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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • Purpose of the Handbook

  • How to Use the Handbook

Chapter 1:Fundamentals of Cargo Securement

  • Guiding Principle of Cargo Securement

  • North American Cargo Securement Standard

Chapter 2: General Cargo Securement Requirements

  • The Securement System

  • Components of a Securement System

  • Vehicle structure

  • Securing devices

  • Containing, Immobilizing, and Securing Cargo

  • Three ways to transport cargo

  • Loading the cargo properly

  • Restraining the cargo correctly

  • Using adequate securing devices

  • Aggregate Working Load Limit

  • Inspection Requirements

Chapter 3: Logs

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Components of the Securement System

  • Use of the Securement System

  • Vehicle Types

  • Special Circumstances

  • Securing Shortwood Logs Loaded Crosswise on Frame, Rail, or Flatbed Vehicles

  • Securing Logs Loaded Lengthwise on Flatbed and Frame Vehicles

  • Securing Logs Transported on Pole Trailers

Chapter 4: Dressed Lumber and Similar Building Materials

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Positioning and Securing Bundles

Chapter 5: Metal Coils

  • Securing Coils

  • Transported With Eyes Vertical on a Vehicle With Anchor Points

  • Transported With Eyes Crosswise on a Vehicle With Anchor Points

  • Transported With Eyes Lengthwise on a Vehicle With Anchor Points

  • Transported in a Sided Vehicle or Intermodal Containter Without Anchor Points

Chapter 6: Paper Rolls

  • Special Circumstances

  • Loading and Securing Paper Rolls with Eyes Vertical in a Sided Vehicle

  • Loading and Securing Paper Rolls with Eyes Horizontal in a Sided Vehicle

  • Loading and Securing Paper Rolls on a Flatbed Vehicle or in a Curtain-Sided Vehicle

Chapter 7: Concrete Pipe Loaded Crosswise

  • Securing Concrete Pipe

  • Arranging the Load

  • Special Circumstances

  • Securing Pipe with an Inside Diameter up to 1.143 mm (45 in)

  • Securing Large Pipe with an Inside Diameter over 1.143 mm (45 in)

Chapter 8: Intermodal Containers

  • Special Circumstances

  • Securing Loaded Intermodal Containers on Container Chassis Vehicles

  • Securing Loaded Intermodal Containers on Non-Chassis Vehicles

  • Securing Empty Intermodal Containers on Non-Chassis Vehicles

Chapter 9: Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Securing Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans

Chapter 10: Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Preparing Equipment Being Transported

  • Securing Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery

Chapter 11: Flattened or Crushed Vehicles

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Securing Flattened or Crushed Vehicles

Chapter 12: Roll-On/Roll-Off and Hook Containers

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Securing Roll-On/Roll-Off and Hook Containers

Chapter 13: Large Bolders

  • What Does This Section Cover?

  • Positioning Boulders

  • Tiedown Requirements

  • Special Circumstances

  • Securing a Cubic Shaped Boulder

  • Securing a Non-Cubic Shaped Boulder With a Stable Base

  • Securing a Non-Cubic Shaped Boulder With a Unstable Base

Appendix A:Default WLLs for Unmarked Tiedowns

Appendix B:Glossary

Last updated: Friday, March 14th, 2014