When transporting any cargo, workers driving the vehicle must ensure that the cargo does not interfere with the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle safely and ensure that the cargo does not interfere with the free exit of a person from the cab or driver’s compartment.
The driver of a vehicle must inspect the vehicle’s cargo and the cargo securement system used and make necessary adjustments before driving the vehicle and after the first 80 km of travel, to ensure the load has not shifted and is still adequately secured. The driver of a vehicle shall regularly re-inspect the vehicle’s cargo and the cargo securement systems used and make adjustments to the cargo or cargo securement system as necessary.
Drivers must ensure the components of the cargo securement system of a vehicle are in proper working order, designed for the purpose for which they are to be used and have no knots, cuts, and cracks or damaged in any way. Components are to be used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Any damaged components are to be removed from service and replaced with new.
Tie-down straps must be properly rated for the load they are securing. A tie-down used to secure cargo shall be designed, constructed and maintained so that the driver of the vehicle can tighten it. Tie- downs that are designed to attach to the structure of a light vehicle or trailer shall be attached to the mounting points on the vehicle that are specifically designed for that purpose.
At a minimum, two to four straps are to be used to secure the load. Tie-down straps should have a safe working load limit of one and a half times of the load being secured. As an example if weight of load is 1000 lbs tie-downs should be rated for 1500 lbs or greater. Straps are to be clearly marked with the safe working load limit. If working load limits are not clearly marked, the tie down strap needs to be removed from service and replaced with ones that do.
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