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Are you strapping your load correctly? Tips to ensure safe transportation.

Updated: Apr 6

flatbed trailer hauling pipe with 4 inch straps
Pipe hauling on flat bed semi-trailer with 4" straps.

Strapping material onto a flatbed semi-trailer is an important task that requires careful planning and execution to ensure the safety of the cargo and the driver. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Choose the right equipment: Before you start strapping the cargo, make sure you have the right equipment. You will need straps (2"or 4"), ratchet tie down, corner protectors, and edge protectors. The number of straps you need (and size) will depend on the size and weight of the cargo. It’s always better to use more straps than fewer to ensure the cargo is secure.

  2. Prepare the cargo: Make sure the cargo is properly stacked and aligned on the pallets. The pallets should be of uniform in size and height. If the cargo is not uniform in shape or size, it may be difficult to secure the load properly. (Handy tip: if transporting a heavy load or material be certain to check the weight so that the proper sized straps can be used.)

  3. Wrap the cargo (if needed): Wrap the cargo with shrink wrap to keep it from shifting during transport. It also serves as extra support for what is being transported.

  4. Secure the cargo: Toss straps over the cargo and tighten them with either the winch on the trailer or your ratchet tie down. It is important to center your straps over the cargo so that cargo is secured in the most efficient way. Make sure the straps are not too tight or too loose. The straps should be tight enough to keep the cargo from shifting but not so tight that they damage the cargo. Use corner protectors to prevent the straps from cutting into the cargo. (Handy tip: When tossing straps over your cargo it is a good idea to twist your straps a single time on each side of the trailer. A single twist prevents the strap from flapping in the wind and "walking" off your cargo.)

  5. Check the cargo: Once you have secured the cargo, check it again to make sure it is properly secured. Check the straps and corner protectors to make sure they are in place and not damaged. Make sure the cargo is not shifting or moving.

  6. Drive carefully: Avoid sudden stops and starts and take turns slowly. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

By following these steps, you can safely transport material on a flatbed semi-trailer. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when transporting cargo.

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