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.

Redback Industries offers a complete line of strapping and strap buckles for the lumber industry. Our strapping equipment is designed to withstand the harsh environment of the lumber industry while providing a safe, cost efficient alternative to steel strapping.

Composite strapping and woven cord strapping are ideal for the lumber industry. The combination of high tensile, elongation and excellent recovery makes for a superior replacement product for steel strapping. While steel strapping has been used for securing lumber loads for nearly a hundred years, technological advancement has paved the way for strapping with high strength polyester cord strapping. High-tenacity woven polyester strapping coupled with a maximum joint-efficiency strapping buckle, is specifically designed for load securement. This system is tested and proven to dramatically reduce the potential for employee injury and product damage.  Woven polyester strapping is quickly replacing steel banding as an industry standard.

In the lumber industry where loads are commonly dumped off of trucks, Redback Industries cord strapping eliminates the shock break, keeping products contained and providing a clean, safer working environment. From the forest to the construction site lumber must be transported and shipped multiple times. It is imperative that you keep your lumber safe, secure and damage free from traveling on trucks and rail cars. Redback Industries offers a full line of strapping and strapping tools ideal for lumber yards.

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

At the end of September 2011, The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) network will finish an extremely important pilot project.  Established in November 2010 by container operators that include Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and other companies, the CINS embarked on a project that aimed to reduce accidents caused by improper cargo securement, incorrect weight declaration, and improper packaging.

What did the CINS pilot project involve?

The operators worked in tandem and shared information regarding company cargo accidents, incidents and near accidents.  This information was then compiled in a pilot CINS database.  Using this information, trends were identified concerning high risk load securement and other areas; in turn, this data provided guidance on how to minimize such risks in the future.  Advice how to ensure that cargo will arrive at its destination intact – and general information regarding how to ensure safer container shipping was also given.

How will this pilot project affect the future of the industry?

In the future, the CINS network believes that this database will also show just how widespread certain unsafe practices are in the cargo securement and shipping industry.  In turn, this important information will lead to the proper load securement and shipping legislation changes.  In addition, this information will also result in better load containment and cargo packing training in containers.

Moreover, besides these improvements, the founders of this initiative also hope to improve the quality of cargo delivery and of how individuals in the maritime industry communicate and fulfil obligations.


Redback Industries is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information on cargo securement regulations.  We have built a strong reputation in the cargo securement industry for providing quality strapping solutions and services at competitive prices.  Redback Industries provides composite cord strappingwoven polyester strapping, and cargo lashing for load securement.  In addition, check out our strap buckles as well as strapping tools and accessories for maximum efficiency and durability.  Find out how we can help you with load restraint at www.redback.com

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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.

Ending nearly three years of deadlock and delay since the last comprehensive funding law expired, the House and Senate, on the 29th of June, approved a two-year highway bill that will fund construction and safety programs though September 2014. Redback Industries fully supports any initiatives which focus on safety while transporting goods, and we consider Redback composite strapping and galvanised buckles to be the safest way of securing heavy loads, bundled loads and irregular shaped objects.

Provisions in the bill of interest to American Trucking Associations  and the trucking industry include:

  • Creation of a clearinghouse to track drug and alcohol test results;
  • A study of crash-worthiness standards for large trucks;
  • Establishment of standards for systems to provide employers with timely notifications of drivers’ moving violations; and
  • Mandatory testing of new carriers entering the industry to verify their knowledge of safety requirements.

House members voted 373-52 for the bill and the Senate followed with a 74-19 tally before a Congressional recess. The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature.

The bill also requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a field study on the effectiveness of the 34-hour restart provision in its hours-of-service rule.

This restart law allows drivers to reset their weekly work cycles by resting for 34 hours, including two periods between 1am and 5am, in order to reduce driver fatigue.

The legislation “makes tremendous strides in the safety arena and puts down a marker for future improvements to our nation’s freight infrastructure,”  ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement.

Ask Redback Industries about increased safety and security in the trucking industry, and find out more about our composite poly cord strapping which maintains tension over time, and will not rust or damage goods.

Published in Federal Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published in the Federal Register a Notice of request for comments on methods for securing cargo in transport vehicles and freight containers, in order to determine whether a standardized approval or certification process or improvised performance criteria for flexible strapping securing systems is needed. 75 Fed. Reg. 1070-71.

Currently, no certification or qualification standard exists under Federal law for blocking, bracing, or for the use of strapping systems for securing cargo. Under current federal regulation, cargo, including hazardous materials, transported above-ground (either in vehicles, rail, or on vessels) must be secured to prevent shifting of the cargo or damage to the container during transport. 49 CFR Part 176.76. However, the specific method by which the cargo is secured is unregulated. Oftentimes, flexible strapping is used even though it may not always properly secure cargo in transit. The USCG solicits comments while considering whether to implement a standardized certification or approval process for cargo securing systems.

Redback Industries specializes in Woven Polyester cord straps and Composite Cord Strapping Systems which are superior to and safer than steel banding.  Redback strapping is ideal for securing heavy loads, bundled loads and irregular shaped objects. With the cost of steel banding continuing to rise there is no better time to convert to textile banding.

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

Published in Federal Regulations

From the forest to the construction site lumber must be transported and shipped multiple times. It is imperative that you keep your lumber safe, secure and damage free from traveling on trucks and rail cars. Redback Industries offers heavy duty woven polyester strapping used in the North American lumber industries. Corded polyester strapping is a safe and economical alternative to steel strapping.

When looking for an affordable strapping solution that safeguards employees against serious injuries and protects lumber from costly product damage consider woven strapping.  Woven polyester strapping maintains tension over time and can absorb impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding or damage valuable product. It is light, flexible and contains no sharp edges, so it is easy to handle and dispose. Fastening is accomplished using a simple, economical tool and a high joint efficiency phosphated buckle.

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

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The Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners authorized an $11 million rail construction project recently. Combined with the recently completed first phase rail project, the Port of Grays Harbor is adding more than 36,000 feet of rail capacity in the marine complex to accommodate growing automobile and grain export volumes.

This rural port district on Washington State’s Pacific Coast is demonstrating how their unique transportation links between American producers and growing international markets can stimulate the economy. With export shipping volumes up 85% over 2009 volumes, the Port of Grays Harbor is making strategic investments in rail and marine capacity to ensure their position in global shipping markets.

Although forest products comprise an important part of the Port of Grays Harbor cargo mix, other products like dry agricultural products and automobiles are now the volume leaders through this Pacific Coast port.

Grays Harbor is served by the only active rail system to the coast in Oregon and Washington. Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts. The Port operates four deepwater marine terminals and hundreds of acres of marine industrial property.

Redback Industries specializes in cargo lashing which stays tight during transit and is ideal for securing heavy loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers. Redback Industries provides composite strapping, woven polyester strapping and cargo lashing for cargo securement. For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com.

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