Do your Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers need training on how to secure cargo? Of course they do. This Cargo or Load Securement Training will teach your drivers the ins and outs of making sure their load stays intact while in transit. As you know, losing a load costs money to you, your customers, and potentially to an insurance company.
This Cargo Securement Training Covers the Following Important Concepts:
- What are the DOT Cargo Securement regulations and how do they apply to different types of cargo?
- What is the number one cause of accidents when it comes to commercial trucks and motor carriers? (The FMCSA has determined that how cargo is loaded and secured, and the spills that result from improperly loaded cargo, is a main cause of accidents for commercial drivers). That is why there are FMCSA regulations in the first place – to keep truck drivers and those on the road safe at all times.
- What are the problems associated with improperly loading truck cargo? (cargo shift, losing the load on the road, instability of truck, lost cargo causing other vehicles to crash, damage to the cargo, loss of life, and more)
- What is the North American Cargo Securement Standard? (It requires that cargo being transported over the roadways on trucks with a GVWR of over 10,000 pounds must be properly distributed and remain secure under all driving conditions)
- What are some best practices when it comes to a truck driver securing their load on a motor carrier? (Never allow the cargo to obscure a driver’s front view or to the side of them, never allow a driver’s free movement of their arms and legs be interfered with, never allow a load to prevent the driver from easily exiting the vehicle’s cab, and more)
- Who is responsible for the load being secure? Is is the person who secured the load or is it the truck driver? (the driver is always responsible for the load even if they aren’t the person who loaded it)
- What are the rules around how to secure a a load of cargo? (it must be secured in a manner that is appropriate for its shape, strength, size and other things that make sure the loads stays put and doesn’t move)
- What are the three conditions the North American Cargo Securement Standard require for a secure payload?
- If the cargo is on a load deck or flatbed trailer it must be immobilized using blocking and bracing to prevent shifting or tipping
- If the cargo can be immobilized or secure within a vehicle, then tiedowns along with blocking, bracing, friction mats are appropriate
- If the cargo is fully contained, it must be restrained against horizontal movement
- Are the securement systems the same for all types of loads? (No, certain materials such as metal coils or concrete pipe on a flatbed trailers, will be very different from those loads in intermodal containers or other equipment)
- What is the Driver’s Handbook on Cargo Securement and why is it important?
This Load Securement Training Also Teaches:
- What is a “load securement system” and how is it defined?
- How much physical force must a load be able to withstand to be within the guidelines? (Force equal to 80% of the cargo weight in a forward direction such as when the truck driver hits the brakes, 50% of the weight in a rearward direction such as acceleration, 50% of the weight in a sideways direction such as when the truck is turning or changing lanes, 20% of the cargo weight in an upwards direction such as when the truck is traveling over bumps)
- What is blocking and bracing and what equipment is used? (blocking and bracing equipment can be cradles, chocks, as well as any materials for dunnage such as tarps, plastic wrapping, matting, etc)
- What are securing devices and what are some examples of these types of load securement devices? (chains, clamps, latches, rope, synthetic webbing, shackles, friction mats, D-rings and more)
- What equipment is used to “Tie down” a load? (grab hooks, chain, shackles, ratchet tighteners, etc)
- What type of wood is allowed for blocking and bracing? (hardwood that is properly seasoned and doesn’t include knots, splits or decay)
- How does a CDL driver determine they have the adequate equipment to secure the cargo? (load securement begins with establishing how much the cargo weighs, determine the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the truck they are driving, determine the curb weight, and more described in the training)
- What is a “Working Load Limit” or WLL? Are there default working load limits as it relates to load securement?
- What is an “Aggregate Working Load Limit” or AWLL?
- Where to properly secure a tiedown? (Directly to the cargo on one end and to an anchor point on the other end, or, to an anchor point on one end and then attached to another anchor point on the other end)
- Is there a limit to how many tiedowns can be used? (Yes, described in the video)
- and much more….
Commercial motor vehicles are likely a key part of your business. Keeping your CDL drivers safe is critical to your operation and securing cargo is critical to your customers.. Also, keeping the cargo that they are transporting safe and secure is just good business practice let alone being safe for drivers, other vehicles, etc. That is why it is so important to train your truck driver’s on proper Cargo Securement rules, regulations and techniques. This training is available as an English speaking DVD or USB stick and the runtime of the training is 19 minutes.