Archive for May, 2011

Truckie ‘blew up like balloon’ in freak accident

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Pic Source: Google Images

A New Zealand truck driver who inflated “like a balloon” when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle was described as lucky to be alive, a New Zealand newspaper reports.


Steven McCormack was working on his truck at Opotiki on the North Island on Saturday when he slipped between the cab and the trailer, dislodging the compressed air hose that feeds the brakes, the Whakatane Beacon reported.

It said the brass fitting that the hose had been attached to pierced Mr McCormack’s left buttock in the fall, sending compressed air rushing into his body. The 48-year-old said he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.

“I was blowing up like a football… it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon,” he told the newspaper. Workmates rushed to Mr McCormack’s aid, turning off the compressed air and packing ice around his swollen neck.

Ambulance officers removed the brass nozzle from his buttock and rushed him to Whakatane Hospital, where a surgeon treated the injury and drained one of his lungs, which had filled with fluid during the ordeal.

Mr McCormack said doctors later told him that the air separated fat from muscle and they were surprised his skin did not burst. Now recuperating, he told the Beacon his skin felt “like a pork roast”, hard and crackly on the outside but soft underneath. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed details of the freak accident, which she said could have killed Mr McCormack.

“It’s fair to say he’s lucky to be alive, it was a potentially life-threatening situation,” she said.

– AFP
Source: ABC News (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/25/3226586.htm?section=justin)

Truck Insurance Explained

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Truck Insurance can help you get back to doing what you do best...hauling freight (Google Pic)


Who is a potential candidate for truck insurance?
Whether you are an owner driver or your business operates a fleet of heavy trucks, you’ll need to carry insurance for the vehicle. Truck insurance can protect against loss of your heavy truck and pay for damage to the load it is carrying as well as people, vehicles and property injured in the event of an accident.

What typically does a truck insurance policy cover?
Heavy truck insurance is available as comprehensive or liability. Comprehensive covers replacement of a new truck within the first two years. It also covers signwriting, artwork and other accessories like gates and chains on the truck, and up to a limit of $10,000 to clean up a load after an accident. Trailers that are not owned may be covered by a comprehensive policy, typically up to $50,000. Liability, whether packaged with comprehensive or purchased on its own, typically covers personal injury and damage, including load damage, up to $25-30 million.

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What typically does a truck insurance policy not cover?
The standard comprehensive policy does not typically provide good cover for dangerous or hazardous goods, offering a very small $250,000-$1 million. Also, some insurance companies only cover non-owned trailers for liability, not comprehensive. This can leave you responsible to pay for the loss out of your own pocket if the trailer is stolen, damaged or lost.

Additional insurance products
There are many additional products you will want to ask about, depending on what you haul. For example, if you offer earthmoving services, you’ll want to obtain special coverage for that activity. You may also want to look into down-time insurance, to help cover income loss during times of slow business. If you have a fleet, additional insurance is available to cover other vehicles and heavy equipment necessary to keep your fleet and the goods you carry moving, such as forklifts and cranes.

Additional coverage for a truck insurance policy
If you’re carrying hazardous goods or materials, make sure you have extra coverage beyond the small dollar amounts on your comprehensive policy. Some insurers offer options such as cover for legal costs related to an accident, employer indemnity, extra liability coverage for leased property, cover for non-standard accessories, and payment of your truck finance bill in the event of an accident that results in total loss of your vehicle.

What will truck insurance typically cost?
The cost for truck insurance depends on several factors: the size, weight and age of the truck, the typical distance the truck is traveling, and what it is typically carrying. Insurance policies differ in price from company to company, so taking the time to research what’s offered will help save you money while getting the best coverage possible.

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Truck Insurance

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Ray Playle (Truck Insurance Australia) with rugby league legend Shane Webcke at the 2011 Brisbane Truck Show

While visiting the recent 2011 Brisbane Truck Show and speaking with truck dealers and truck owner drivers, one common point of discussion that was regularly raised was truck insurance.


Truck Insurance can be a minefield at times, but with the right truck insurance agent or broker, truck insurance can be made easier for you.

