Part of our business is providing training for companies.
We go into their business and provide them with training on TONS of different topics.
Some of the things that we have touched on so far include: Defensive driving, What to do when you are the first at an accident, forklift operations, safe equipment operations, OSHA walk through, Vehicle inspections, load securements, pretty much anything DOT related, slips trips and falls, drug awareness, hazmat awareness, and so much more…..
Recently I was at a company talking to their drivers. The topic came up about what we should do if we are diving and are the first ones to find an accident in the middle of the road.
This was an easy question for me because of my fire background.
I told her that the first thing I would do is put my hazards on and call 911. As I was calling 911 I would walk up and see just how bad the accident was.
If someone needed immediate attention I would be sure to let 911 know.
The next thing I would do is that I would use my truck to shield the accident. I explained how when a fire truck comes up to an accident scene they literally park their truck at an angle a short distance from the accident across one lane of traffic.
The reason for this is that if someone is not paying attention and they come barreling down the road, they will hit the truck and not proceed into the accident, making a horrible situation even worse.
That driver will hit the truck, something that can easily be replaced, then be deflected off the side of the road.
Somehow that ruffled one of the drivers’ feathers. He bowed up and said there is no way I am going to do that. It’s not my responsibility!
I said that it was 100% their choice what they did, but I would gladly sacrifice my truck if it saved even one life.
After the training the manager of the company came to me and said, that was solid advice, thanks for sharing it with our guys. That is something that I really want to implement throughout my department. Thanks again.
I didn’t think anything of it.
Then a few weeks later I got a call from a local state trooper. “Hey Dan, are you telling drivers that it is their OBLIGATION to BARRICADE the road when there is an accident, and they get stuck in traffic?”
Wait, what did you just ask me?
No joke, those were the words that this one driver told the state trooper, word for word.
So I took a few moments to explain what really happened and exactly what I told the guys.
As we were wrapping up the conversation he said to me, “Dan that is great wisdom to share, I’m not sure how this idiot got his wires crossed, but if you really told them what you just told me, your influence could actually save lives on the road, thanks for what you do!”
A few days later I saw the driver that had that conversation with the state trooper, and he or his wife wouldn’t even make eye contact with me.
I just laughed in my head at the situation.
Because I knew that God had my back. And I also knew that having a hater isn’t always a bad thing. It just means that I am gaining success in my industry.
I smile as I write this, because I know the whole situation. And I feel that you would benefit from knowing it as well.
I worked with the person to help them get the business they bought off the ground. But as soon as they showed that they wanted to cut corners, constantly, I knew that we wouldn’t be a good fit to work together.
So, I ended the relationship, with no hard feelings at all. At least on my end.
Today their business is still at the safe revenue they were at when we stopped working together, while our on the other hand was 5X in that same amount of time.
I’m not telling you this to brag. In fact, I had a hard time leaving this in here.
I tell you this so that you can see that when you start succeeding, others get greedy and turn into haters.
If you are someone who is willing to put in the work. We are opening up 5 spots in our business coaching program. To learn more you can send me an email Dan@eclipse-dot.com
Until next time.