Being provided handcarts.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by undies, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. undies

    undies Active Member

    Sooo, we've been having a lot of base routes put in to deal with the recent volume and I've had to go out without a handcart because my center and every other center seems to not have any spare handcarts. It makes my job so much harder as most drivers know. What can I do here? File a grievance for not being supplied proper tools and equipment? Kindly ask my division manager to order more handcarts? Just suck it up and kill my back carrying one box at a time to all the damn apartment buildings? Thanks.
  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Not your job to provide yourself with a hand truck.

    Take 11 hours to do that 8 hour dispatch, you'll get one!
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  3. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Back in "the good old days" I would have stopped at a hardware store bought one and taken it out of my COD cash turn-in. I suppose you can't do that now? :wink2: Life sucks without a handcart. If you were around here I would give you the one I rescued from the dumpster when UPS went to all aluminum carts. It only weighs about 10 times what they do now but I hauled tons of cardboard on it. On second though I couldn't part with it. I still use it for hauling stuff like refrigerators, washers and dryers-----or at least I loan it out to friends who do.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The company is required to provide you with the materials that you need to do your job safely---this includes handcarts. Ask your center team to order a handcart for you.
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  5. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    Ask and ye shall receive . . .

    Section 14. Package Cars
    "A package car will be equipped with a hand cart at the driver’s request."
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  6. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    When you get your hands on one,,, LEAVE IT at a trusted pick up and you will know where it is every day !!
    I had two of them out on the road and the customers where great,never touched them !!
  7. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    I don't want to get you in trouble, but what we used to do if we didn't have our two-wheelers, we told them we were leaving until we had one. If you want to turn a driver sup into a scurrying rat, what him find you a dolly before your start time. Our sups would always go steal them from other centers.

    But maybe your best bet is to just calmly tell your center manager that you feel it is a safety issue, not having a dolly. Tell him since you, and you alone are responsible for your safety, that you feel it is risky and dangerous to do your job unsafe. Them ask him, "What do you want me to do?" See what he says. Also, have a grievance written up referring to Article 18, like JonFrum says above.
  8. undies

    undies Active Member

    Well, being a utility driver it's really hard to do that!
  9. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Get yourself a good bike lock and take it out and lock it to an out of the way pole each night.

    The one at the strip club does not count.
  10. bellesmom

    bellesmom Member

    Our supervisors will take bolt cutters back to the area drivers have them chained and locked. There is no safe place.
  11. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    We have guys that chain them in the truck, lock and key.
  12. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    Next time to have a over 70 and no hand cart call and ask them to send you help than follow Over9five advise.
  13. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    I got a Masterlock U-shaped bike lock...much harder to cut.

    I lock my hand-truck to a railing, next to the 20+ other locked up hand-trucks.

    Tell the center manager you can't leave until you have a hand-truck. When he says, "aw, come on, you're on a house-call route, you don't need one", refer to the PCM you've just recently had about the proper way to load an over-70 onto a hand-truck.

    Refer to the Eight keys: Get an object in your POWER-ZONE! (Hard to do with a 4'x6' 120lb PBTeen bed getup)... Use existing equipment...(hard to do if you don't have said equipment), etc.

    Refer to the 5 keys to avoiding slips and falls...kind of hard to scan your walk area when you're carrying a stack of amazon/zappos packages up the rich ladies' awesome curving stone staircase...

    If you want to 'take it to the streets', message the center (every time) that you need help with an over-70 and the consignee isn't home...someone's going to have to break off and help you...rinse, repeat.

    Bring it all back to safety, and throw in some efficiency arguments if you want to get fancy, but your center manager needs to get you a hand-truck.

    (and when you get one, lock it up with a good lock...)
  14. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    File a grievance.

    The company is required to provide handcarts.

    You would think that the handcart would simply be considered part of the package car, like a tire, and that every car in the fleet would have one aling with a few spares back in the building. Its not rocket science.
  15. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Can you change your font?? The lettering is to small it hurts my eyes
  16. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    That's what I do. I have a city route. I'll crash and burn without a hand truck. Like literally a 15 hour day if I don't have it.
  17. BigBrown3605

    BigBrown3605 Member

    During peak, I would take my dolley home with me every night.

    OVERBOARD Active Member

    If you want you can have the one in my garage.

    P.S. Before someone calls me a thief I'm joking.
  19. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I bought a nice one at one of those tool sales at the Holiday Inn for 20 bucks. It's easier than carrying my beer into the house.
  20. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    You work A LOT more carefully and any bulk or overweight you call for a second driver. Make their problem just that, their problem.
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