Lead in time to start your truck and transport insurance is paramount. Giving your truck insurance agent or truck insurance broker enough time to search the truck insurance marketplace ensures that you are getting the right truck insurance.

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The cheapest truck insurance premium does not always mean the best policy for your business. Look for all those protective add-ons that will give you confidence with the truck insurer you are dealing with.

Loss of work time and understanding that trucks are workplaces and people need to keep earning money is critical to understand from a truck insurer. So look for a company that strives to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

High repair standards, counselling and support to drivers who have been involved in a road accident are just a few expectations you should automatically expect from your truck insurer.

Remember….. a truck insurance policy is a piece of paper… it’s a promise, so make sure the truck insurance company you are dealing with, delivers on their promise to you.

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Truckies impressed with Brisbane Truck Show 2011

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Brisbane Truck Show 2011 at the Brisbane Convention Centre

The Brisbane Truck Show 2011 has been an outstanding success with Thousands of visitors rushing the opening doors at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Thursday and Friday to gain entrance.


Brisbane Truck Show organisers must be pleased with the large crowds, as there is everything on show including prime movers, semi- trailers and a plethora of aftermarket products that has truck enthusiasts drooling from the mouth, confirming the fact that the Brisbane Truck Show is the largest and best Truck Show in the Southern Hemisphere.

The face of the Brisbane Truck Show, the great Broncos, Queensland State Of Origin and Australian international rugby league player, Shane Webcke, was on hand fulfilling his role as the Brisbane Truck Show Ambassador and the role obviously pleased him as you could not miss his huge frame and welcoming smile.

If you are a “truckie”, a truck enthusiast or just want to catch up with the up to date changes within the trucking industry, the Brisbane Truck Show 2011 is a must for you. The Truck Show finishes Sunday 8th. May

(I still can’t figure out how they get those huge prime movers and trailers into position for display purposes and there is 3 levels of exhibitors, so give yourself plenty of time.)

Volvo FH 16 700 from Brisbane Truck Show to WA

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Volvo FH 16 700

On Monday 9th of May, Andre Keune will drive his new Volvo FH16 700 horsepower truck off the Volvo stand at the Brisbane Truck Show and take it 4,500 kilometres across Australia to his base in Perth.


Andre Keune has been using Volvos, as part of his fleet, since he bought a Volvo F 12 back in the mid-1970s. His company Keune Transport is based in Perth but delivers all over Western Australia to places such as Port Hedland, Broome, and the communities in the Pilbara whose place-names are bywords of the Australian mining industry: Newman, Tom Price, Pannawonica, Brockman, Yandi, West Angelas, Area C and Hope Downs.

‘The journey to the mines is about 1,600 kilometres each way,’ says Andre, ‘and my drivers do that in 15-hour shifts in just under three days. They load ammonium nitrate from a fertilizer factory at Kwinana, south of Perth, which takes about four hours all up and then they’re off.’ The trucks go to the mines twice a week, every week.

The iron ore and gold miners of Western Australia use a lot of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, but it’s not for growing vegetables! They’re mixing it with diesel to make blasting explosives. Andre Keune’s Volvos deliver this most vital of mining tools, to some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the country, in conditions that would challenge any truck. Meanwhile, Andre’s other trucks are hauling triple freezer trailers up to Broome, a 4,600 kilometre round trip.

Each of those trucks does six trips per month to Broome and are crewed by two-up driver teams. ‘They’re all long-distance trips and we’re hauling pretty big loads,’ says Andre. ‘The road trains carrying the nitrate are B-double tipper units with a 6-axle dogtrailer and a triple-tipper unit rated at 145 tonnes GCM, with a payload of over a 100 tonnes.

‘When we get the new (FH16) 700 out there we’re going to put a quad behind it rated at 168 tonnes GCM. With journeys this long, every tonne counts.’ So does fuel consumption. Having done the same journeys himself many hundreds of times and with the same drivers for many years, Andre has a very clear picture of the effect on fuel consumption of different engines and driver behaviours.
‘Two things I really like about the Volvos is their Volvo fuel consumption and Volvo supreme comfort,’ says Andre. ‘I ask my drivers to only have a 90 km/h cruising speed because I know that once you get above about 92 km/h, the fuel consumption goes up by about 7%. Couple that with Volvo’s economical engines and we’re talking about a lot of money saved.’

