Early this morning I accompanied my eldest son making a delivery of pre-formed rebar cages to a construction site in downtown Toronto. My day started a bit earlier than normal, leaving the house at 4:20 AM. All of the images in this article were captured handheld using the M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 mm f/4 IS zoom lens in available light.
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We started our morning driving out to Welland, where my son secured the load of pre-formed rebar cages with various straps.
While the cargo wasn’t particularly heavy, coming in at approximately 7,000 kilos, it was slightly oversized. This required special warnings to be affixed to the trailer.
Failure to affix the designated load warnings on a trailer can result in significant fines being levied by Ontario Ministry of Transportation inspectors.
I found the night time lighting to be quite interesting so I captured a few handheld images using a 1 second shutter speed.
With the load properly secured, we headed off to downtown Toronto focused on making a delivery at the designated crane time.
Once my son backed down the city street and into a narrow crane unloading area he unfastened the load of pre-formed rebar cages. Flat deck trucks drivers must know how to use a range of fasteners and follow specific safety guidelines.
Regular inspections of a commercial truck and trailer are required to be performed by drivers. These happen every time before a driver picks up a load, or after making a delivery.
If anything is found to be worn or damaged it is reported, then repaired or replaced. Regular inspections of various components are also done by service shop personnel of commercial fleets.
Tires are inspected daily, each time before a commercial truck takes to the road.
Driving a heavy-duty truck with a 53-foot loaded trailer attached takes a lot of skill and experience. Job sites are often hectic places. Sometimes this necessitates loaded trailers being moved to other locations on the job site. That was the case this morning.
After my son secured the load again, he drove it through city streets over to the other site of the job site as directed by site management. After unfastening the load, a large crane was used to reposition the pre-formed rebar cages on the job site.
With the task of making a delivery completed, it was time to call into dispatch to receive further instructions. From downtown Toronto, we headed off to Fort Erie.
Spending time with my eldest son doing a drive-along was a very enjoyable experience as it gave us some personal time to catch up face-to-face. It also brought back memories of my time spent working in the trucking industry.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do another drive-along with him the next time that he is assigned to transport an oversized load into downtown Toronto. That will require a safety escort, special permit, and police assistance. Moving 80 foot steel girders on highways and in city traffic requires special attention!
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. This is the 1,102 article published on this website since its original inception.
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