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Sample Client Vocational Affidavit
AFFIDAVIT OF Robert Gordon
STATE OF New Hampshire
COUNTY OF Rockingham
Robert Gordon, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
I submit this affidavit to explain why I am unable to perform the material duties of my occupation as a CDL-A Tractor Trailer Driver/Merchandiser for my company Clifford W. Perham Trucking Which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shaw’s Supermarket which is owned by the Albertsons supermarket Chain
My job as a CDL-A truck driver is an extremely demanding occupation, requiring both physical and mental stamina. The nights are long and the environment is incredibly stressful, requiring an intense level of concentration on a continual basis.
My arrival at the dispatch office was required by 6:00 PM and my night would not end until 6:00 AM most of the time an extra hour and half after that do to paperwork fueling of the truck or rush hour traffic delays to name a few.
My night starts off as follows punch in at 6:00 PM report to dispatch office and receive work assignment for the night (consisting of 2 or more runs per night) (but can often go as high as 12 stops a night) go to assigned tractor and perform a pre-trip inspection of the tractor checking fluids belts, hoses, and overall condition of tractor. if tractor passes inspection I would take paperwork and hook up to designated trailer and perform a trailer inspection checking service lines lights. tires .and condition of trailer. Then call security to be checked at guard shack. Then I would drive an 80 thousand pound 18-wheel tractor trailer to my fist stop which is usually in the downtown Boston area during rush hour traffic stop go stop go! arrive at my destination and have to back into loading dock in very tight areas.
Then must wait for Store manager/receiver to remove security seal then a worker would come to unload contents of trailer (I am required to help) consisting of Produce, Meat, Dairy, & Grocery pallets. Pallets must be broken down and put into proper coolers, cases of product range from 1pound to 100+ pounds. usually 24-28 pallets to a trailer. when trailer is empty I must call dispatch and return to warehouse facility for next assignment unhook / hook up to next trailer inspection stop at guard shack and continue on to next store which usually is a lot further out ie: cape cod Massachusetts, or Burlington Vermont ( all over New England area) Maine, Vermont New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and once at the store repeat unloading process then call dispatch and return to warehouse unless there is a backhaul to pick up because of someone calling in sick, or a driver breakdown and if it’s a holiday week a 6th workday is mandatory.
High energy and mental sharpness are required to perform these duties of a CDL-A tractor trailer driver and yet so much more, driving at night in the elements snow, rain, ice just to name a few, You must be well rested and alert at all times any lapse of judgement or fatigue will cause a major wreck, damage to equipment and loss of life! Not to mention significant monetary damage that could potentially reach in to the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as damage to the reputation of the company. The following is an hour-by-hour summary of a Typical night at my job.
6:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.- arrive at dispatch office/punch in
Wait for dispatcher to give assigned run for the night
Go to assigned tractor and perform pre-trip inspection consisting of checking all fluids belts and hoses and over all condition of tractor once complete drive to trailer staging area.
Waiting on warehouse to release paperwork for assigned trailer.
6:30 P.M. –7:00 P.M.- Hook Up To Trailer
Hook up to trailer and perform pre-trip trailer inspection consisting of connecting service lines to trailer checking to see if fifth wheel king pin is locked and secure, checking lights, tires, reefer temperature and over all condition of trailer
Call security and give tractor and trailer and store information over CB radio
Once cleared by security and pass guard shack protocol I then exit the warehouse grounds
Once exiting warehouse, I drive fully loaded tractor trailer to my first destination
7:00 P.M. –8:45 P.M. Drive/Arrive 1st Store
Drive in rush hour traffic in downtown Boston many distractions people, cars, trucks busses, trains, and bicycles (crazy) congested traffic and back trailer into to receiving dock.
Call store manager/receiver to let them know I have arrived
8:45 P.M. –10:00 P.M. Unloading Trailer/Pallet Breakdown
Once the Store manager/receiver and I are at the trailer the security seal can be broken and the unloading process can begin.
The receiver starts unloading pallets of product with a pallet jack and I must help unload and break down pallets to be able to fit into the appropriate coolers.
Produce goes in the produce cooler, and dairy goes in the dairy cooler, and meat goes in the meat cooler ETC.
Unloading has to be done this way because different products require different temperatures and these coolers are placed in all different areas of the store.
I must help break down pallets that are too tall.
I must operate pallet jack and help unload truck.
It is very challenging and chaotic at times to get this work done in a hurry and sometimes mistakes happen this job requires me to do a lot of stretching, reaching, bending, and stooping, lifting of heavy product and twisting, you see drivers only have so much time allotted to them to get this delivery done.
Dispatch calls if you don’t check in by a certain time window and the pressure to get it done quickly is so intense in order to avoid being written up. Once unloaded I call dispatch and am directed to return to the warehouse for the next run.
10:00 P.M. – 11:15 P.M. – Drive Back /Arrive at Warehouse
Drive tractor trailer back to warehouse (light traffic now).
Arrive 11:15 P.M.
