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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).
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.
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.
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.
The FMCSA regulations state that the motor carrier and the driver are responsible for ensuring that cargo is properly loaded and secured.
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.
Tiedown requirements vary based on your cargo’s length, weight, and type.
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.
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.
Yes. Cargo securement must be inspected before transit, and at specific intervals during the transporting process as well.
Poor securement can result in loss of or damage to cargo, penalties from regulatory officials, higher insurance costs, and possibly injury or death.