Safely Securing Cargo

Policy on Securing Cargo

Last updated 07/05/2017


Losing cargo on the road is serious business. Whatever falls is damaged, or destroyed. Falling cargo can cause direct or indirect human injury and destruction of personal property. The proper loading, positioning, and securing of cargo on a truck or trailer can prevent accidents in transit. But you must always select the right tie-downs for the job and use them correctly.


Responsibility for load securement is on the person in control of the loaded vehicle when it leaves the property. The driver is responsible for using the correct number of tie-downs, if the tie-downs fail and an accident occurs, the driver is liable.


Which Tie Downs to Use?

There are a variety of tie-downs for securing cargo.  Tie-down assemblies may consist of rope, chain, cable, or webbing as well as ratchets, binders, bolts, or hooks. The most important criteria are strength and durability, and tie-downs are rated to aid your selection process. Never base your selection on price: a few dollars saved may result in very expensive road debris if the tie-downs prove inadequate for the job.


Tiedowns Must Be Secure

· Secure items to prevent them from shifting during transport.

· Cargo securement devices must be in proper working order with no damaged or weakened components.

· Tie-downs and other securement devices cannot contain knots.

· Securement devices (other than steel strapping) must have a means of tightening during the trip.

· Devices used to tighten chains, such as ratchets, must be secured to prevent opening during transport.


Make Good Decisions

Pickup Pronto requires drivers to have at least four tie-down straps at driver’s own expense.  This number should be appropriate for most if not all the services we perform.  Upon accepting a service request through the Pickup Pronto Platform, use the information about the job including customer’s written description and images to determine if you’d safely be able to transport the item(s).  Do not accept a service request or cancel a service request if you are not able to transport the item(s) in a safe manner that also adheres to local, state, and federal regulations. 


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Also see our Policy on Hazardous and Other Sensitive Items