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Yellow shirts require lessons in securing loads

By madocci - 14 October 2008 35

My better half has had his third near death experience in 2 years as a result of yellow shirts (AKA tradespeople) not securing their load.

The first experience was on a 70km stretch of road in Belconnen, where a ladder flew off the back of a ute and landed upright about 5 metres directly in front of his motorbike. Needless to say he was happy about the ABS he had payed extra to have installed on his new beamer.

Another similar experience occurred a few months later, by which point he had learned to keep an even greater distance from any yellow shirt’s ute. This time however it was a large piece of masonite flying through the air in his direction on the tuggers parkway.

Yesterday his leisurely ride home from work on the parkway was interrupted by another ladder going flying with a piece of masonite right in front of him creating another near death experience.

This leads me to a few points:

    1. Is anyone policing the tying down of loads? If so, there obviously isn’t a great enough deterrent occurring. All the emphasis on ridiculous speed cameras etc with no emphasis on other types of road safety indicates even more that it is simply revenue raising. How about an education campaign for how to secure down loads properly?

    2. It is only a matter of time before a motor cyclist (or motorist for that matter) is killed or seriously injured from this occurrence, I just hope it’s not my husband

    3. Even if you were in your car there would be serious consequences of a ladder flying into your windscreen at 100km per hour.

So my question is, is this just a matter of “everything happens in threes” and therefore not that common for anyone other than my hubby?

I am not usually on the road at yellow shirt peak hour (~7:30am and ~4:00pm) so I don’t have a comparable base to start from. Anyone else see loads going flying on a regular basis?

What’s Your opinion?


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Yellow shirts require lessons in securing loads
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jakez 12:44 pm
14 Oct 08
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That’s some scary stuff. I never even thought of something like that when I was riding. Then again I never road behind a ute.

I can’t think of anything that would preclude that from being an act of negligence, however I haven’t looked into the ACT situation in a very very long time.

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Thumper 12:45 pm
14 Oct 08
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Even if you were in your car there would be serious consequences of a ladder flying into your windscreen at 100km per hour.

Only if you consider your head being ripped off as serious.

Otherwise, no.

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RandomPoster 12:46 pm
14 Oct 08
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Something needs to be done to improve the situation. A few months back my wife encountered a kitchen sink on the parkway. Not good at the best of times, but significantly worse at peak times.

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SamTSeppo 12:47 pm
14 Oct 08
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It’s good to hear your man wasn’t hurt in those incidents.

1. Is anyone policing the tying down of loads? If so, there obviously isn’t a great enough deterrent occurring. All the emphasis on ridiculous speed cameras etc with no emphasis on other types of road safety indicates even more that it is simply revenue raising. How about an education campaign for how to secure down loads properly?

You’re assuming there’s money to be made in the policing of loads being tied down, and there’s not. Politically, anyone who talked about cracking down on tradies not securing their utes could probably be laughed out of office, and the coppers aren’t going to worry about it. Speed cameras are easy, they don’t discriminate (except against speeders), and more important, they bring in free money.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 1:46 pm
14 Oct 08
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To the gent in the green Landrover who lost his matching green trailer at the top of Erindale Drive on the weekend – the whole trailer, bouncing six feet in the air, then careening back and forth over three lanes before finally coming to rest on the traffic island – you’re very, very lucky. A few seconds either way and things would have been very different.

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PBO 1:57 pm
14 Oct 08
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I was under the impression that you could be fined for having an uncovered and loose load as it presents an obvious danger to others on the road. I recommend taking down their details and reporting it to the Police or to the company in question.

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Igglepiggle 2:18 pm
14 Oct 08
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I was the second car behind a ute losing several long pieces of timber at 90km/hr on William Hovell Drive northbound about 10am this morning. Some more thought in securing them before take off would have saved a few people a “life flashing before your eyes” moment

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Cameron 2:27 pm
14 Oct 08
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Woody Mann-Caruso said :

To the gent in the green Landrover who lost his matching green trailer at the top of Erindale Drive on the weekend – the whole trailer, bouncing six feet in the air, then careening back and forth over three lanes before finally coming to rest on the traffic island – you’re very, very lucky. A few seconds either way and things would have been very different.

Sweet jesus. The fact that no one was hurt is unbelievable.

About 15 years ago my mum hit a couch on the parkway. It had fallen off a truck who obviously didn’t notice and kept going. Destroyed the front of our car, but it made quite the story for me at school the next day…

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Thumper 2:29 pm
14 Oct 08
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I was on the grassy knoll…

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Woody Mann-Caruso 3:16 pm
14 Oct 08
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Igglepiggle

My son totally loves you, man.

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caf 3:31 pm
14 Oct 08
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When you come up with a design for an automatic badly-secured-load-detecting camera, let us know.

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AG Canberra 3:48 pm
14 Oct 08
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I hit a sheep once – just before I hit it the woolly thing, she had beeen happily travelling in a tarp covered cage on the back of ute….The door sprung open and out she fell. Her mates looked on in horror – as I did when I smacked into her and turned her into lamb roast…..

Yep securing a load is nothing to be taken lightly – problem is that “she’ll be right” seems to overide basic common sense.

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FB 4:14 pm
14 Oct 08
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Yes they do happen often. Yes they can be and are fatal, a friend of mines uncle was killed when a piece of rubble fell from a tip truck and went through his windscreen.

Yes it does get policed but not often. Years ago I rode my bike to a friends house and he droped me home with the bike in his trailer. The bike was not tied into the trailer (yes I admit it was stupid) and a passing Mr Plod stopped us and gave us a large fine, I think about $600 which back in the day was a lot.

About 6 months ago I went to the Mitchell tip and there were inspectors checking trailer rego and that loads were secured. I saw them issue a few fines.

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astrojax 4:23 pm
14 Oct 08
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abs isn’t standard on new bmw’s?? ffs…

this is far too typical, though (on topic) but says much for the encouragement to maintain an appropriate gap to the vehicle in front. tailgaters getting what’s coming, eh? (let’s hope, madocci, things do come in threes and mr madocci stays upright a while longer yet!)

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tylersmayhem 4:39 pm
14 Oct 08
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Yes, Astro is right, if you keep 5 car lengths between you and the car in front, then a rampaging trailer poses no risk 😛

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