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Trucker tells all about Safety in Trucking on ABC’s 20/20

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Abe Attallah of Run Hard Convoy- Tells all on 20/20- 9/12/14 - 10 PM ET on ABC

Abe Attallah of Run Hard Convoy- Tells all on 20/20

 

Mark down the date and time
Friday September 19th
10pm ET
ABC’s 20/20
Replay of show

 

 

Professional CDL truck driver Abe Attallah was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 regarding the topic of Safety in the Trucking Industry. Also interviewed for the segment were relatives of comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, who was killed during the famous Tracey Morgan “Walmart Crash”.  The show is scheduled to be aired on Friday 9/12/14 at 10 PM.

As many may remember back in March, Mr Attallah, while working for K&B Transportation, notified his dispatcher that he was too fatigued to drive.  Truck drivers have the full right and authority to determine when it is unsafe to drive, period. ( FMCSA Regulation § 392.3

Once the dispatcher is informed by the driver, the conversation should be over, but that is not what happened to Abe.   Read more

Mr Attallah recorded the conversation between himself and dispatch. He had experienced this kind of behavior in the past and decided to have evidence of it this time. The video was made to submit to K& B as proof, but Abe said that when he did submit it to the safety department, their reply to him was,  “that’s how we do things here at K&B….. . At that point he made the video public.   Richard Wilson of TCRG consulting spoke to Abe and then notified FMCSA soon after the incident occurred.  FMCSA was “enlightened” of this type of behavior ( which prior to this incident, they had only “heard” of such occurrences)

 

After the video went viral on YouTube, the owner of K&B apologized to Abe. Abe stayed for 3 more weeks with K&B, however, the company continued to stack his breaks and he had two more incidents with the same dispatchers that were recorded in the video.  Abe decided to then quit.

Recently Abe got a copy of his DAC report from HireRight, and instead of a comment by K&B on his DAC, Abe has told us that it says to call them ( K&B) for more details. Gotta love the DAC report… and the companies that use it for retaliation.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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7 Responses to Trucker tells all about Safety in Trucking on ABC’s 20/20. - Post a Comment

  1. Loni

    Good Job Abe!

    I am not a truck driver but I have spent a lot of time traveling on highways at all hours. I have seen a lot of close calls with semi trucks and several overturned trucks on straight away roads, indicating the driver dozed off. Your job is a huge responsibility and I commend you for sticking to your guns and have the courage to make your experience public even to the potential backlash by your company. In my opinion, regardless of the circumstance, if a driver calls in saying that s/he can not drive because s/he is falling asleep that drive should in no way be persuaded or pressured to continue. . I would ask your employer how much it costs damages their profits to have an at fault crash, damaging cargo, their truck, their employee, and potentially civilians and corresponding lawsuits. Thank you for putting your safety and the safety of others first.

  2. fireanrain

    T
    rucking Invests Over $7.5 Billion on Safety
    Late last month, ATA testified before Congress that the industry invests more than $7.5 billion in preventing crashes on the nation’s highways. “The trucking industry places safety at the top of its priority list,” ATA Executive VP Dave Osiecki told the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. “Our industry spends more than $7.5 billion each year on safety, and that investment is making a difference,” Osiecki said. “Over the past decade, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes has dropped 17%-even with the industry operating an additional 2.7 million trucks and driving an additional 54 billion miles. More trucks, billions more miles, fewer crashes.” Those investments include safety training, safety-related bonuses and incentives for drivers, active safety technologies like collision mitigation, active braking and video monitoring and electronic logging devices.

    Osiecki said trucking’s investments were only part of the solution and called on the federal government to do more to address highway safety by addressing the primary causes of crashes. “Driver error causes most crashes. More specifically, driver mistakes and driver misbehaviors, by both professional drivers and passenger vehicle drivers,” he said. “In fact, car drivers contribute significantly to truck crash numbers. If the regulatory, enforcement and safety program lens is focused properly on the most common mistakes and misbehaviors by all involved in the safety equation, big safety gains are possible.” Osiecki cited reducing speed, electronic logging and stability control rules, along with aggressive on-road enforcement of driver behavior, as areas the government should be focused on to improve safety.

  3. Gary Brent

    I am a former FedEx Express employee that was terminated by FedEx for photographing unsafe FedEx Ground Trailers and FedEx Express Tractors/Trailers. I am a former Airline Pilot, Flight Instructor, Aircraft Dispatcher, Instrument Ground Instructor, and U.S. States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Capt. My pictures are the Smoking Gun
    that proves FedEx Corporation is being protected by the U.S. Government from being prosecuted for criminal acts. Brian Gruzalski a FedEx Aircraft Mechanic, also a Whistle Blower who was terminated has filed a lawsuit and his allegations can be viewed on the internet. FedEx is a company that does not follow DOT Regulations or FAA Regulations. Innocent people are being killed and maimed because the government is shielding them from any oversight. Just look at their recent Drug Indictments and FedEx Freight accident in Orland CA., April 11, 2014.The FMCSA and NTSB south out FedEx Ground’s VP of Safety and Vehicle Maintenance to travel with them to talk about Transportation Safety; this VP was in charge when I recorded the pictures of the unsafe FedEx Equipment;
    This is a definite conflict of interest, the OIG of The DOT dismissed my charge against FedEx Ground.

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  5. Possible Trucker

    THIS is exactly why I have decided NOT to become a trucker. I don’t want a midnight call from dispatch telling me to remove my personal belongings from the truck and leave the keys behind. No wonder the trucking industry has a so-called driver shortage. They alway will have a shortage as long as drivers are treated like shit.

  6. Marty Richards

    This is all nonsense. I am a driver and I have no problem dealing with similar situations.

    Abe had 20 hours to be rested and if fatigue was really an issue (rather than lack of discipline) he could have stopped for and hour or two to take a nap – the company would be fine with that.

    This dude is just a wussy attention whore.

  7. Wade sage

    Law makers are the biggest problem the laws we have scare me ive been driving for over twenty two years when I heard the law will change 14 on 10 off my god I was scared I knew my carrier was going down hill and I’m screwed and I was right we have people making laws that don’t have a clue, we have dispatch that is blind or they just don’t care I drove for rich logistics I was up driving for 4 days at a time no sleep, 5 thousand mile weeks and they didn’t notice or care. Yes my friends that was not good enough for Keith Everett the cussing loud mouth disrespectful with lying fat lona the night shift supervisor, she is a horrible, liar liar liar. rich logistics was the worst trucking company I have ever drove for in my life and that company.,,’,,,,,,,,,,there time will come they will hire the wrong person and piss em off then something will really go faitally wrong that company fired me and kept all of my clothing and all personal items and that is very sad I’m fighting for my unemployment and they have me fkng MAD and I’m controlling my temper but I don’t know for how long I want my property back. I will take care of it within the legal system. Yes I’m a MADD fkng man

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