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Quarantine recommends that all job sites include interior cargo nets in their site safety plans. Anyone who has ever been in an accident knows that items inside vehicles and machinery that are not secured have the potential to become deadly projectiles when they gain momentum. Injuries from interior cargo striking individuals are common, and are being recognized as a dangerous and potentially fatal type of workplace accident. Interior cargo securement is now being included in numerous workplace safety plans.
We developed our Interior Restraint System by working with leading Health, Safety & Environment directors from several industries to provide outstanding performance plus be easy to use. Our “Universal Attachment” concept is true to its name. Our cargo nets fit all vehicles, and were developed to not only secure backseat cargo to prevent against breakage during transportation, but also to provide protection to occupants inside vehicles from loose or dislodged cargo in the event of an accident. Our optional Front Extension Bar provides an interior divider that allows you to extend your net to form a safe cavity over the backseat area. This set-up forms a “roof” over the entire backseat allow for easy access while also ensuring occupants’ safety.
Facts and Figures on Unrestrained Interior Cargo Accidents
At Quarantine, job site safety is our priority. Our interior cargo nets are designed to prevent accidents before they happen, and to keep your workers secure.
Injuries involving unrestrained interior cargo often go unreported, so it’s difficult to tell just how many people are affected each year. Numbers indicate, though, that they are an everyday occurrence.
- The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) found that an unbuckled adult weighing 150 lbs. involved in a 50-km/h head-on accident with a stationary object would strike with the force of a 3.5-ton truck.
- U.S. Safety Research specialists have determined that at an impact of 55 mph a 20 lb. object hits with a force of 1,000 lbs.
- ABC News reported on a case where a one-year-old child was struck with a cellphone while involved in a head-on collision. The cellphone hit hard enough to crack the child’s skull. The same article also references a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that points out that passengers in vehicles are also in danger from other passengers who are not wearing their seatbelt. The study indicates that all passengers in a vehicle have a 25 per cent chance of incurring a fatal injury during a crash if just one of them is not properly restrained.
- In 2009, the CBC reported on a woman driving in B.C. who was killed when her laptop (which was placed on the backseat) became a projectile during an accident.
- Strategic Safety Consulting, a company that studies vehicle safety, has found that unrestrained items in cars account for more than 13,000 injuries in the U.S. each year.
Most Common Items to be Unrestrained in a Vehicle
- Cell phones
- GPS systems
- Ipads or tablets
- Heavy books
- Car seats
- Business supplies
- Recreational and sports equipment
- Cargo racks
- Storage bins
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Industries are becoming more and more stringent about health and safety regulations. Due to a fatality in their industry caused by loose cargo, the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) implemented the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (16.35) for Mobile Equipment in 2010, which states, “The operator must maintain the cab, floor and deck of mobile equipment free of material, tools or other objects which could create a tripping hazard, interfere with the operation of controls, or be a hazard to the operator or other occupants in the event of an accident.”
Current Alberta Transportation standards have adopted Canada’s National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 (Cargo Securement) as the standard for securing cargo in Alberta. Criteria prohibit the use of unmarked tie-downs, and apply to cargo both in and on vehicles. All of Quarantine’s cargo restraints are clearly marked and are also compliant with Department of Transportation (DOT) and North American Cargo Securement Standards (NACSS).
At Quarantine we’ve made it our mission to bring interior cargo securement to the forefront of people’s minds when thinking about workplace and personal safety. We endeavour to maintain the highest standards at all times and continue to be a leader in our field. Learn more about Quarantine today!