Table of Contents
GENERAL CARGO SECUREMENT REQUIREMENTS
- The fundamentals of cargo securement
- The securement system and it's components
- Containing, immobilizing, and securing cargo
- Inspection requirements
COMMODITY-SPECIFIC SECUREMENT REQUIREMENTS
- Dressed lumber and similar building materials
- Metal coils
- Paper rolls
- Concrete pipes
- Intermodal containers
- Automobiles, light trucks, and vans
- Heavy vehicles, equipment, and machinery
- Flattened or crushed vehicles
- Roll-on/roll-off and hook-lift containers
- Square bales of hay
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- U.S. FMCSA Cargo Securement Enforcement Policy
- CVSA North American standard vehicle out-of-service criteria: cargo securement
- Cargo securement regulations
- U.S. manufacturing standards
- Default working load limits and unmarked tiedowns
- Tiedown quick reference
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Canadian rule changes: Canada has adopted four changes to its cargo securement standards, although enforcement may be delayed until 2014. The changes are as follows: (1) For a friction mat to be considered part of a cargo securement system, it has to be marked by the manufacturer with its maximum usable friction resistance (in g’s). (2) The definition of “light vehicle” was clarified to exclude light equipment and special-purpose vehicles like lawnmowers and golf carts. The new definition says light vehicles only include cars, trucks, and vans that weigh 4,500 kilograms or less. (3) The rules for securing metal coils were amended to address the securement of rows of metal coils with eyes crosswise. The revised standard allows for the use of fewer tiedowns on intermediate coils that are blocked against movement. (4) The rules for securing intermodal containers on container chassis continue to state that integral locking devices have to restrain each lower corner of the container but no longer specify how much movement is allowed.
Heavy vehicle/equipment securement: According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, tiedowns used to secure auxiliary equipment (such as hydraulic shovels, booms, plows, crane arms, etc.) can now be included in the calculation of the aggregate working load limit.
Metal coil securement: A U.S. exemption that was granted in 2011 concerning securement of metal coils grouped in rows with eyes crosswise was extended for an additional two years beginning June 11, 2013.
The above changes will be included in the next printing of the Cargo Securement Handbook.