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Unsecured cargo refers to any freight or load that is not tied down or secured tightly to a stable frame. Millions of tons of goods are transported on North American roads yearly, and cargo is often carried in an open truck bed. Everyone who has driven behind a truck with cargo precariously wobbling in the wind knows the uneasy feeling of expecting something to be ejected on to the road and land before you can avoid hitting it at any moment. Most of us do our best to stay as far away from these types of vehicles as possible! Penalties for unsecured cargo range throughout the U.S. and Canada, but every state and province follows some sort of legislation for punishing those with who violate standards.
The costs of unsecured cargo are immense. When a load is not tied down properly, there is a high probability you will lose an item onto the roadway from your truck bed due to shifting or an accident. Whatever lands behind you is now there for other drivers to have to dodge – and clean up.
It is important to remember that by properly securing your cargo you are not only ensuring you will deliver your load in one piece, but you are also being responsible to everyone else on the road. Good equipment is essential. Ropes and bungees are unreliable as securement – in fact, bungees are not meant to secure any kind of product (except tarps) and are not rated as a tie-down. Ropes are not rated for weight, usually, so drivers can’t tell if they are strong enough to restrain loads effectively. Quarantine International’s interior and exterior cargo nets were specifically built to provide unsurpassed securement for your cargo. They are easy to install and use, and both systems come with their own storage bags for easy packing.
Costs of Poor Exterior Cargo Securement
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) states that highway litter caused approximately 440 fatalities in 2010. Variable reporting means that number could be even higher.
- The Washington State Department of Transportation estimates that each year in North America items either dumped on purpose or lost from unsecured roads cause 25,000 accidents.
- The U.S. National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) estimates that the global financial impact of cargo loss exceeds $50 billion annually.
- In a report prepared by the U.S. Government on highway safety entitled Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads, the Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that 34 per cent of violations issued in 2003 were for load securement failure. Out of those violations, an additional 22 per cent were issued for debris escaping from those loads on to the roadways. The Washington State Department of Ecology suggests that unsecured loads cause up to 25 per cent of roadside litter.
- A report prepared for AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in June 2004 on vehicle-related road debris (VRRD) states that at nearly 25 per cent, loose tires make up the most amount of litter on state highways. Automotive parts consist of 8 per cent of debris found, and other items associated with hauling unsecured loads (such as landscaping materials) account for close to 40 per cent of roadside litter.
- The same AAA report references one of the most famous road debris-related crashes. In 1998 film director Alan J. Pakula was killed on the Long Island expressway when a pipe that had dropped from a truck ahead of him was forced through his windshield.
- The Foundation studied several crash reports in an effort to determine just how many VRRD incidences occur yearly in North America. Their conclusion was that accidents occurring from unsecured cargo rates of account for 0.2 per cent of fatal crashes and 0.4 per cent of all other crashes, therefore can be estimated to cause over 25,000 crashes per year, claiming 81 to 90 lives.
Truck Bed Cargo Nets By Quarantine Restraints
The Canadian National Safety Code 10 (NSC 10) on Cargo Securement refers to the professional recommendations of the Web Sling & Tie Down Association that a, “Working Load Limit (WLL) shall be based on one-third (1/3) of the break strength of the assemblies’ weakest component.” Also, the CVSA adheres to strict cargo securement standards for commercial vehicles, where all securement products are rated at no less then a one-third (1/3) safety factor.
The results of Quarantine’s Complete Assembly Break Test determined a WLL of 1,967 lbs., and our Weakest Component Break Test determined a WLL of 492 lbs. We are proud to boast the highest engineer-certified WLL on the market. Each component of our cargo nets is clearly marked with their individual WLL in compliance with North American cargo securement standards.
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