Written on: August 14, 2023
Over a three-year period, more than 200,000 vehicle accidents in the U.S. were caused by road debris resulting in 500 deaths, according to research done by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Close to two-thirds of those accidents were caused by debris falling off a vehicle, including unsecured or improperly secured loads.
Some of the reasons for accidents related to unsecured or improperly secured loads include:
Broken tie-downs – When it comes to securing their loads, many drivers rely on tie-downs, anchors, and other safety devices. However, it’s important to note that tie-downs can fail if they are worn down or damaged prior to use. Therefore, it is crucial to check the condition of these components before securing any type of load or cargo. Additionally, broken anchor devices can occur as a result of improper usage or excessive stress on the device. Prioritizing the maintenance and proper use of these safety devices is essential for ensuring load security and driver safety.
Shifting loads – Whether the materials are on a flatbed, or in a van or trailer, the loads shifting in transit can cause problems. Improperly securing a load can result in cargo movement or shifting within the truck or on top of a flatbed. During transport, such cargo shifts exert pressure on the truck’s door or tie-downs, potentially leading to cargo spilling out or even tipping over the truck. To prevent these incidents, drivers must take proactive measures to eliminate any room for movement and regularly inspect the load to ensure it remains securely in place.
Our commitment to safety in all our services is unmatched.
Every one of the C Three Logistics drivers is trained, licensed, experienced, and CETP certified.
We also use the latest technology to stay in touch with our trucks and drivers 24/7. This allows us to advise them of hazardous weather or other conditions, along with letting them know about alternate routes if there is bad traffic ahead of them on their scheduled route. This communication also allows you to know, in real time, exactly where your transport is, when it is estimated the transport will arrive at its destination, and also notifies you when the transport arrives.
Here are some important ways our drivers make sure your load is secure from the start of the transport to its arrival at your destination.
Know the limits – One of the easiest ways to put the materials, vehicle, driver, and public in danger is to overload truck. Trucks and flatbeds have a maximum load limit. Now is not the time for guesswork. If you’re uncertain, reach out to the manufacturer or supplier for accurate information. Consider implementing a load measuring system to further enhance your operations.
Check your equipment – The safety and security of the load rely heavily on the quality and condition of the tools and gear used for its securement. If you’re utilizing slings or straps that are excessively worn, there is a possibility that they may fail or give way while the vehicle is in motion.
Always conduct a thorough inspection of your gear for wear patterns or any signs of damage before securing any load. If you happen to come across any issues, it is crucial to promptly remove those pieces from service.
When examining these components, it is important to also consider their interplay. Before securing your load, ensure that it does not exceed the weight limit of your tools, focusing on the lowest capacity rather than the highest.
Check the balance – Proper load balancing is essential in addition to ensuring security. Off-balance loads have the potential to tip or slip and can even cause the equipment carrying them to tip over. Moreover, an imbalanced or off-center load can negatively impact the braking and steering of transport vehicles.
Stay vigilant – When transporting cargo over long distances, it is crucial to periodically stop during transit to ensure proper strapping and continued security of the load. This practice ensures the utmost safety throughout the trip.
C Three Logistics is committed to the safe transport of all materials. Contact us today for a quote .