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At Quarantine Restraints, job site safety is our priority. We are dedicated to preventing accidents before they happen, and are proud to play a part in several companies’ safety records of zero accidents or near misses.
As drivers ourselves who are used to hauling cargo, when we developed our Exterior Restraint System it was easy to put ourselves in the position of being stuck behind a truck or vehicle with furniture or equipment precariously lashed to its roof or truck bed. We know just how unnerving this situation can be, and even at a safe driving distance it is extremely difficult to avoid unsecured cargo that has suddenly ejected on to the road.
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, with nearly 100 of them being fatal. The U.S. National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) estimates that the global financial impact of cargo loss exceeds $50 billion annually. And, if lost cargo lands on a roadway you could be found liable should another person then run over that item and damage their vehicle. As well, you are likely to be fined for littering on top of that.
Throughout Canada and the United States there have been several initiatives put forth by various governments to curb the issue of unsecured loads on city roads and highways. Quarantine’s Exterior Cargo Nets comply with all current legislation in both countries, and set the industry standard for cargo securement. Designed for long- or short-box pick-up trucks, Quarantine Exterior Restraints firmly secure truck bed cargo to keep machinery, tools and freight safe from dislodgment, breakage and loss. Made from rugged polyester, the Exterior Restraints System forms a secure web over your cargo, connecting to the bed of your truck using detachable, extendable arms to create attachments at four points. Quarantine’s detachable mesh can be used with our exterior restraints to stop smaller items from slipping through spaces.
Unsecured Cargo Statutes for the U.S.
Information retrieved from the U.S. Government’s report on Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads, establishes that all states levy some level of fine or penalty for violating unsecured load statutes. Fines range from $10 to $5,000 and penalties can include jail time. Several states also increase fines incrementally after a first offence.
Interestingly, after a young woman was severely injured in 2004 during an accident involving litter on the road, Washington implemented the country’s highest unsecured load fine following the passage of House Bill 1478, known as “Maria’s Law.” In the law, failure to completely secure a load is criminal offence, and can result in a gross misdemeanor charge, a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Cargo Securement Legislation in Canada
Canada’s National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 for Cargo Securement is used as the standard for cargo securement regulations in all provinces.
According to the code, “cargo” means, “all articles or material carried by a vehicle, including those used in the operation of the vehicle.” A “cargo securement system” is defined as, “the method by which cargo is contained or secured and includes vehicle structures, securing devices and all components of the system.”
Standard 10 also determines the general performance criteria for cargo securement systems in Division 2.
4(1) Cargo securement systems, and each component of a system, used to contain, immobilize or secure cargo on or within the vehicle shall be strong enough to withstand the forces described in section 5(1).
(2) The components of the cargo securement system of a vehicle.
(a) shall be in proper working order,
(b) shall be fit for the purpose for which they are used,
(c) shall have no knots, damaged or weakened components that will adversely affect their performance for cargo securement purposes, and
(d) shall not have any cracks or cuts.
(3) A securing device, integral locking device, movable structure or blocking device used to secure cargo to a vehicle shall itself be secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming unfastened while the vehicle is on a highway.
As well, in Section 11(4) of the same document it is determined that, “A person shall not use a tiedown or a component of a tiedown to secure cargo to a vehicle unless it is marked by the manufacturer with respect to its working load limit.”
All of Quarantine’s interior and exterior cargo restraints are clearly marked with their Working Load Limits and are also compliant with Department of Transportation (DOT) and North American Cargo Securement Standards (NACSS).
Workplace Training for Safe Hauling
In both Canada and the U.S. there has been a lot of emphasis placed recently on the importance of cargo securement safety training in the workplace. Proper training has proven to be the single most effective method for changing habits and adjusting focus towards safe hauling at all times. We at Quarantine strongly advise the inclusion of exterior cargo securement safety training in all workplace safety plans. Our Exterior and Interior Restraint systems were developed to work in all conditions and are the toughest on the market. Locate a dealer near you today!