6 HAZMAT Securement Strategies for Freight Carriers
It’s crucial that HAZMAT drivers are taking the necessary precautions to transport freight safely. To prevent falling cargo all frieght must be properly secured. Also, to ensure the safety of the driver and load.
The most common violations in roadside inspections are due to improperly positioned frieght . It holds the power to affect one’s BASIC and CSA scores. Take a look at our best tips to help freight carriers better secure their cargo.
How to Ensure Your Freight is Secure
Before a driver starts his or her route they must make sure cargo is properly distributed. They must ensure doors, the tailgate and operation equipment are secure.
It’s important to remember that cargo securement doesn’t just pertain to the freight itself, but to all the equipment within the vehicle. Such as spare tires, chains, tools and other small items. It’s also wise to monitor items in your trailer that may require strapping down to prevent shifting during transit.
6 Cargo Securement Violations to Watch For
As mentioned, improper cargo securement is one of the most common violations for freight carriers. Because of this, inspectors keep a watchful eye because they’re easy to miss. HAZMAT drivers need to educate themselves and prepare for an inspection at the drop of a dime.
Here are the six most common violations freight carriers should watch out:
- Package isn’t secure in vehicle (OSS) For example, cargo is loaded in a way that can shift during normal transit. Driver doesn’t put straps or load bars behind the last pallets.
- No placards/markings when required (OSS) When a driver hasn’t put the placards on all four sides of the trailer, and when one placard is missing.
- Placards aren’t reading horizontally – Placards are carelessly placed to the side.
- Shipping papers accessibility – The BOL isn’t within hand’s reach.
- Emergency response information incomplete –All drivers transporting HAZMAT material are required to have an Emergency Response Book.
- No padlock or bolt seal present (OSS) – Using a padlock or bolt seal, all HAZMAT loads must be secured.
For more information on the specific requirements inspectors will be looking for we recommend visiting the FMCSA website here.
Why Cargo Securement Matters
Loose or shifting cargo can result in serious injury. When handling hazardous materials, not only does improper securement put you at risk but the general public and environment as well.
Getting a write up for a cargo securement happens more than you think. To prevent it, make sure your vehicle is in the best shape it can be by reporting issues to your dispatcher, fixing them before transit and taking the necessary precautions to secure your freight.
Have a question about cargo securement or HAZMAT-specific transportation? Our team at Logiflex can help. Give us a call today at (847) 789-7132 or click here to request a freight quote within 24 hours.