- According to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport”, up to 25% of accidents involving trucks can be attributable to inadequate cargo securing.
- In the US, two-thirds of crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads. (Source: www.friedgoldberg.com)
- Around 7% of serious truck accidents injuries are a result of a load shifting or falling off a truck. (Source: www.weinbergerlaw.net)
- According to a study by AAA, between 2011 and 2014, more than 200,000 accidents were caused by loose cargo or debris falling from trucks. Two-thirds of these accidents were due to unsecured loads falling onto the road or onto vehicles. The remaining one-third were caused when drivers swerved to avoid debris that fell onto the road.
Whether you transport your cargo via ocean vessels, railroads or trucks, make sure that your load is secured!
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has very detailed and specific rules for cargo securement:
“Cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by structures of adequate strength, dunnage (loose materials used to support and protect cargo) or DUNNAGE BAGS (inflatable bags intended to fill space between articles of cargo or between cargo and the wall of the vehicle), shoring bars, tie downs or a combination of these.”
Call International Dunnage today and let’s work together to have a safer world.