What's Wrong With This Load?

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Old School's Comment
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I was waiting for that answer. That was the first thing I noticed also. Although we don't know the whole story, I don't see any other reason the straps would be out like that...

We can only speculate as to why that strap is laying there on the front of the trailer, but if you look closely it appears to be wrapped around the winch on the side of the trailer that we are looking at which probably indicates it was holding something, or they may have even been using it to extricate that coil from the cab of the truck, but I can tell you for sure that the coil was not loaded right there at the front of the trailer. The shipper would never have loaded it that way. We sometimes pick up coils on pre-loaded trailers at American Stainless with coils that are held in place with one strap. That is a temporary restraint that the shipper puts on it, but the driver is responsible for securing it properly when he picks up the trailer. I have seen rookies pick these up not realizing that they need to re-work the load to make it legal and safe. There is no telling what happened here for sure other than the fact that the driver just didn't get it right.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Larry E.'s Comment
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Guyjax, you can use straps on suicide coils, but they can't be the only thing used. I've been seeing a number of suicide coils that are "X"ed with straps, in what appears to be a method of keeping them from going forward or back. Thanks, but I'll use my chains unless I run out and then I would probably be over weigh for the load.

Hope the driver wasn't injured, but I'll bet there was a stink in the cab and he had to change his shorts.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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My last load with my trainer was two cable spools: 16.7k pounds each. The shipper laid the dunnage and we had to secure it properly to the trailer. They were laid suicide fashion. We ended up running 5 chains through the arbor hole on each spool to hold them in place. It's hard to tell from the picture what the securement was for sure, other than "inadequate." But I only see one chain and that little strap. Apparently this is a lot like going down the mountain. You can go down as many times as you want too slow but only one time too fast. With securement, you can 'over secure' as many times as you want but only one time with too little.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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