Efficient load securing depends on the nature of the goods and starts with the correct transport-suitable packing, loading, stowage and securing of the load. Only goods that are well packed and stowed can be secured and transported in a safe and roadworthy manner.

Forces acting on the load during transport

In normal driving conditions (including full braking, acceleration, evasive manoeuvres and poor road conditions), enormous forces act on the load.

Example: 0.5 G sideways means that cargo with 10 tonnes of net weight can press into the tarpaulin with forces of up to 5 tonnes in weight: 0.5 G = 50% of the net weight.

Force acting on the load during road transport

Force acting on the load during road transport Force acting on the load during road transport

Force acting on the load in Combined Transport

Due to the shunting of railway waggons in railway stations and the rolling and heeling motions on ships, higher forces act on the load than when trucking on the road.

For Combined Transport, this requires increased load securing measures:

  • Given that the trailers on the railway waggon are loaded against the direction of travel, the load must also be secured from slipping backwards.
  • Ensure optimum weight distribution on the trailer – avoid top-heavy or tail-heavy loading!

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