DANGEROUS TRUCKING * USA: Dispatchers vs. Truckers' Sleep
* Michigan - The danger of forcing truck drivers to drive sleep-deprived exposed
(Video from ABC News - 18/9/2014: Each year thousands of accident fatalities are attributed to truckers who may need more sleep before getting behind the wheel)
Detroit,MICH,USA -ABC News, via 20/20, by JOSEPH RHEE and ALEXA VALIENTE -Sep 18, 2014: -- Out on the road, one trucker says many companies put unrelenting pressure on drivers to make sure loads are delivered on time... “Driving a semi-tractor like this, any small mistake can take a life,” Abe Attallah, 28, from the Detroit, Michigan area, told ABC News’ “20/20” ... Tight deadlines can mean more hours behind the wheel with fewer opportunities to rest, and drivers are only paid when the wheels are rolling... In the dead of night, Attallah was hauling a load of tomatoes to Wisconsin. About four hours into the nearly 400-mile run, Attallah said he started having trouble staying awake and was drifting into what truckers call, “microsleep” ... The dispatcher told him to drink some coffee and to go outside and walk around the truck, which Attallah had already done. He was then put on hold and transferred to another dispatcher, who also told him to get coffee and that no other trucker would be able to retrieve Attallah's load... Eventually, the company sent another driver to rescue his load of tomatoes to that he could get some rest, but the third dispatcher made sure Attallah knew there would be serious consequences for him making that phone call... A few months ago, Attallah quit his job at the trucking company and is now driving trucks between the oil shale fields of western Pennsylvania. He said he’s proud of exposing one of the industry’s biggest dangers...
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