Flatbed Securement Discussion 2022

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Matthew P.'s Comment
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I was asking about "A" chains to prevent forward and backward movement. Somebody told me that was the "old" way of doing things. I am skeptical. Hate throwing chains. Sure can see the need though.

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Turtle's Comment
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The "A" chain is a method sometimes used for skidded coils, or those "eye to the sky". The method wasn't recommended by my company, so I never used it, instead preferring "X" chains or straps, or a combination of both. The only "A" chains I used were to create a bulkhead with my dunnage.

Shotgun coils are secured with a combination of "X" and "C" chains, with additional straps side to side over the coils when needed.

When hauling coils, you absolutely need to be quite familiar and comfortable with throwing chains.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chief Brody's Comment
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Michael P says:

Hate throwing chains.

The only aggravating thing I find about throwing chains is that I have so much stuff stacked on top of them in my headache rack that it takes me more time to pull that stuff off, get my chains out, and then put the other stuff back than it does that actually throw the chains.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Thanks. I left out the obvious stuff. Hogtie x chains straps etc. Going to have to talk to the safety guy in our company again and see what the deal is. Someone else had told me a chains we're not really required for securement. I see them being used in our load securement manual. That particular securement is an awful lot of work.

The "A" chain is a method sometimes used for skidded coils, or those "eye to the sky". The method wasn't recommended by my company, so I never used it, instead preferring "X" chains or straps, or a combination of both. The only "A" chains I used were to create a bulkhead with my dunnage.

Shotgun coils are secured with a combination of "X" and "C" chains, with additional straps side to side over the coils when needed.

When hauling coils, you absolutely need to be quite familiar and comfortable with throwing chains.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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