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Safety Edition – November 2023

A Cemstone Companies Safety Edition


Secure cargo requirements prevent cargo from leaking, spilling, blowing, or falling from a commercial vehicle. Regulations include minimum strength requirements for devices used to secure cargo, requirements that prevent cargo from moving, and rules for securing specific commodities. When commercial motor vehicles are used to transport cargo on public roads, they must be loaded and equipped, and their cargo must be secured, according to regulation.

  • Flatbed load securement: Double inspect loads prior to leaving facility. Double strapping policy is a Company Policy – NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • Inspect EVERY LOAD securement prior to each use.
  • DO NOT use damaged load securement devices, remove them from service and replace.
  • NEVER exceed the working load limit of a securement device.
  • FLAGGING REQUIREMENT – Any vehicle having a load or vehicle component that extends beyond the sides more than 4 inches or more than 4 feet beyond the rear shall have the extremities of the load marked with a RED FLAG, not less than 12 inches square.

Proper load securement techniques and cargo securement devices are essential to any trucking operation. Failing to adhere to load securement regulations could mean lost cargo, accidents, injuries, lawsuits, or even death — not to mention increased insurance rates and a poor reputation among companies.

keep everyone safe, secure your load in place.
These regulations are crucial for maintaining a safe and efficient work environment. Employees should familiarize themselves with these guidelines and consistently follow them to ensure their safety of their colleagues and general motoring public.