Monday, February 26, 2007

All in the Family

Greg Werner is the new Screw-O-Matic King for Werner Enterprises. Expect no positive changes as C.L. will keep his eyes open and his wallet tight. Safety will be last!

And Werner is in China now. Werner has screwed U.S. drivers so good, that Werner will try to cheat Chinese drivers as well. With no hours-of-service in China, Werner can run a driver for 24 hours a day and pay them about $100 a month--or less. No joke when WernerScrews wrote: World Domination...Werner's SS World...Screw 'em.


This is a good article by Stephen Labaton and the Amherst Times that discusses safety and the unholy alliance between the Feds and Werner.

A Family’s Lawsuit

After Ms. Edwards’s death, her only son, Steve, a professional musician in Chicago, sued the trucking company, Werner Enterprises of Omaha, and the driver involved in the accident, John L. McNeal, 36. Mr. McNeal was dismissed shortly after the accident.

Mr. McNeal said in a sworn deposition that he had been tired from driving all day from Tennessee without a break. He had been in the cab for about 12 hours, including about 8 hours at the wheel. Because he had been driving trucks professionally for only a month, he was assigned a trainer, who had slept much of the trip.

After Mr. McNeal acknowledged he was at fault, Werner Enterprises settled the lawsuit for $2.4 million. Werner’s general counsel, Richard S. Reiser, said that the company had a strong safety record and that its training program far exceeded the federal requirements.

[That's a sick joke.]

Mr. Reiser said that Mr. McNeal was in compliance with both the old and new work hour rules but acknowledged he was unfamiliar with the proposals by safety groups that would have prevented the driver from working as long as he did that day. He also said that any driver who was tired should stop, regardless of how long he had been on the road.

“The driver should be the one who says, ‘If I’m tired, I should pull over,’ ” Mr. Reiser said.

[How often have we heard that lie? If a Werner driver pulls over and sleeps, they will be terminated or forced to quit.]

Mr. Edwards, though, thinks responsibility for safety goes beyond individual drivers, and links his mother’s death to the Bush administration’s decisions against imposing tighter driving limits. “These drivers are working hard every day on the road to make a living,” he said. “They are overtired and underpaid.”
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