‘I’m thinking of taking the (FH16) 700 back to the hotel in Brisbane after the show and asking the valet to park it for me, ‘laughs Andre, ‘if this is going to be our swansong, we might as well go out in style.’

GOODYEAR LATEST TYRE INNOVATIONS UNVEILED AT 2011 BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The 2011 Brisbane Truck Show from 5-8 May will host the launch of Goodyear’s latest commercial tyre innovations for the Australian market, the UrbanMax MCA and Omnitrac MSS II and MSD II.

Taking place at the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre, the CVIAQ event will showcase a huge range of trucks, trailers, transport equipment and technology, including the exclusive unveiling of the UrbanMax and Omnitrac tyres at the Beaurepaires stand throughout the weekend.


David Hamilton, Goodyear Commercial Product Manager, explains that the innovative new products are significant introductions for the industry. “The Goodyear UrbanMax MCA, an all position tyre, is specifically designed for use by municipal vehicles operating in tough urban environments and offers high mileage, enhanced damage resistance and superb braking, particular on wet roads,” Mr. Hamilton said.

“While the Goodyear Omnitrac MSS 2 for steer axles and Omnitrac MSD 2 for drive axles offers mixed service vehicles the latest in Goodyear’s Max Technology platform packed with benefits including enhanced mileage and traction.” “We believe that these tyres set a new benchmark in the municipal and mixed service markets.”

Goodyear UrbanMax MCA

New UrbanMax Municipal Tyre Gives More Mileage

The UrbanMax MCA is a member of Goodyear’s innovative family of Max Technologies, which use latest technology materials, dedicated tread patterns and durable carcass construction for the new range of city buses, garbage trucks and other municipal vehicles. “The Goodyear UrbanMax MCA is a significant new product for our customers and the industry. The biggest improvement is in the mileage these tyres offer,” Mr. Hamilton said. “Tyres in municipal operation suffer from rapid wear rates caused by frequent stopping and starting, tight turning circles and casing damage from grinding against curbs.

“To address these common tyre issues, in addition to significantly higher mileage, the UrbanMax MCA features reinforced sidewalls, which provide increased protection against curb damage, and sidewall wear indicators to identify worn sidewalls. Low noise emission is a further advantage for passengers and the environment.”

The tread of the UrbanMax has a wide five-rib pattern for high mileage, low noise and good handling. Edge blading gives excellent wet performance as well as even wear. The hi-amplitude centreline gives the MCA its all position capability as it provides traction. Finally the shoulders are non-intrusive for damage resistance.

Omnitrac MSD II

Goodyear Omnitrac ‘Next Generation’ Mixed Service Tyres
Goodyear’s latest truck tyres for mixed service applications, the Omnitrac MSS II and Omnitrac MSD II, are the newest Max Technology products from the tyre manufacturer, and offer a wide range of benefits for operators of tippers, concrete mixers, mining vehicles and other vehicles in the construction world. “Enhanced mileage and traction with greater damage protection are the main benefits of the Goodyear’s Omnitrac MSS II tyre for steer axles and Omnitrac MSD II for drive axles,” Mr. Hamilton said.

The UrbanMax MCA and Omnitrac MSS II and MSD II will be unveiled at the 2011 Brisbane Truck Show from 5-8 May

Brisbane Truck Show 2011 Footy Deal

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Special 2 for 1 Footy Game Offer

The 2011 Brisbane Truck Show is running a “Special” footy ticket deal at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show. It’s your chance to get “2 footy tickets” for the price of one at the Broncos -v- Melbourne Storm game, check out the advert for details and don’t forget to take along your 12 page A5 Official Show Guide to claim your ticket.


The “footy” game offer is open to Brisbane Truck Show Visitors and Exhibitors.