Load Security, Why Is it So Important.
Load Security, why is it so important?
Each year National Highways removes over 20,000 items which have fallen onto the road carriageway from a commercial vehicle. Apart from the delays caused to motorists if the carriageway is closed to facilitate removing the item, any item falling from a vehicle or bouncing down the carriageway is dangerous to other road users.
Not only that, this resulted in the closure of either a single lane or the full carriageway. On average, it takes 20 minutes to deal with each incident.
Furthermore, this places a significant financial burden on the UK economy from:
- time wasted in traffic
- damage to goods
- damage to infrastructure.
Not only does effective load securing prevent goods from falling onto roads causing danger to other road users, but it also saves money by ensuring that goods arrive at their destination undamaged.
The driver is not the only person responsible for the safety of the vehicle and its load. Everybody in the transport chain should make themselves aware of the rules set out in the DfT code of practice: safety of loads on vehicles.
To ensure load security, we run Strapping and Load Securing courses. This course is designed to instruct candidates on how to assess, position and secure loads, plan routes and implications of poor management. As recommended by Highways Safety Hub – Raising the Bar 36 Lost Loads. The course duration is 1/2 a day.