11:15 P.M. – 11:45 p.m. – Prepare for 2cnd Run
Drop trailer in yard, drive to warehouse staging area. hook up to new trailer perform trailer pre-trip inspection. Once done call security and report to guard shack for a trailer seal check, once cleared drive to next store. example (Orleans Massachusetts)
11:45 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. – Drive/Arrive at next store
Drive to Orleans Massachusetts in early a.m. hours approximately 2-21/2 hours.
Call store manager/receiver and let them know I have arrived.
2:00 A.M. – 3:30 p.m. Unloading of trailer/pallet breakdown
Once the store manager/receiver are at the trailer the security seal can be broken and the unloading process can begin.
The receiver and I start unloading pallets of product and I must help unload and breakdown pallets to be able to fit into the appropriate coolers there are usually 24-28 pallets of produce, dairy, meat & grocery product, these cases are (1- 100+ pounds) very heavy and awkwardly shaped and require me to do stretching, reaching lifting bending stooping and twisting and this is a very difficult thing to do repeatedly 12-14 hours a night 5-6 nights a week.
Once unloaded I call dispatch and am directed to pick up a backhaul/or return to the warehouse.
Drive trailer back to warehouse.
3:30 A.M. -6:30 A.M. – Drive to warehouse/Post trip+Paperwork punch out
Drive to warehouse arrive 5:45 A.M. drop trailer and perform a post trip inspection of trailer checking brakes, lights, and overall condition of trailer and writing post trip report.
Unhook trailer and proceed to fuel island and perform post trip inspection on tractor this may take up to an hour to perform you see there are several drivers returning and leaving at this time and all are performing same duties. Fuel tractor, log in gallons used, perform post trip inspection ie: check and top off all fluids oil, coolant etc. check all belts and hoses, and overall condition of tractor. return to dispatch office and perform paperwork ie; vehicle inspection reports, fuel reports, and nightly tractor trip sheet of mileage give paperwork to dispatcher then punch out.
I must drive tractor trailer between 325-500 miles a night 5-6 times a week I drive all over the New England area.
Destinations included Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to supply the 169 stores in the supermarket chain.
Sitting for long periods of time driving in stressful conditions at night in the elements, ie; snow, rain, ice, its either very busy or very boring. you must be alert at all times!
This job is physically demanding and requires me to be able to lift heavy cases of produce, dairy meat, and grocery products 5-6 nights a week. This requires me to load/unload trailer of palleted product physically grab cases of produce and breakdown and hand stack in order to get the job done. 24-28 pallets per trailer and requires me to do a lot of stretching, reaching, bending, twisting, and stooping.
Driving an 80-Thousand-pound tractor trailer all over the New England area requires me to be awake, alert, and to be physically and mentally well rested.
I am tested at random for drugs and alcohol and I am required to have a complete physical every 2 years per company policy and DOT regulations.
While extremely physically and mentally demanding, driving/merchandising and doing repetitive motions is an occupation that I have been doing practically all my life it’s all I know, prior to becoming disabled, it was the type of environment in which I thrived. My life now has been devastated due to my struggle with my illness. Recently, at the age of 45 and once a successful company oriented CDL-A truck driver, and because of my unfortunate diagnoses’ and disability I have since been denied my CDL-A status and have been disqualified from working by DOT and also the state of New Hampshire, my inability to work and support myself has caused me much hardship. I can’t afford my mortgage and may lose my house, everything I have worked my whole life for seems to be slowly slipping from my grasp. Since August 2013, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, (back) Arthritis in both my right and left metacarpal (thumbs) Depression, Obesity, and Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a blood oxygen level of 37%I have had a 2cnd and 3rd opinion and all say the same thing all we can do is treat your condition ie; medication, surgery, c-pap equipment but there is no cure. My chronic back pain is severe and intense, and makes it difficult for me to concentrate. I find it very difficult for me to sit or stand for extended periods of time. My pain prohibits me from carrying things such as a laundry basket of clothes or lifting even a gallon of milk, this includes walking upstairs or driving a vehicle,also my severe obstructive sleep apnea affcts every aspect of my life,and causes me chronic fatigue,I experience daytime hyper-somnolence which causes me severe drowsiness during the daytime hours,even after several hours of sleep while wearing my c-pap apparatus I awake tired and unrested.I feel tired,drowsy and groggy constantly.I don’t drive because I am not alert and cant react defensively in ordinary driving situations or conditions.
I SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT THE ABOVE AND FOREGOING REPRESENTATIONS ARE TRUE AND CORRECT TO THE BEST OF KNOWLEDGE.
__Robert Allen Gordon ___________________________________
State of _____________
County of ___________
SWORN to and SUBSCRIBED before me, the undersigned authority, on the _____day of _________________, 2016, by __________________.
_____________________________ Notary Public, State of ___________y take up to an hour to perform you see there are several drivers returning and leaving at this time and all are performing same duties. Fuel tractor, log in gallons used, perform post trip inspection ie: check and top off all fluids oil, coolant etc. check all belts and hoses, and overall condition of tractor. return to dispatch office and perform paperwork ie; vehicle inspection reports, fuel reports, and nightly tractor trip sheet of mileage give paperwork to dispatcher then punch out.
I must drive tractor trailer between 325-500 miles a night 5-6 times a week I drive all over