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Correct cargo securement to avoid costly consequences

Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 14 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

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There’s a lot going on, but even in get-it-done mode, safety needs to be paramount. Correct cargo securement is critical but the details can be easily overlooked. When do you use chains? When do you use ratchet straps? What about winch straps? What’s your cargo securement training program looking like for your fleet personnel?

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Knowing your load is paramount, but you also have to know your strap of choice, or even the basics of making that choice beyond, “It’s a strap, it should hold.” When it comes to safety, “should” isn’t good enough. You need “will.” To understand the basics and talk through cargo securement benchmarks, I connected with Bob Dissinger, director of sales, United States, Kinedyne. Watch the video above for all of his insight.

Do you know the capacity differences with direct and indirect tie downs?

Toward the end of our conversation, Bob mentioned the difference between direct and indirect tie downs–and how it impacts the tie down’s load rating. It was important enough that I wanted to call it out. If you remember one thing from this conversation, this could be it. Of course, the full conversation is also worth a listen.

Tie down training resources

Bob mentioned Kinedyne’s online training resources. Here’s a link: Kinedyne cargo securement education program.

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