Trucking companies typically work with loaders since they are skilled in loading cargo safely. Besides, this saves time, ensuring smooth operations. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for improper loading to cause an accident – a loader can make an error that can result in a crash.
Here are three such mistakes:
Before loading a truck, a loader should know the truck’s weight and that of each cargo unit. A truck should not exceed its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) – the total amount of weight it can handle safely.
Overloading can strain the axles, the tires and other mechanical components, such as the brakes. Further, increased load capacity can cause the tires to overheat, especially when a truck is driven for a long time. Accordingly, it can lead to tire failure, or worse, a blowout.
Trucks need more time to stop as compared to smaller vehicles. But this distance can be increased when a truck is overloaded. If such a driver is in a situation that requires rapid slowing/braking, they may cause an accident.
Not distributing weight evenly
Placing too much weight on one axle or putting the heaviest cargo near the end of the truck can lead to an imbalance that can cause an accident. A loader should use the right loading techniques to balance loads to ensure the driver can make safe turns.
Failing to properly secure cargo
Properly securing cargo is crucial. It’s dangerous for cargo to shift during transit, as this can lead to an imbalance that can make it challenging for the driver to control the truck. Additionally, cargo falling off a truck can strike oncoming vehicles or create obstacles that can cause secondary accidents.
If you are injured in a truck accident, learn more about the circumstances that led to your accident to know the steps to take.