Hazmat Load Securing Questions

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Not I.'s Comment
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I am curious about something to avoid any DOT issues/violations. I drive a box truck, now we strap in full hazmat pallets/loads ...but the guys that fill the trucks for us do not strap in random products on pallets along with say 50-150lbs give or take hazmat product that may be mixed in with that particular order that may have non hazmat stuff on it also. Is that not acceptable? Does a pallet of anything hazmat product wise regardless of weight have to be ratchet strapped in, or does it depend on the weight/size of that particular load?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Banks's Comment
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Should be fine. You have to strap hazmat to a wall, regardless of weight. The rest of the stuff doesn't have to be secured.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Not I.'s Comment
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Should be fine. You have to strap hazmat to a wall, regardless of weight. The rest of the stuff doesn't have to be secured.

So even if one box the size of a bowling ball on a pallet, still has to be strapped in?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

PackRat's Comment
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Should be fine. You have to strap hazmat to a wall, regardless of weight. The rest of the stuff doesn't have to be secured.

Read this again.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I am curious about something to avoid any DOT issues/violations. I drive a box truck, now we strap in full hazmat pallets/loads ...but the guys that fill the trucks for us do not strap in random products on pallets along with say 50-150lbs give or take hazmat product that may be mixed in with that particular order that may have non hazmat stuff on it also. Is that not acceptable? Does a pallet of anything hazmat product wise regardless of weight have to be ratchet strapped in, or does it depend on the weight/size of that particular load?

I hesitated to answer, but the vets have come through. I pretty much thought so, myself.

Whom again DO you drive for? Another member is looking for a CDL box truck type of gig. Share?

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Should be fine. You have to strap hazmat to a wall, regardless of weight. The rest of the stuff doesn't have to be secured.

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So even if one box the size of a bowling ball on a pallet, still has to be strapped in?

As I thought, yes. You do have your endorsement, yes? Tanker also? Some product (unsuspectingly) is both!

Thanks again,

~ Anne ~

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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So even if one box the size of a bowling ball on a pallet, still has to be strapped in?

Yes, any Hazmat has to be.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Auggie69's Comment
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So even if one box the size of a bowling ball on a pallet, still has to be strapped in?

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Yes, any Hazmat has to be.

I had a rail van once I had to take to the rail yard. My dispatch said I had poison onboard but the only hazmat I had was one little canister on the tail.

I had no idea the rail yard would not take poison.

I entered and was forced to leave that place three times! They would never tell me why I couldn't enter. My Central Dispatch had no clue. I'm making double time so I didn't care other than the frustration.

Finally somebody somewhere realized that little container of poison was screwing me up. Went to a nearby FXF terminal , offloaded it and went back and we were good to go.

But, yes! Strap the hazmat and don't stack or put on bars!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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