Cargo Nets For Trucks Can Save Lives...and Money!
Posted: Dec 11, 2013
Every province and state in North America has legislation that levies fines on those who drive with unsecured cargo. This can mean anything from the skis you have snapped in to your roof rack coming to the motorbikes you have strapped to your trailer falling over. But quite often, though, the worst offenders are those that haul cargo daily. A pickup truck can supply a false sense of security for operators, as they can often carry several items without losing anything. But there’s no anticipating all circumstances. A bump in the road or an unexpected maneuver can easily cause cargo to shift, and dropping an item on a roadway is extremely dangerous, costly and is something you want to avoid.
Cargo nets for trucks are by far the most versatile piece of equipment available for those who haul. Cargo nets have the ability to shape themselves to the size of a load and can handle unusually tall or heavy freights as well. Cargo nets for trucks are quickly becoming standard workplace safety equipment, and are being used in many industries around the world.
What to Look for in a Truck Bed Cargo Net
Cargo nets for trucks are rated several different ways. Always ensure your cargo net has a visible Working Load Limit stamped on each component, and that the company clearly supplies testing details. Look for a cargo net with:
- A separate storage bag for easy stowing.
- Heavy-duty and handy mechanisms that are tough yet easy to use (go for carabiners over S-rings).
- Extendable attachment arms.
- High-quality materials.
- Several tie-down options.
Expenses of Unsecured Cargo
If you lose an item onto a roadway, you may not only be charged for unsecured cargo, but also for littering. As well, if you incur a number of infractions for unsecured cargo the penalties increase.
Although accidents involving lost cargo on roadways are sometimes not reported, the numbers are still striking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that highway litter was responsible for approximately 440 fatalities in 2010. The Washington State Department of Transportation has calculated that roughly 25,000 accidents each year are caused by unsecured cargo. The U.S. National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) approximates that lost cargo accounts for about $50 billion in losses for businesses each year. And the Washington State Department of Ecology has researched that up to 25 per cent of roadside litter is because of cargo coming loose from truck beds.
Truck bed cargo nets are your best bet for staying safe and avoiding fines. Safe driving!
Quarantine Restraints proud to boast the highest engineer-certified complete assembly Working Load Limit (WLL) on the market. Each component of our cargo nets is clearly marked with their individual WLL in compliance with North American cargo securement standards.