Things that could happen 1. Cause Vehicle Accident 1. Cause Vehicle Accident 2. Cause Bodily Harm 2. Cause Bodily Harm (To you or others) (To you or others) 3. Lose Your Job 3. Lose Your Job 4. Can you think of any others? 4. Can you think of any others?
As LinkUs employees we are often times called upon to travel the highways and bi-ways of this great land in vehicles loaded down with 1000’s of dollars of tools and equipment. One small error in judgment, one overlooked piece of equipment and those tools/equipment become weapons, capable of severe property damage, personal injury, and/or death. Load Restraint
Securing Other Equipment in Your Vehicle Load equipment in your vehicle in a way that will provide for “minimum movement” when the vehicle is in motion. Don’t just throw things in randomly or stack things too high.
Securing Other Equipment in Your Vehicle For “open bed” trucks especially, be sure that lighter items (including paper, plastic, cardboard and DISH reflectors) are secured so they cannot be blown out when the vehicle is moving at top speeds.
Securing Other Equipment in Your Vehicle Additional tie down rope, straps or stretch cords may be needed in order to be sure that everything you carry is properly secured. This can help prevent damage, not only to equipment you carry, but to other people/property too.
Proper Loading = Less Stress on Back and Shoulders Preventing injuries.
Stress to lower back and shoulders This can cause an injury
Securing Your Ladder for Travel 1. 1. Make sure that both hooks are connected securely. 2. 2. Use the ratchet to tighten enough so the ladder will not move. 3. 3. Trying to secure a ladder with “wire” or “stretch cords” is NOT acceptable. All ladders carried outside a vehicle should be secured with “Ratcheting Tie Down” safety straps.
Once ladders are loaded and secured, it’s time to lock them up! Cinching lock: Cinches the ladder tight to the rack Cinches the ladder tight to the rack Cable lock: Make sure that cable goes between the rungs and around the rack Make sure that cable goes between the rungs and around the rack
Picture 1: This ladder has been secured using chain and a D- ring. The ladder is affixed to the ladder rack and will not allow motion in any direction. The same method is used on the front portion of the rack as well. Picture 2: Notice a separate length of chain is used as a ladder locking system to allow the yellow chain to function solely as a restraining device. A third chain has been added as an extra safety precaution to prevent the ladder from unintentionally extending itself. Load Constraint the good the bad.
Load, Strap, and Lock Proper Loading prevents injuries Proper Loading prevents injuries Proper securing of ladder prevents accidents and provides safety for all Proper securing of ladder prevents accidents and provides safety for all Properly inspect the ladder rack before leaving the shop Properly inspect the ladder rack before leaving the shop Properly strap and secure your load before leaving the shop and after each job. Properly strap and secure your load before leaving the shop and after each job. Ultimately the responsibility is yours to prevent loss, damaged equipment and the safety of other vehicles on the highway. Ultimately the responsibility is yours to prevent loss, damaged equipment and the safety of other vehicles on the highway.