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Many of Free Freight Loader’s clients run specialty equipment and flatbeds. It’s not always easy to figure out the best ways to secure loads from freight brokers in light of the FMCSA’s rules, which apply to cargo-carrying vehicles which are moving between states.

Different types of cargo and trailers have to comply with specific sets of rules relating to the load securement processes that they follow. In order to secure a load or trailer, carriers need to follow the FMCSA’s “securement system.” This system consists of three elements that carriers need to adhere to:

  1. Vehicle structure

The structure of the vehicle needs to be safe and secure. Make sure there are no damaged or weakened elements by conducting a thorough analysis of the bulkheads, floors, anchor points, walls, stakes and posts of the vehicle.

  1. Securing devices

Tiedowns and securing devices include chains, wire ropes, shackles, grab hooks, pockets, latches, clamps, manila rope, D-rings, friction mats and so forth. It is the carrier’s responsibility to make sure the tiedown can be removed if necessary and that the edge of the securing devices and tiedowns are protected.

  1. Blocking and bracing equipment

Carriers must make sure the blocking and bracing equipment they use, such as cradles or chocks, will not put too much pressure on the cargo they are transporting. Some carriers use wood for blocking and bracing purposes. In this case, carriers are advised to use hardwood to ensure the cargo isn’t crushed under the pressure of the bracing wood that is used.

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