Preventing the tragic consequences of unsecured loads – Department of Transportation

Yesterday (10/7/2014), the Department of Transportation posted a blog article that was very interesting.  Here is a link to the source document — Preventing the tragic consequences of unsecured loads – Department of Transportation.

SafetyFirst has previously published “ten-minute training topics” on load securement and on dealing with “road debris” crashes.  While most commercial drivers are well trained and experienced in securing the cargo they carry, some drivers may be in a rush or may make risky assumptions:

  • “it’s a short trip – nothing will go wrong”
  • “this junk is pretty heavy — it’ll stay put without moving around”
  • “I don’t think we need to use a tarp — this stuff won’t fly out at road speeds, besides we won’t be going that fast”

Many drivers do take chances, and tragically it can lead to crashes, damages, or injuries.  Take a look at this short video from the Washington State Patrol: