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Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 5: Metal Coils

Requirements for securing rows of coils

A row of coils is three or more coils loaded in the same way and in a line.

Prevent the coil from rolling

Prevent the coil from rolling by supporting it:

  • Timbers, chocks, or wedges held in place by coil bunks or similar devices to prevent them from coming loose.
  • A cradle (for example, two hardwood timbers and two coil bunks) that is restrained from sliding by:
    • Friction mats under the cradle.
    • Nailed wood blocking or cleats.
    • Placing a tiedown around the front of the cradle.
  • The support must:
    • Support the coil just above the deck.
    • Not become unintentionally unfastened or loose in transit.

The use of nailed blocking or cleats as the sole means to secure timbers, chocks or wedges, or a nailed wood cradle, is prohibited.

Tiedowns

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the front of the coil.

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the rear of the coil.

Use blocking or friction mats to prevent forward movement.

Securing Coils Transported in a Sided Vehicle or Intermodal Container without Anchor Points

To prevent metal coils from moving horizontally and/or tipping:

Follow general cargo securement requirements

Secure the coils using:

  • Blocking and bracing
  • Friction mats
  • A combination of these.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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When securing metal coils in a sided vehicle without anchor points:
  • Use locking and bracing
  • Follow general cargo securement requirements
  • All of these apply
  • Use friction mats

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Securing Coils Transported in a Sided Vehicle or Intermodal Container without Anchor Points

To prevent metal coils from moving horizontally and/or tipping:

Follow general cargo securement requirements

Secure the coils using:

  • Blocking and bracing
  • Friction mats
  • A combination of these.
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When securing rows of coils, requirements include all of the following except:
  • Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the rear of the coil.
  • Attach at least one tiedown through the center of each row of coils.
  • Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the front of the coil.
  • Use blocking or friction mats to prevent forward movement.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Tiedowns

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the front of the coil.

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of each coil or side-by-side row, located near the rear of the coil.

Use blocking or friction mats to prevent forward movement.

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