According to the 2006 federal Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), there are a number of different factors that contribute to truck accidents. However, while there are a number of different factors involved in these types of accidents, the LTCCS notes that the following factors contribute to the majority of truck accidents:

Truck Cargo Shift – when an improperly secured cargo load on a truck shifts, serious accidents can occur.

Truck Driver Training – while many truckers receive proper training, there are cases where inadequate driver experience and training plays a major role in trucks accidents.

Truck Manufacture– if there is a mechanical fault within a truck, an accident can occur.

Traffic Signalling and/or Highway Conditions – both faulty signalling and inadequate highway infrastructure can contribute to truck accidents.

Weather Conditions – unfavourable conditions that include blizzards, rain storms, freezing rain, fog and other poor environmental conditions can contribute to truck accidents

Secure Your Truck Load Properly

While many factors do contribute to truck accidents, one way to avoid such accidents and/or to minimize damage if involved with an unavoidable accident is to ensure that a truck’s pallet loads are properly secured.  One excellent way to promote safety is to make use of a steel banding alternative that will ensure the cargo securement of these bundles.

For instance, Redback Industries specialises in non-metal straps that are impact resistant and maintain both their strength and tension over time.  Ideal for both irregular and heavy loads, the woven polyester cord strap, the composite cordstrap, and lashing systems all provide excellent support.

To conclude then, in order to minimize the damage caused in truck accidents or to avoid these types of accidents altogether, it is vital that bundles on trucks are properly secured on pallets with the proper straps.  To find out how Redback Industries can help your business with load securement, visit www.redbackindustries.com, or call us at 1.866.455.1345.

Steel strapping is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses as well as variations in the grade of steel. Steel is used where minimal stretch is desired. Surface finishes for steel strap include: paint, paint and wax, bluing or zinc and wax. The wax is used to better transmit the tension around the bundle and for use with certain types of tensioners. Common applications include steel coils, bundles of metal, baling wire, bricks and pavers, and roll end-binding.

Unfortunately, there have been numerous accidents over the last few years and with the cost of steel strapping continuing to rise, it is time to replace steel banding with a superior and safer alternative.

Polypropylene strap (oriented or tensilized), also known as poly strapping,  is an economical material designed for light to medium duty unitizing, palletizing and bundling. It is available in various widths, thicknesses, and polymer variations (e.g., copolymers). Some polypropylene is embossed or printed.

This product offers high elongation at break but tends to have irrecoverable dead stretch with constant stress. What is not generally known to end users is that polypropylene strapping will lose about 50% of the applied tension within one hour, and that this tension loss is accelerated with increases in ambient temperature, consequently although suitable for packs with a degree of stored energy that will take up any relaxation that occurs in the strap, unacceptable strap slackness may occur after time if used on product that is ‘Solid’ such as bricks or concrete. Furthermore, polypropylene strapping is susceptible to UV degradation and can quickly degrade if left outside exposed to the elements.

Oriented or tensilized polyester and nylon strapping are stronger than polypropylene and are used as an alternative to steel strapping in the some industries.  Polyester provides excellent retained tension on rigid loads.  Its excellent recovery properties can help a load absorb impact without strap breakage, however polyester strapping can rupture easily on the corner of a load due to its low cross directional strength, especially under high tension.

Ensuring that you adequately secure cargo without damaging the export cargo container or goods’ being shipped is of the utmost importance. Redback strapping stays tight during transit and is ideal for securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.

For more information please visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Friday, 01 May 2015 10:40

Why Use Woven Cord Strapping

Redback Industries specializes in Woven Cord Strapping, a safe and superior alternative to steel banding. Woven polyester strapping outperforms steel banding and provides optimum protection against serious injury to employees and customers. It absorbs impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding, and it will not lash-back dangerously when cut.

Woven cord strapping is widely used by lumber, military, industrial and mining industries. Steel strapping is hazardous and is being replaced by this easy to use and safe alternative. Steel strapping is a serious source of personnel accidents. Unlike steel strapping, woven cord strapping does not rust or damage goods and has minimal lash-back when cut.

Strapping undergoes many stresses during transit. Shock is a common source of strap failure and Redback’s cord strapping stays tight on loads and can absorb impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding or damage valuable product. In addition, Redback Industries woven cord straps are environmentally friendly and can be reused.

