No-touch freight has been around the industry for quite some time, but there are still questions on exactly what no-touch freight is. When searching for trucking jobs, you will see a lot of advertisements for no-touch freight, but if the company is 95% no-touch freight… what does that mean to you as the driver?
ABCO Transportation is a true no-touch freight company. We care about our drivers and want them to stay healthy and without injury. If you want to learn more about no-touch freight and how it works, continue reading further.
What Is No-touch Freight?
How is no-touch freight defined? In most cases no-touch freight means just that, the driver doesn’t touch the freight in anyway. They pull in and someone else will load and unload the truck. Some companies will state that 99% of their freight is no-touch. That usually means that out of the total number of loads they move, there will be some portion that will need to be rearranged or will require the driver’s help. Even in a no-touch freight situation, there might be some cases where a driver will have to rearrange freight to make sure the weight requirements are correct and he can move the load through multiple states if needed.
No-touch freight saves drivers a lot of time.
By letting the shipper or receiver load and unload the freight, the driver now has a chance to rest. Depending on the shipper or receiver, it could take anywhere from a half hour to a few hours to unload or load the truck. During this time, some drivers take small naps to catch up on rest, some check-in with their dispatcher to find out information on their next load and some take the opportunity to call the wife and kids.
No-touch freight prevents injury.
Drivers are already open to different types of injuries from just driving the truck itself. Injuries can occur from accidents, slipping or falling, stress and strain on the muscles from sitting for long periods of time and various other concerns with this type of work. Drivers don’t want to have to unload or load freight after driving for eight to ten hours a day. When drivers are fatigued, there is a lot of room for error.
Since truck drivers are usually not certified forklift drivers, this places the liability on the shipper or receiver in case of any damages to the trailer or freight. Preventing these potential injuries and errors saves a lot of time, paperwork and money for the carrier, shipper and receiver. This also helps to prevent lawsuits between companies trying to figure out who is liable for the damages or hurt employees.
At ABCO Transportation, we care about our drivers and their safety. We want to make sure you stay safe on the road. If you have any questions about no-touch freight, please contact us. Also, connect with us via our social media networks.
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