When transporting any cargo in light-duty trucks, proper load securement should be fundamental. However, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways during the past four years, resulting in 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014.
Lee McCord, Vice President of Product Development and Sales at Adrian’s Safety Solutions, is a leading expert on load securement and safety management. He offers his expertise on how drivers can secure their loads when transporting goods, ultimately making roadways safer for all.
Who’s responsible for proper load securement
According to McCord, it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure proper load hygiene in both work and pick-up trucks.
“Management must foster the proper culture, provide the appropriate tools and training, and lead by example,” said McCord.
Operators must act upon clear expectations and guidelines. Moreover, safe cargo handling minimizes company liability exposure and helps project a safety-conscious corporate image, explains McCord.
“A solid securement protocol begins with simply identifying what is carried in a company vehicle and why,” said McCord. “Anything not bolted down meets the definition of ‘cargo.’ You need to look inside and out.”
Check inside and outside the vehicle
McCord says the danger of losing an auger bit off the back of a truck is easy to imagine. However, you should also look inside the cab for secondary impacts of unsecured items. These also pose a genuine danger to passengers during an accident.
“Both the DOT and NACSS have compliance regulations requiring cargo securement, and most states penalize unsecured loads with hefty fines,” said McCord. “Though many companies have been very proactive in implementing solid securement policies to be safe and compliant, others ignore them outright.”
McCord explains that for those considering working with a company should take truck safety into consideration.
“The load hygiene will tell you all you need to know about that company’s attention to detail and commitment to safety,” said McCord.
How to easily up the safety of every load
McCord adds that the load securement industry is large and diverse, leading to a need for varying solutions.
“Through Adrian’s Safety Solutions’ Bednet product line, out-of-the-box solutions can be found that operators find very easy to use,” said McCord. “Adrian’s believes a complicated solution is not a solution.”
According to McCord, all Adrian’s products are affordably priced and will last for years to come. The company’s tagline is also its design philosophy: Safety Made Simple.
“This philosophy led to the design of the Bednet Original cargo restraint system, a super-durable cargo net designed specifically to be quickly installed in pickup beds,” said McCord. “Made from polyester seatbelt webbing, the Bednet Original is both DOT and NACSS compliant and is the ideal load securement solution.”
About the Author: Lee McCord is the Vice President of Product Development and Sales for Adrian’s Safety Solutions, which manufactures safe, easy-to-use solutions for fleets to address cargo restraint issues as well as pallet rack safety equipment for warehouses. McCord’s dedication to organizational and worker safety has enabled Adrian’s to continually develop new designs that allow for a safer workplace. For more information, please contact McCord at firstname.lastname@example.org.