Transportation of any kind of load, particularly in industries that involve large equipment or bulk materials, has inherent risks. Heavy loads, if not secured and restrained improperly, can fall off the transport vehicle and endanger other drivers, as well as pedestrians. To prevent such accidents, you should know how to restrain loads properly.
Read on to find out more.
Different Loads, Different Restraint
You may consult the National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide for in-depth information about load restraint. You may already be familiar with general guidelines and practice of load restraint that can be applied to all kinds of loads. Different loads, however, will also require different ways of restraint for optimum security.
Garden refuse or waste, for example, needs a tarpaulin or netting to secure them. You can use additional strapping tool to restrain garden waste that goes over the sides of the trailer.
Furniture and Appliances
You can easily restrain furniture and large appliances inside a trailer by packing them tightly. When you only have a few furniture or appliances to transport, you can use lashing or composite strapping to eliminate movement. You can pack dunnage with your load to further restrain the load.
When it comes to boxes, crates, cartons, drums, small containers and other general freight, you can use a trailer or another vehicle with sides or gates. Restraint can be easier when you can pack your transport full of the freight. In case there are still available spaces, use a packing material or dunnage to prevent movement.
As you transport part of your total load to different locations, remember to redistribute the remaining load to be safe. Whilst it can be tedious, rearranging and restraining after every stop will ensure that your load will stay in place during the next trip. You can protect yourself in this way as well since the unequal distribution of weight can topple your transport during turns.
Following these tips is a good start towards keeping your loads safe during transports. You can find many other specific restraint guidelines on the Load Restraint Guide of the NTC. You can also find expert tips through online research.