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Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 6: Paper Rolls

What Does This Section Cover?

The rules in this section apply to shipments of paper rolls, which individually or together, weigh 2268 kg (5000 lb.) or more.

Note: Shipments of paper rolls that weigh less than 2268 kg (5000 lb.), and paper rolls that are unitized on a pallet may either be secured in accordance this section or with the general cargo securement requirements

Note: This section does not apply to small rolls of paper shipped in cartons/containers such as toilet paper or paper towels that would be used in the kitchen. This type of product is covered in the general cargo securement requirements.

Plan a Securement System for Paper Rolls

  • Select a good load pattern.
  • Block, brace, or immobilize paper rolls to make sure they are prevented from sliding, tipping, or rolling.
  • Prevent significant movement of small groups of paper rolls when movement is not prevented by other cargo or by the vehicle structure.
  • Symmetrically stack paper rolls when eyes are horizontal.
  • Make sure that stacks are secured to prevent significant movement.
  • Use friction mats to prevent horizontal movement.
  • Use tie-downs that pass over the paper rolls to increase the effect of friction.
  • Use tie-downs when rolls are loaded on flatbeds or curtain-sided vehicles.

Special Circumstances: Loading and Securing Paper Rolls with Eyes Vertical in a Sided Vehicle

Requirements for placement
  • Place paper rolls together in a group so that the structure of the group can be maintained.
  • Place paper rolls against:
    • The front and walls of the vehicle
    • Each other
    • Other cargo

Usually the roll is secure if a paper roll has 3 well-separated points of contact with the vehicle, other rolls, or other cargo.

Requirements for preventing side-to-side movement

If there are not enough paper rolls in the shipment to reach the walls of the vehicle, prevent side-to-side movement by one of these methods:

  • Blocking
  • Bracing
  • Tie-downs
  • Void fillers
  • Friction mats
  • Banding the rolls together
Requirements for preventing rearward movement

When any void behind a group of paper rolls (including rolls at the rear of the vehicle) is greater than the diameter of the paper rolls, prevent rearward movement by one of these methods.

  • Friction mats
  • Blocking
  • Bracing
  • Tie-downs
  • Banding to other rolls

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When securing rolls of paper with eyes vertical, how many points of contact are required to consider a roll secure?

  • 3
  • 2
  • 4
  • 1

Usually the roll is secure if a paper roll has 3 well-separated points of contact with the vehicle, other rolls, or other cargo.

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What is the minimum weight of a shipment of paper rolls that would require specific securement requirements?

  • 10,000 lbs
  • 5,000 lbs
  • It depends on how they're loaded
  • 2,268 lbs

The rules in this section apply to shipments of paper rolls, which individually or together, weigh 2268 kg (5000 lb.) or more.

Note: Shipments of paper rolls that weigh less than 2268 kg (5000 lb.), and paper rolls that are unitized on a pallet may either be secured in accordance this section or with the general cargo securement requirements

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When securing paper rolls with eyes vertical in a sided vehicle all of the following are acceptable except:

  • Placing the rolls against each other.
  • Placing rolls against the front and walls of the vehicle.
  • Placing rolls against the doors.
  • Placing the rolls against other cargo.
  • Place paper rolls together in a group so that the structure of the group can be maintained.
  • Place paper rolls against:
    • The front and walls of the vehicle
    • Each other
    • Other cargo
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