KEEPING THE WHEELS TURNING FOR OPERATORS
A MACK Granite tipper and dog rolls into the yard and behind the wheel is EPH Ambassador, Brett De Niese.
De Niese lets the big bulldog-branded tipper idle down before climbing out of his office.
It’s clear from the outset that De Niese is enthusiastic about both his job as a ‘mud carter’ and the company he represents.
“I just love the work,” he says enthusiastically flipping his shades on top of his head. “Some of the sites we get into can be a challenge, you have to be on the ball, but I love the challenge.” This isn’t De Niese’s first outing as an owner-driver. “I’ve been a driver for about 19 years,” he says, “but a lot of that time was working as an owner-driver.
“And I’ve been with EPH for about three years now. The company is great to work for and they do their best to keep my wheels turning. This is the best owner-driver gig I’ve had.”
De Niese pulls out his smart phone to give a demonstration of the app. The user interface looks pretty easy to navigate from an outsider’s perspective.
“The job allocation is sent to my phone,” De Niese says. “All the details of the job are there and I notify the office via the app when I’ve arrived and when I’m leaving. “The tonnage and type of material are all logged via the app.” As you’d expect from a company that touts customer service as a priority, all truck movements are tracked so all involved in the process know where the trucks are and when they’re likely to arrive on site.
“At the end of the shift I just get the customer on site to sign off on the days’ work through the app on my phone,” De Niese says. “The job then goes straight into the system for processing.
“I can see how much I earned for the day and when I’ll get paid, and it means that I’m not stuck on the computer at home invoicing in my time off.”
It’s clear that Brett De Niese is more than happy with his EPH Ambassador role. But it’s also clear that to him it’s more than just a job. “I love it,” he enthuses. “I love trucking,” he pauses and smiles sheepishly. “Yeah, I just love it.”
Brett De Niese says he loves both the job and working for EPH