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TRAINING addresses the requirements of FMCSR 392.9 and 393

Covers key topics, including:

  • proper securement techniques
  • working load limit and aggregate working load limit standards
  • determining the number of tiedowns
  • when to re-examine and adjust cargo
  • pre-trip inspection
  • cargo distribution
  • securement devices
  • re-checking cargo
  • personal safety

All Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)s transporting cargo must comply with the applicable provisions of ยง393.100-393.106 (subpart I) to prevent the shifting or falling of cargo aboard the vehicle.


Cargo Securement-VAN TRAILER 53x102 with e-track and air ride.

VIDEO: Utility 4000D-X Construction/Cargo Securement Features

Drivers must make sure your cargo is secure before you begin to drive. This requires a pre-trip inspection, cleaning your trailer, and inspecting exterior, lights, brakes, tires, doors and latches and structure of trailer. You must verify the load was loaded correctly when possible and weigh the load so that is within legal weight limits. This may require you to slide the tandems on the trailer and in some cases remove a pallet from the load while at the shipper. Make sure to watch and count your pallets and match with the bill of lading. Watch for damages to the cargo during loading or unloading and take photos and document by calling dispatch.

Make sure the BOL is signed and dated by receiver Make sure you BOL# is on your log and/or the shippers name and commodity and the city and state of the shipper and receivers are on your log.Sealed loads cannot be opened or inspected except by receiver or a DOT officer while enroute.

When backing into a dock do so at low speed and gently touch the dock- do not hit the dock this may cause your cargo to shift or damage cargo or the trailer.

Securement Devices: You must carry at least 10 2"x12' ratchet straps and use at least 2 2"x12' ratchet straps attached to e-track depending on your cargo you may need several more devices to secure cargo including, rubber mats, load bar/load locks, blocking, dunnage bags, etc. Items to watch for include: paper, steel parts on pallets, scrap, water, soda, shrink wrapped pallets with to little shrink wrap.

Driver Safety Equipment: Drivers must wear proper protective gear such as steel toe or composite shoes or boots, hard hat, safety vest,  safety glasses, leather gloves, and other clothing when entering a shipper or reciever facility.

Pre-trip Inspection. Inspect interior and clean trailer after each load-sweep and remove trash, nails and inspect for damage before beginning trip or loading.

Inspect exterior for damage to exterior that may cause leaks.

Food grade loads may require trailer to be washed out and dry before loading.

Working load limit- maximum amount of load or weight that can be applied to a securement device.

Aggregate Working Load limit-Total of all working load limits of all devices used to secure an article, or articles, cargo, must be 1/2 times the weight of the item or group of items being secured

the combined limit of all the items used to secure load must be enought to secure entire load.

Securement Devices

Load Locks-Aluminum load lock can be attached to e-track or logistic posts.

Logistic Posts allow you to attach straps to secure cargo.


Load Bar-can be used to hold items in place.Ratchet out and uses pressure to attach to wall.

Ratchet Straps-use at least 2 straps attached to e-track on each full load. Your load may require more than two. (3000LB CAPACITY EACH)

Friction Mats-Rubber matts to increase friction/reduce slipping example:paper roll

Wood blocks may be nailed to the wood floor to secure heavy pallets. Use in conjunction with ratchet straps.

Dunnage-Cardboard spacers can be used between pallets

Dunnage Bags can be used to fill space in between pallets

Cargo Pads-place pads over products like furniture, machines and products that maybe damaged by movement.

Even Load Distribution- when loading load, keep lower center of gravity.

Distribute LoadLoad Heavy Items on bottom

Shrink wrap-make sure products are wrapped securely-problems arise with to little shrink wrap plastic.

Door seals-please insure load seals are intact before leaving. You must not open a trailer or break the seal. Only a DOT officer has authority to do this before load reaches reciever.

BOL-Please count pallets and verify they match the Bill of lading and rate sheets. Call dispatch with any discrepency, concerns or damages by shipper or reciever. Please make sure BOL is signed and dated by reciever. You must also sign the BOL.

Freight Claims-if your load is damaged please document with photos and decriptions, witnesses and notify dispatch.





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