Cargo management is a top concern among all trucking professionals. After all, if cargo isn’t properly loaded and secured, it could be damaged or even cause injuries and accidents. This is why many trucking companies have been placing a big emphasis on the issue of cargo securement as of late.
Securing cargo isn’t an exact science since all types of cargo are different. Some items can be stacked and strapped, but others may require extra fasteners to keep loose parts or extrusions from moving about.
There are some easy steps you can follow to ensure your company’s cargo is more secure and arrives at its destination undamaged.
Driver Training Should Include Cargo Securement
Since drivers are often the people who interact with cargo the most, or at the very least, the people responsible for the safe delivery of cargo, it only makes sense to train drivers to secure different types of loads properly. If you haven’t already incorporated a section on cargo management and security in your driver training, now is the time to add one.
Inspect Fasteners Often
The condition of your fasteners is also vital to protecting cargo. Old, worn, or damaged straps and other fasteners can break or become loose during transport, ultimately leading to damage. By inspecting your fasteners often and replacing any potential hazards, you’re more likely to get your cargo to its destination unharmed.
Use Video Telematics
Video telematics allows you to see the condition of cargo while it’s in transport. Cameras installed in the trailer provide a real-time view of cargo condition, and if an issue is spotted, the driver can be alerted. These systems can also monitor the actual cargo securement process to ensure that all drivers and loading dock professionals are following protocol.
Attention to Detail is the Key
The key to secure cargo delivery comes down to attention to detail. By preparing your drivers for different types of loads and understanding the specifics of the cargo you’re dealing with, shipment is less likely to experience damage, and your company is more likely to experience repeat business.