Load locks, or cargo bars are a crucial component of any load. They are critical in making sure that the load is safe and secure for transit, and when used properly, can greatly reduce instances of leaning or tipped pallets which may result in product damage and additional charges.
Why load locks?
Load locks are among the most common restraints used because they are inexpensive and versatile. Most load locks consist of two metal tubes that telescope to adjust their overall length, and a lever-operated ratchet that is used for minor adjustments and locking the device into position.
One of the most common issues in the trucking industry is that cargo restraining devices are not used correctly, or they aren't used enough. UWC recommends that a minimum of 3 load locks are used on EVERY load. When it comes to loading and securing your cargo, keep in mind the weight and other characteristics of the freight, as every load is unique. Remember, all load locks and their parts must be in good working order. Take time occasionally to do a thorough inspection of your load locks, make sure they are not rusted and wont seize up on you when you need them.
For safety's sake, it is recommended that drivers stop and inspect the placement, tension, and effectiveness of their cargo control devices after the first 25 miles of the trip. It is then recommended that drivers recheck and adjust them as needed every three hours, or 150 miles.
So, remember to STOP, LOCK, and then ROLL
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