The last thing any of us want is freight damage and with the additional incentive of having to pay the first $2500.00 in damage we make sure nothing is going to move! 
 
We have a 24' foot box and the first 2' is used for equipment to move and secure freight.  We carry blankets, straps, corner protectors, rubber bands, as well as plastic wrap.    The pallet jack is adjustable from a wide tine to narrow tine to either move pallets or to move computer main frames.  We have cones that we set out when using our lift gate for safety.  This is just a few of the items we carry to move freight. 
 
In the past eleven years we have moved a small 4" X 4" box to only once filling up the whole box with a load of tires that we took cross country.  The small 4' X 4" box was picked up with the people standing beside their car holding the freight.  The look on their face when we pulled up was priceless.  The importance of that box was for an air conditioner that had to pass an inspection the next day and a team was needed to get the box delivered on time. 
 
Big or large all cargo must be secured and the load securement devices must also be stowed properly.  I have heard of Expediters picking up an envelope or something small and instead of putting the freight in the box they place it in the sleeper or cab of the truck.  This is against federal law and no matter how small the item it goes in the freight box. 
 
Here are a few examples of secured loads.
 

Using straps, blankets, and plastic wrap


 

 

Securing Freight in the middle of the box


This is a load brought into a receiver with no load securement and the securment devices un secured another violation. 

 

 

 

If this load shifts you could pay more than $2500.00

 

 

Comments (2)

Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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He takes securing freight pretty seriously...

June 21, 2016 4:51:09 AM

Bob should smile more often.

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