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Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 10: Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery

What Does This Section Cover?

The requirements in this section apply to the transportation of heavy vehicles, equipment, and machinery that:

  • Operate on wheels or tracks, such as front end loaders, bulldozers, tractors, and power shovels.
  • Individually weigh more than 4500 kg (10,000 lb.).

Note: Vehicles, equipment, and machinery that are lighter than 4500kg (10,000 lb.) may also be secured in accordance with the provisions of this section, as well as with the general cargo securement requirements (Section 2) or Section 9, Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans.

Preparing Equipment To Be Transported

Requirements

Lower and secure to the vehicle all accessory equipment (hydraulic shovels, booms, etc.).

Restrain articulated vehicles to prevent articulation while in transit.

Parking Brake

Set the parking brake on the equipment being transported.

Special Circumstances: Securing Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, or Machinery with Crawler Tracks or Wheels

Tie-down requirements
  • Restrain cargo using a minimum of four tie-downs, each having a WLL of at least 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).
  • Prevents cargo movement in the side-to-side, forward, rearward, and vertical directions.
  • Attach tie-downs:
    • Either at the front and rear of the vehicle.
    • Or at the mounting points on the vehicle designed for that purpose.

Note: More tie-downs may be required to satisfy the general cargo securement requirements (Section 2) that state: "The sum of the working load limits from all tie-downs must be at least 50% of the weight of the cargo."

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Question #764 (1 of 3)

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When securing heavy vehicles, what is the minimum WLL of each tiedown?

  • 10,000 lbs
  • 50% of the weight of the cargo
  • 5,000 lbs
  • 2,268 lbs
  • Restrain cargo using a minimum of four tiedowns, each having a WLL of at least 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).
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Requirements for securing heavy vehicles, equipment, and machinery apply at what weight?

  • 50% the weight of the trailer
  • More than 4,500 lbs
  • Less than 10,000 lbs
  • More than 10,000 lbs

What Does This Section Cover?

The requirements in this section apply to the transportation of heavy vehicles, equipment, and machinery that:

  • Operate on wheels or tracks, such as front end loaders, bulldozers, tractors, and power shovels.
  • Individually weigh more than 4500 kg (10,000 lb.).
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Securing heavy vehicles or equipment with crawler tracks or wheel requires a minimum of how many tiedowns?

  • 2
  • It depends on the weight of the load
  • 4
  • 6

Special Circumstances: Securing Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, or Machinery with Crawler Tracks or Wheels

Tiedown requirements
  • Restrain cargo using a minimum of four tiedowns, each having a WLL of at least 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).
  • Prevents cargo movement in the side-to-side, forward, rearward, and vertical directions.
  • Attach tiedowns:
    • Either at the front and rear of the vehicle.
    • Or at the mounting points on the vehicle designed for that purpose.
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