Famous Haulage Work Stories

If youre feeling a bit tired and jaded, why not have a smile with a few haulage work stories.

Believe it or not all of these are true!

The Grand Tour

The poor shipping clerk sitting at his desk was desperately trying to explain to an irate client why their trailer load of critically important Italian imports was still sitting in Dover 3 days after arrival without a tractor unit to deliver it. The driver had in fact vanished upon arrival in the UK and there were now serious concerns for his safety.

A few minutes later, the phone rang. It was the Italian driver saying that he was in the Lake District and was enjoying a few days sightseeing before going back to Dover to collect and deliver the trailer. Cue a sudden very rushed telephone course in basic Anglo-Saxon!

Forklift Tricks

A flatbed 12-metre containing one last pallet pulled into the jammed warehouse for unloading.

The inexperienced forklift driver was new to haulage work and decided that to reduce manoeuvring, hed take the weight off the pallet and ask the driver to pull forward. He called out to drive forward as he lifted the pallet a couple of inches or so off the trailer or rather he thought hed lifted it.

The pallet had in fact jammed onto a stanchion and as the truck pulled forward, in spite of frantic unheard calls to the driver, it started to take the forklift with it. Once the forklift reached about 45 degrees, its driver understandably decided to abandon ship and fortunately avoided injury as the forklift finally toppled and crashed to the ground. Who said turning over a forklift was impossible?

Thanks for the Meal

A major client of a haulage work company asked them, at very short notice, to send somebody to supervise the loading of a trailer at their premises. As usual, nobody was available so a trainee was sent just to fly the flag. He was told to keep an eye on the loading and also to take the clients shipping manager named John out for lunch. Upon arrival, he met someone in a suit by the trailer and said hi you must be John. Having shaken hands, he took John down to the local pub for a hearty lunch.

When he returned his own the office, an indignant manager demanded to know where hed been as hed had a complaint from John that hed never turned up. You guessed it after much confusion, shouting and mutual recriminations, it turned out that hed got the wrong John. He had, in fact taken someone out for lunch that actually worked for another company whod by chance been in the loading bay when hed arrived!

Oddly, the guy hadnt objected to being plied with free food and beer by a complete stranger. The moral of this tale? Be careful with Johns!

The Need to be Flexible

A driver was asked to collect an 11m long solid steel tube weighing several tons. Arriving at the warehouse, he was disturbed (to say the least) to find that the tube was in fact closer to 14m long and far too long to transport legally with his vehicle.

Phoning back to his base, he left a message and asked for instructions.

The helpful text message that came back? Can you bend it a bit?

Thats the trouble these days people in haulage work just dont understand the importance of flexibility!

Getting an Overview

The manager of a large French-based haulage work firm decided to come over and familiarise himself with the UK operation. His secretary thoughtfully sent through to the UK head office his requested itinerary, the final sentence of which read, Please ensure he gets taken to the local whorehouse. Stunned silence and confusion resulted. Always keen to be hospitable and comply, several people started speculating just how he could be helped to find such an establishment. It was only after some time and a couple of exploratory phone calls,that someone came up with the bright insight do you think they mean warehouse?

One cant help feeling a little sorry the confusion was spotted in advance!

Like all jobs, haulage work can occassionally be a grind. Yet it can also generate a few laughs and experiences along the way!

Lyall Cresswell is the Managing Director of Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry across the UK and Europe. It provides services for haulage work companies to buy and sell road transport and freight exchange in the domestic and international markets.

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2 comments for “Famous Haulage Work Stories

  1. Anonymous
    December 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    Riveting book., October 29, 2014
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    This review is from: Dying to Have a Baby: A True Story (Kindle Edition)
    I read this book in 3 days riveted by every detail. It is well written and held my interest through out. If there are any lingering doubts regarding Dr. Matteo’s character and integrity please cast them aside. His hospital was my hospital and we nurses had a saying if you want to know anything about a doctor just ask a nurse. Many of the nurses and doctors who knew him asked him to deliver their babies. He was and still is a very competent, compassionate, trusted and meticulous physician. He delivered my first Grandchild and proudly held her up in the air as if she was his own. As for the fertility specialists I am appalled they are still in practice. I wish I had an opportunity to meet the amazing lawyer who carried this case to it’s end. Great book Mr. Zausner.


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  2. H Waltman
    December 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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    A very sad TRUE medical case and interesting characters!, June 27, 2014

    This review is from: Dying to Have a Baby: A True Story (Kindle Edition)
    First, I wish I could give more Stars.

    Mr. Zausner writes in a way that makes you feel like you are with Suzanne (patient who wants a Baby), Tony (her husband) and how he feels, and many others. You can’t help but start to make your own decision as you get closer to the end of the book! The book has many twists and turns in it and you will be amazed at what information comes out during the courtroom section.

    Note: Photos of the people are also included.

    Dr. Francis Hutchins, Jr. testimony is incredible to read about and his words come back throughout the book! I think you will like Tom Kline….

    The Epilogue – this part is very chilling…..read the last paragraph and how close Suzanne’s “DREAM” was to becoming reality!

    Epilogue: The Author also gives you an update of the characters after the case (years later). Learn about what happens to the Settlement money, body, etc. If you love court cases, mysteries, crimes, etc. you will truly enjoy this book!!!


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