accidents.
- They will be protecting their income by preventing breakdowns.
- They will be protecting their own personal safety.
You will benefit also, those benefits are:
- They will be protecting your equipment.
- They will be protecting your income with less repairs and less wasted time.
- Protect your insurance rates.
- Better service to your customers.
Promote the idea to review the manual whenever the driver has some time, such as waiting for a load. Safety meetings are an excellent time to cover two or three safety items as review and discussion.
All of your driver trainers, dispatchers, field supervisors, shop supervisors and safety personnel need to be very familiar with the training manual and be committed to teaching all information in the training manual. To teach anything other than what is in the manual is to compromise your company training program. They must all be committed. Safety is a company wide effort.
Don't allow anything or anybody to distract you. This includes C.B. radio, cell phone, the person signing your tickets. As the trailer goes up, the trailer could start to lean or rock side to side. You watch your trailer. If things don't look right, let the trailer.......
Push Block If your trailer has one, it will be located on the rear of trailer. It provides a safe place for a loader or some other equipment to push the trailer. Do not push without one. Damage could occur........
Before you raise the trailer, your tractor/trailer must be in the correct position. The correct position is with the tractor and trailer in a straight line with each other. The reasons are......
As the trailer is going up, you are going to be doing several things and looking for several things at one time. These are.........
The trailer is up all the way. The load has come out as much as it can. There is still material stacked up in the trailer because there is no place for it to go. Press in the clutch......
While watching trailer move forward, watch for daylight under the trailer and between the two sets of duals. When you see daylight, the load has cleared the trailer......
At the end of day, always clean out the trailer at the job site. Left over material can harden and be very difficult to get........
Here is what happens next to the driver who is not familiar with dumping in loose material. The driver puts tractor in low gear to pull forward. But, due to the loose material, the tractor ends up spinning the tires. The drive axles are jumping up & down and digging.....
If you do have a fuel spill, call your dispatcher or supervisor. Be prepared to describe the size of the spill, is the fuel running out of the tractor, the terrain, is the fuel funning off or soaking in the ground and......
Pulling the tractor/trailer backwards. Due to the different configurations of trailers, you should .......
Go get another load! ! ! !
Hello, my name is Cort and I am now an end-dump driver for a trucking company in north, Austin, Texas. I am writing you to let you know your manual on how to dump a frameless end-dump trailer was very beneficial in helping me make the transition from a belly-dump trailer to an end-dump trailer.
I must admit I was very intimidated by the end-dump. On my first day of training, I witnessed the aftermaths of two trailers overturning. One even overturned onto another one dumping next to it, and two of the three trucks involved were from our company. Soon after these accidents the company acquired your manual for new trainees as well as for the experienced end-dump drivers to read and be tested over. It even required belly-dump drivers to read it and be tested over it too. This was because your manual not only covered the basic steps involved in dumping end-dumps, but also covered as well, many safety items that every driver should know and be able to recognize.
Reflecting back on those accidents mentioned above, I wonder if they would have happened if they'd only read your manual? Again, thanks because after reading your manual and getting some experience dumping the trailer, I am no longer as intimidated by it as I was before! And, yes, I do keep your manual in my cab and review it from time to time.
I have a small excavation company and we are now, needing to run some of our own
import and export off of job sites. I drove a full-frame end dump 21 years ago
but, did not know anything at all about frameless. After reading your book, I
decided to buy one. I now have a used 26’ frameless STECCO demo tub that we will
put to work in a few weeks.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Follow up from David
I have to thank you again. If it were not for your book, I think I probably
would have wrecked the truck today. My first two loads in a frameless end dump
were big rocks. So, I learned something today. All of the rocks will not come
out. Some will come out and they will fall down behind the trailer. Then the
back of the trailer (push plate) will hit those rocks and then, if you keep
raising the bed, you will pick the dump axle up off the ground.
I’m here to tell you that your advice about keep your hand on the dump lever and
watch the box saved me a truck today. My running partner said that there was an
inch of air under the dump axle and the top of the trailer has just started to
move when I hit the down switch.
If there is anything I can ever do for you, I would be happy.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
I received the manuals. Thank you for the prompt response to my order. The books
are very well written and provide some excellent information both for new
employees and for seasoned pros.