Friday, October 3, 2008

My Dear Sweet Husband!

Last week Jeff was working the night shift and almost got hurt pretty badly. He and one other haul truck were going to the same shovel to get a load of dirt. One went right the other went left. They were both backing in towards the shovel when the other truck blew a tire and threw a rock straight into Jeff's windshield at who knows how many feet per second. Fast. Jeff had no time to react. There was just a huge pop noise and he saw the crack in the glass. They have a safety glass which is good. They rock did not go all the way through the glass, but the glass was very "spongy" where the rock hit he said and there was glass dust all over his dash. If it had continued on his path it was headed for Jeff's chest and face area. He was pretty upset about it.


So after telling Jeff that I didn't want to get one of those phone calls, my dear sweet husband has applied for a new job. He would work only days in shorter intervals. Instead of seven days on/seven days off; he would go four days on/four days off then five days on/five days off. Its also a much less stressful job as far as getting in trouble if something happens to your truck or tires. In haulage, if he gets a flat tire whether its his fault or not they write him up and watch him like a hawk for about a year. If it is his fault he could get fired on the spot. It costs about $25,000 to buy one tire for those trucks and each company that orders them is only allotted so many per year. The company Jeff works for is a world wide company and they still only allot a certain number per company. So if they use up all the tires in one mine on another continent, they are still screwed everywhere else. Last year they ran out of tires and the mine bought I think five new tires from an independent manufacturer for $250,000 each. I will let you catch your breath! The guy that blew his tire the other night got into some trouble for what happened. Jeff's windshield though, was not really a big deal. They just replaced it.

You could fit a pretty big house in the bed of this truck.
Jeff put in for the survey department. Those guys who walk around with hard hats, orange vests and little tripods and mark up the streets etc...I think what they look for is the structure of the rock/earth so they can determine where to dig/mine next. As we understand it; it is a pretty under-the-radar kind of job. The mine needs them to keep operating, but they only need a certain number (which they have openings for right now) and they pretty much never lay people off. And they don't pressure you about your equipment etc. Its also outside most of the time which Jeff will love. I am excited for Jeff. Hopefully he will get hired and be able to enjoy what he does a little bit more than sitting in s huge truck for 12 1/2 hours a day going 30 miles an hour with a 2,000 ton load in his truck bed!
As for me, I am just excited that he won't have to sleep during the day and I won't have to keep the kids quiet for 7 hours straight one whole week each month.

10 comments:

Laura said...

Wow!!! I have never seen anything that big!!

Holly Child said...

Oh my! Well...good luck to Jeff!! Hope he gets the job!

meghannamarie said...

We all hope he gets hired! That would be very nice and it sounds better all around ... better hours, not getting killed, more exercise, being outdoors! Good luck and let us know how things work out!

Kimmy said...

i have never seen a truck so big. that is so much money for just one tire! it's just less than what i make in a year. i am glad that jeffy is ok. i think he has had enough injuries in his life. i hopfe he is able to get this new job!

IdahoHatchlings.blogspot.com said...

Good thing the windshield is safety glass. Glad everything was okay for him. Good luck with the new job, Jeff, hope you get it.

The Waits Gate said...

I didn't realize his trucks were THAT big! Hopefully he will get this new job. It sounds like it will be good for everyone. Good luck! Glad Jeff's okay!

Frasure Family said...

Agree with Kim, Michele, and Amelia. The truck is huge and I have no idea how to drive that. I think Eric's pickup is big and hard to drive sometimes. Hope Jeffy gets the new job!

Amber Nish said...

Dont you just love it when your husband does someting for the greater good of the whole family!! We just decided that Ryan becoming a chiropractor was too great a sacrifice for our whole family to make, and this week, he decided to give up that dream for the pursuit of a more imoprtant one...our family! Huge weight lifted for me for sure!! We sure did pick some good ones!!

Colby & Rachel Mower said...

he should prob just get a job in CO and you can move back here... ;)

Kandice and Rob said...

I didn't know he was driving haul trucks!! Geez. And I know all about the crazy tires - I was in the supply chain dept when I worked there & it was nuts to see all the strategy, planning, etc. that goes into everything.

I'm so glad he's OK! Good luck with the other application.