According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, when transporting cargo there are generally three methods approved for containing, immobilizing, and securing that cargo. Additionally, specific securement standards apply for certain loads, including loads that are commonly carried on flatbeds, such as lumber, building materials, metal coils, paper rolls, etc, so be sure to research and comply with any specific requirements that may apply.
In general, all types of cargo must meet one of the following three conditions:
Cargo is fully contained by structures of adequate strength. This situation applies to sided vehicles – think van trailers, as tarp systems obviously do not provide adequate restraint against movement of cargo! Ensure that the following conditions are met:
- Cargo cannot shift or tip.
- Cargo is restrained against horizontal movement by vehicle structure or by other cargo.
- Forward force: 0.8 g (80%)
- Rearward force: 0.5.g (50%)
- Sideways force: 0.5 g (50%)
Cargo is immobilized by structures of adequate strength or a combination of structure, blocking, and bracing to prevent shifting or tipping.
To prevent shifting or tipping, cargo is immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by tiedowns along with:
- Friction mats.
- Other cargo.
- Void fillers.
- Combination of these.
Tarpstop® prides itself in offering the highest quality cargo control equipment from Exaloy® and other top tier transportation equipment manufacturers. We stock a large selection of product at our physical store locations throughout the Midwest, and we ship daily to locations everywhere. We can help with your Cargo Control equipment needs. Stop in, shop online, or call us at 877-999-8277 to find out more!
*Tarpstop is not an authoritative source for cargo securement practices. The information presented here was collected by the FMCSA at the following link: http://bit.ly/2oKeJRN
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