Load security

The principles of load security apply not only to conventional goods vehicles, but also to recovery and disabled vehicles. For example, scrap cars are particularly notorious for parts falling from them, or whole vehicles parting from the spectacle lifts, so measures to reduce this risk should always be an important consideration.

A load is deemed to be insecure if, in legislation terms, it can be said to be “likely to cause danger or nuisance to any person”, or more seriously “is such that it involves a danger of injury to any person”.

Load securing is achieved by using the load securing system. This consists of one or

more of:

The vehicle structure Intermediate bulkheads, chocks, wells,blocking, dunnage etc

Lashings or similar systems

The weight of the load alone is not enough to prevent movement. Heavy loads can and do move under normal driving conditions.

When trying to determine whether or not a load is sufficiently restrained drivers should ask themselves the following questions:

Can the load slide or topple off the side?

Can the load slide or topple forward or back?

Is the load unstable?

Is load securing equipment in poor condition?

Is there anything loose that might fall off?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then immediate steps should be taken to rectify the problem.

The load does not necessarily have to have already moved for it to present a likely risk of harm or nuisance as defined under the Regulations. If it has already moved however, then the securing system is obviously inadequate.

Further information on safe loading can be obtained via the following link below:

Legsislation excerpt from VOSA guide for recovery operations
SMASHWRAP Recovery legislation Contact