The cost of steel banding continues to rise and has seriously outpaced increases in plastic and cord strapping.  Since the beginning of the year, the cost of steel strapping is up approximately 38%, compared to 8% for cord strapping. Cord strapping is a safe, superior and economical alternative to the danger and high cost associated with steel banding.  For more information about converting from steel to cord strapping, please visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

At Redback Industries, we are committed to keeping you up to date on the latest cargo securement news: The Montana Department of Transportation is gearing up for approximately 300 oversized loads bearing oil modules, on interstates 90 and 15. The plan will eliminate the need to use state highway 12, which is generally favored by large oil importers.

Breakbulk.com reports:

The 205 original [Kearl] modules… were reduced in size to meet interstate highway weight and size requirements after Idaho denied use of Highway 12, a route that did not have overpasses…. All shipments are bound for Imperial/Exxon’s Kearl Oil Sands Project in northeastern Alberta.

The loads will enter the state of Montana on Interstate 90 in Mineral County and exit the state of Montana on Interstate 15 at the Port of Sweet Grass in Toole County, according to a MDOT statement. Some of the loads will originate from the river ports in Pasco, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho, where they were broken down into smaller pieces. Some of these loads –about 30 downsized loads from Lewiston–have already been trucked into Montana.

The smaller, conventional loads are able to move during daylight hours, while the larger loads on hydraulic trailers must move after 8 p.m. The largest of the modules measure 25 feet wide, nearly 12 feet high and 123 feet long.

For irregular sized loads such as these, we recommend cargo strapping like our Powerlash Cargo Restraint Systems.  Powerlash Cargo Restraint is a modular system, using high-tenacity polyester webbing, high joint efficiency no-sew fasteners and a removable tensioning mechanism. Using various combinations of webbing, hooks and strap buckles, Powerlash works well for securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.

For irregular-sized loads and cargo securement, contact Redback Industries today for a quote or consultation, or visit our website at www.redback.com.

What Exactly are the FMCSA Regulations?

As you may or may not know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has adopted specific load securement regulations for a number of different types of commodities.  Some of these commodities include metal coils; paper rolls; intermodal containers; concrete pipe; light trucks automobiles, and vans, heavy vehicles, machinery and equipment; roll-on/roll-off containers; flattened or crushed vehicles; large boulders – and of course dressed lumber and logs.

Through various public meetings, it was discovered that the enforcement agencies and the industries disagreed a great deal about how to properly secure these types of commodities.

However, regulations regarding log transport are applicable to almost all types of log transportation except for the following:

(1)    Logs that are bundled with banding or strapping can be transported according to general US cargo securement regulations.

(2)   Loads that contain one to four processed logs can be transported according to general US load securement regulations.

(3)   Log debris, stumps, firewood,  and other shorter logs are subject to containerization – located in a strong, closed container and/or inside a vehicle.  In addition, longer logs may be transported in a closed container or in a vehicle.

393.118 – Dressed Lumber and Similar Building Products

The rules in this section apply to the transportation of bundles of dressed lumber, packaged lumber, building products such as plywood, gypsum board or other materials of similar shape. Lumber or building products that are not bundled or packaged must be treated as loose items and transported in accordance with the general cargo securement rules. For the purpose of this section, the term ” bundle ” refers to packages of lumber, building materials or similar products which are unitized for securement as a single article of cargo.

Redback Industries specializes in lumber banding and containerization – we can help you in securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.  Find out more at www.redback.com.

Redback Industries carries a complete range of strapping tools and strapping tensioners for securing cargo as well as Compression Covers and Drum Clips exclusively from Redback Industries.

Redback Industries also offers PROGRIP Heavy Duty Buckles, which provide maximum joint efficiency and high system strength. Available in standard Galvanized or Phosphated coatings, as well as NEW Black Galvanized finish for superior holding power in all weather conditions.

PROGRIP Buckles allow high tension and provide maximum joint strength when paired with POWERWEB, POWERFLEX or POWERLASH. The geometry of PROGRIP Buckles is optimized for use with Redback Strapping.

PROGRIP Buckles are available in a wide range of sizes and types. Use Galvanized Buckles for ease of use and Black Galvanized or Phosphated Buckles for optimal holding power.

