Lug Nuts, Skid Plates, Gas Tanks, and Dozer Brakes

By Travis Dotson

The Winter 2018 issue of Two More Chains is out. You should stop reading this and go read the actual issue.


You are still here so I will keep going.

A quote from the intro:

“We at the LLC have been accused on more than one occasion of shouting at the masses from the comfort of soft chairs in the tallest of ivory towers. Fair enough. Although you really should invest in a climb up to our high point. The view is great from up here—good spot for a lookout.”

This refers to all those times we have tackled topics like culture, identity, risk, learning organizations, and all the other big picture type stuff we like to unpack, daylight, and question in pursuit of growth. This current issue of Two More Chains is an attempt to level out our approach – get some nitty gritty “get better” lessons circulated based on recent incidents. (I spew my spew about the “get better model” in the Ground Truths section. Read it to get context on the highlighted pull quote below.)

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In the main portion of this issue a few nuggets call for action. These are not new if you’ve been paying attention, but it doesn’t hurt to have them float to the top for a polish every now and then. Here they are:

When the Wheels Come Off

Can you guess what these images have to do with lug nuts?

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The Floor is On Fire

Yep – dry grass and twigs collect between the skid plate and floorboard of several UTVs – then we drive around in the giant ignition source we all love to fight.

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Fuel Geysers and Your Brain

22 fuel geyser incidents recorded in 2017 – it’s still happening folks.

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TSA Opens Firefighter’s Fire Shelter Case

TSA doing their job could impact the unexpected emergency moment you carry this thing for.

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Those are all the real Nuts and Bolts type stuff. And then there is this, the best part of the whole issue:

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This is an interview with this dude, veteran dozer operator Bryan Baxter from the San Bernardino National Forest.

While he has plenty of lessons for your plate, you should go read this because it explains the rest of the story around this:

“Gary had to quickly jump over the blade to prevent being consumed by the tracks.”

Bryan took that event and inspired large-scale learning about the placement of controls inside the cab of certain dozers.

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You’re still here.

Go read it, already: Winter 2018 Two More Chains.

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