Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a concrete truck driver in Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the driver and his family during this stressful time. Our drivers are the front line of our industry, and it is important we practice social distancing to limit their exposure.
Last week, we sent out a document provided by NRMCA with suggestions for limiting exposure between drivers and plant personnel. However, interaction between the driver and contractors or inspectors are inevitable, particularly on ALDOT projects that require original copies of the BMT122 or batch ticket.
Some companies are using poles to pass tickets. Another possible low-cost solution is the use of a refrigerator magnet with a clip. The driver could clip the ticket to the door from inside the vehicle or could clip the paperwork to the fender. The inspector or contractor could then grab the paperwork from the clip when the driver is safely back in the truck, minimizing interaction.
ALDOT has not mandated a specific technique, but asked the association to encourage the industry to limit exposure between drivers and their inspectors. Many companies have foregone signatures on batch tickets on private work, but a similar technique would work well when a signed copy is required for payment purposes.
If you have any questions please contact our office.