Redback’s line of PROSERIES strapping tools is noted for their precision manufacturing, durability, and safety.  PROSERIES Tools last longer and tension straps tighter.  Industrial strength strapping tools and accessories are economical and require minimal maintenance. Trust the protection of your cargo to poly strapping and strapping tools from Redback Industries. For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

Friday, 01 May 2015 11:29

Cargo Securement Standards

In order to be compliant with regulations, drivers and motor carriers must ensure that their cargo securement devices and systems meet the required performance standards. All devices and systems used to secure cargo must be capable of meeting the requirements of §393.102 which addresses protection against shifting and falling cargo.  Steel strapping, cord strapping and other cargo tie downs used to secure cargo must be installed and maintained to ensure that maximum forces acting on the devices do not exceed the manufacturers breaking strength.

Cargo tie downs and securing devices must not contain knots. If a tie down is repaired, it must be repaired in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Each tie down must be attached and secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming loose, unfastening, opening or releasing while the vehicle is in transit. Edge protection must be used whenever a cargo tie down would be subject to abrasion or cutting at the point where it touches an article of cargo. The edge protection must resist abrasion, cutting and crushing.

There are exceptions to the above guidelines. These requirements do not apply to vehicles transporting one or more articles of cargo such as, but not limited to, machinery or fabricated structural items such as steel or concrete beams, cranes, booms, girders, and trusses, which because of their design, size, shape, or weight, must be fastened by special methods.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time contact Redback Industries. To discuss the strength and tension of a particular product and determine which strapping solution is right for you, contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redback.com

As required in the Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR 176.76, cargo, including hazardous materials, transported in vehicles and freight containers must be secured during transport to prevent shifting of the cargo and damage to the container. This requirement is true for all modes of surface transportation due to the fact that containers are transported by vessel, rail, and highway. Accordingly, the cargo must be adequately secured to withstand the unique forces exerted on the packages during each of these modes of transport. Although there are recommended methods, the ultimate responsibility for properly securing cargo inside a container (by blocking, bracing, and strapping) resides with the packer of the container.

Ensuring that you adequately secure cargo without damaging the export cargo container or goods’ being shipped is of the utmost importance. Redback strapping stays tight during transit and is ideal for securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.

For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

POWERLASH Cargo Restraint Systems are designed specifically for project cargo. Comprised of high tenacity polyester webbing, it is kinder on the cargo and is well suited to many types of lashing applications. Polyester straps or cargo tie downs, are more elastic than chains and therefore retain more tension than a chain assembly if the load moves during transport. Using various combinations of webbing, strap buckles and hooks, POWERLASH can quickly accommodate many different strapping methods. This hardware allows the cargo strap to attach to anchor points surrounding the cargo. It also provides a method of introducing tension to hold the item in place and stays tight during transit.

Cargo tie downs are used by thousands of shipping and trucking companies every day. The transportation industry is perhaps the largest user of high strength webbing in the world.

Tougher cargo securement regulations are being adopted throughout North America and laws are moving towards certified cargo restraint systems with indicated working load limit. Redback Industries maintains the highest cargo securement standards in all of our products. For an economical and reliable strapping system, make sure you check out Redback Load Restraint Systems.

Friday, 01 May 2015 12:02

WSDOT Funding for Freight Rail

Do you need to secure heavy loads, bundled objects and irregularly shaped objects often? If you do, then consider Redback Industries composite strapping and galvanized buckles as safer methods of securing loads when compared to steel banding.

If you work in haulage or freight, then you are already aware of safety issues when it comes to securing loads, but did you know that composite strapping has many advantages over steel banding? It features maximum impact resistance, minimal lash back when cut, high joint strength, maintenance of tension over time, it won’t rust or damage goods, it’s soft on hands and on your load, easy to handle and dispose of, there is a low tool cost and low tool maintenance, it’s 1/4 the weight of steel, UV resistant and highly economical.

With the Washington State Department of Transportation accepting applications to receive state funding for freight rail projects in Washington, we at Redback Industries hope to see a safe and secure environment for all of these potential new workers. The funding will create family-wage jobs and the projects will demonstrate the economic and environmental advantages of freight rail.

Read more about the Freight Rail Funding here:  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/06/061012_freightrail.htm

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