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General Chat Thread, Fuel crisis over in General; I'm leaving IT to become a truck driver, i feel like Goose did in Top Gun The Daily Mash - ...
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    Fuel crisis over

    I'm leaving IT to become a truck driver, i feel like Goose did in Top Gun


    The Daily Mash - FORTY-TWO GRAND - TO DRIVE A TRUCK

    oooops excuse the url title

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    I know bonkers!!! That's the first thing I thought when I heard how much they earned!!

    I can't read the article due to the f word!!

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    They do work very long hours though. They also drive at 60MPH for very long distances, must do your head in big time!

    Not saying its worth £42k but the shifts, hours, overtime etc is a lot. I'm sure the £42k includes any overtime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    I'm leaving IT to become a truck driver
    There was an interesting quote on the news the other day, talking about why the fuel tanker drivers were striking, i.e. that tanker driving is a "difficult and dangerous job". And I'm not saying it isn't a difficult/dangerous job, either - but could someone please look into the "dangerous" part a bit more closely and, uh, kind of fix whatever it is that makes it dangerous?...

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    Yes but they will all die early due to sitting down all day doing a sedentary high stress job, not like us computer techs.... doh!

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    They are driving a bomb. I'd say that is dangerous

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    I wouldn't like to drive a fuel tanker through a busy city, No Way!

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    Dangerous? When was the last time someone in their industry was injured (and by injured, I mean serious enough to count as an injury, not a scuffed knee or something) due to the job?

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    one spark and your History
    But then again - Arent tankers fairly well built these days?

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    Yep but are they in more danger than a fire fighter?

    They do have to pass a couple of exams so they can explain what happens when you smoke near petrol and about 4 different driving tests 'BUT' £46k woa!!!


    But then again - Arent tankers fairly well built these days?
    Not to mention we've all seen tankers explode in films, no one ever dies
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    "dangerous" part a bit more closely and, uh, kind of fix whatever it is that makes it dangerous?...

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    Have you seem what they eat?

    I think they are also responsible for pumping the fuel from the tanker to garages tanks, which could carry a risk of explosion.

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    its a dangerous job every film i see with them in has people blowing them up, making them drive on only 1 set of wheels, sliding along the ground.
    not to mention the contant threat of terminators

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    its a dangerous job every film i see with them in has people blowing them up, making them drive on only 1 set of wheels, sliding along the ground.
    not to mention the contant threat of terminators
    Yeh but as mentioned above no one ever seems to die as long as you're running away you just jump in the air a bit.

    Don't fancy the terminator bit though, 'They absolutely will not stop, EVER untill you are dead'

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    They do have to pass a couple of exams so they can explain what happens when you smoke near petrol
    I could tell you that without any exams....

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    Have you seem what they eat?

    I think they are also responsible for pumping the fuel from the tanker to garages tanks, which could carry a risk of explosion.
    I worked in a petrol station and the risk is very low. Precautions are common sense - make sure there are no ignition points, make sure all seals are in place and let it pump.

    Nothing that I would call dangerous. Certainly not more dangerous than working in a petrol station, where people ignore the signs and smoke, use their mobiles, leave engines running etc...

    The most dangerous aspect of petrol is when there is vapour, which is a lot more flammable. During pumping from a tanker to a forecourt, there is minimal contact with the air, so the amount of vapour is low.

    During filling a car, there is a constant stream of vapour and as such, there is considerably more risk.

    Yet a forecourt cleaner or a station attendant will earn near minimum wage.

    Add in the risk of being robbed and it makes it seem even more unreasonable.

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