According to the HSE, dangerous loading on vehicles accounts for more than 1,200 injuries each year and millions of pounds of damaged goods in British businesses. Thus, correctly safeguarding loads is good for business – this means items are delivered on time and safely.
You must follow all guidelines and precautions before you carry out any form of loading on vehicles otherwise you risk messing up and putting not only yourself in danger, but also everyone else as well as the goods.
5 Quick Tips to Ease Loading:
- Avoid loading unless you have enough light. Make sure you have appropriate lightening in the area, and you can see what you are doing.
- You must have a detailed inspection of the vehicle. Make sure everything (horns, reflectors, lights) are present and working in their best conditions.
- Use a bubble wrap or tarp to cover small objects.
- If it is a passenger vehicle, then make sure unsecured objects must not be loaded loosely. Upon stopping, it might jerk off and hit the passenger.
- When on the way, keep checking from time to time to guarantee that everything is in its place.
When you load…
- Do not overload. You know how much your vehicle can load, therefore utilize that capacity in the best way. Overloading can cause serious issues.
- Pick a suitable vehicle for each type of goods. Raw materials, fabrics, liquids, company goods, in fact, everything has its particular kind of car.
- Use hooks, eyes, rails, anchors, clamps, straps, chains or ropes to hold the load in its fix place.
- It is preferred to pack everything in even boxes or wrappings such as cartons to keep them super secure.
- Keep the locks and lashings tight. And cover the goods with sheets of plastic or fabric so that they are secured in unexpected and unsuitable weather.
- Don’t pile the objects on the top of another. This means attaining height, which is risky. Carriers with a high centre of gravity are expected to become unstable when overloaded.
- You must not leave space between load and headboard.
How to properly secure loads?
- There are multiple options to be used for securing loads on a vehicle. There are combinations as well, which can be used at a time for proper stability and safety of loads.
- Blocking and Bracing: Lumber, metal and even plastic bars are used to inhibit front to rear shifting of loads in a vehicle.
- Fasteners: Nails and bolts are used to brace the loads. They are either used separately or on wood blocks which help to hold goods.
- Dunnage: Scrap wood is used to fill voids. They fill the space between the goods and prevent the shifting of the load.
- Strapping: Steel, polyester, nylon, paper strapping’s are used to hold the loads tightly in its place. They offer strength, elasticity and ability to withstand various environments. Very easy to use and safe. They are available at affordable costs.
- Lashings: Ropes, chains, wires, nets and cables are used to secure the load. It minimizes the shifting of goods.
Carelessness can lead to….
Many times drivers and people who load goods on vehicles leave everything on luck. They don’t take guidelines seriously and show carelessness in taking safety precautions. The repercussions are inevitable. In such conditions, injuries and deaths are a common occurrence.
- Vehicles which are overloaded or improperly loaded lose their balance and overturn.
- When there is space left between the headboard and loaded goods, braking can be fatal for the driver.
- When goods are not packed in a satisfactory way, then, they either fall off or bang against each other resulting in damage.