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Take Command of Your Cargo: Navigating Cargo Securement Roadcheck Inspections

April 29, 2020 |11:00 AM PST |Duration: 1 Hr

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In 2019, 67,000 roadside safety checks were conducted by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Of those, 16,347 vehicles were taken out of service and nearly 2,000 vehicles (12%) failed to meet basic cargo control requirements*, costing these trucking companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

This year's roadcheck has been postponed but roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement will continue to be conducted every day and your fleet needs to be ready. Several U.S. states and Canadian provinces have suspended truck weight restrictions to allow vehicles to deliver bigger loads of emergency supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Regulations for proper cargo securement remain unchanged and it's more important than ever to ensure you are using additional cargo securement to meet DOT requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  • Reasons behind regulations for cargo securement
  • Understand the forces that cause cargo to shift slide or fall
  • Understand common terminology surrounding cargo control
  • The agencies that set cargo regulations
  • Common requirements for the safe restraint and control of commercial freight
  • Roadside inspection
  • Equipment and methods used for cargo securement
  • Performance criteria including breaking strength and working load limit
  • Labeling requirements and identification of compliant cargo control products
  • Direct vs indirect tie-down and aggregate WLL
  • Out of service criteria for chains and webbing
  • Commodity specific requirements

*Date from CVSA 2019 Roadcheck report



Jeff Luick

NE Account Executive - U.S., Kinedyne LLC

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