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Flatbed Load Securement Training & Certification

What does it cover? Our OSHA-compliant cargo securement certification courses meet current standards and regulations. Whether you want certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

We offer three different types of training for flatbed load securement training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. This is an OSHA-compliant load securement training PPT (PowerPoint) presentation to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

The train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info

Competent Person

Competent person training takes a more in-depth approach to safety on the job. These trainings cover everything regular employees are trained on plus any additional responsibilities placed on the competent person.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in this Flatbed Cargo Securement Training Course?

Our Cargo Securement safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

Training Scope: Each class contains sections on governing bodies, requirements, securing processes, specific cargo, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5-2 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA standards for cargo securement:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 49 CFR 393 Subpart I: Protection Against Shifting and Falling Cargo

  • 393.100 – Which types of commercial motor vehicles are subject to the cargo securement standards of this subpart, and what general requirements apply?
  • 393.102 – What are the minimum performance criteria for cargo securement devices and systems?
  • 393.104 – What standards must cargo securement devices and systems meet in order to satisfy the requirements of this subpart?
  • 393.106 – What are the general requirements for securing articles of cargo?
  • 393.108 – How is the working load limit of a tiedown, or the load restraining value of a friction mat, determined?
  • 393.110 – What else do I have to do to determine the minimum number of tiedowns?
  • 393.112 – Must a tiedown be adjustable?
  • 393.114 – What are the requirements for front end structures used as part of a cargo securement system?
  • 393.116 – 393.136 – Specific Securement Requirements by Commodity Type
  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • NSC Standard 10 – Cargo Securement

  • Part 1 – General Provisions

  • Part 2 – Specific Securement Requirements by Cargo Type

  • Part 3 – Default Working Load Limits

  • Part 4 – Manufacturing Standards

Train the Trainer Certification

The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Competent Person Training

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.” Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. This training fulfills OSHA's training requirements.

Why do I need cargo load securement safety training?

Cargo securement requirements exist for vehicles that have a gross vehicle rating over 10,000 pounds, as well as any cargo being carried. These vehicles must ensure that their cargo load cannot shift or become detached from the truck or trailer. This ensures that all cargo arrives safely and doesn’t cause any accidents or damage.

When it comes to tiedown requirements and specific cargo securement requirements, it is often tricky to know all the requirements needed to ensure that cargo is safely secured. If these requirements aren’t fresh in driver’s minds when securing cargo, it is easy to grow complacent and develop bad habits. Around 80 deaths a year are caused by debris falling from vehicles. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the fallen items were secured properly. This training can help educate employees on proper securement practices to prevent cargo from becoming loose and protect themselves, their cargo, and the other drivers on the road.

Did You Know?

  • Road debris falling from vehicles contributes to over 30,000 accidents a year.

  • This results in over 6000 injuries per year from road debris that fell from a vehicle.

  • More than one in three crashes involving debris occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when roads are the busiest and people are most likely to be hauling heavy items. (Source: AAA)

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is cargo securement?

Cargo securement is the process of attaching and immobilizing cargo on or within a vehicle with structures and equipment of enough strength. This ensures that cargo can’t shift or come loose during the transport of cargo.

Why is cargo securement important?

It’s important to secure any cargo so that it doesn’t fall into the road or another vehicle. Even if the fallen cargo doesn’t strike another vehicle, it can force them to swerve and lose control. In addition, cargo shifting can affect the truck driver’ control of the vehicle.

Which group is mainly responsible for regulating and monitoring cargo securement?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a branch of the Department of Transportation. One of its responsibilities is to create, monitor, and enforce cargo securement regulations.

Who is responsible for load securement?

The FMCSA regulations state that the motor carrier and the driver are responsible for ensuring that cargo is properly loaded and secured.

What can you use to secure cargo?

Cargo can be secured through tiedowns, which are securing devices that are attached to anchor points. Cargo can also be immobilized with containment methods, blocking devices, and bracing equipment.

How many tiedowns do you need to use?

Tiedown requirements vary based on your cargo’s length, weight, and type.

Do tiedowns have to be a certain strength?

The total restraining power of your securement devices must be at least half the weight of your cargo. This can be calculated based on what devices you use, their individual strength, and how they are attached to the cargo or trailer.

Can all cargo be secured in the same way?

No. Certain types of cargo have additional securement requirements or differences that must be met. These requirements must be met in order to transport these types of cargo.

Do you have to inspect your cargo securement system after attaching everything?

Yes. Cargo securement must be inspected before transit, and at specific intervals during the transporting process as well.

What are the consequences of improper cargo securement?

Poor securement can result in loss of or damage to cargo, penalties from regulatory officials, higher insurance costs, and possibly injury or death.

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