Trailers are frequently used by IMT’s commercial policyholders. Both enclosed and open, trailers are used to transport tools and equipment from job site to job site. The most common causes of trailer accidents include lack of experience, speeding, high winds, overloading and exceeding weight ratings, poorly miscalculated turns, and miscalculated stopping distances. Pulling a trailer safely requires a special set of skills and procedures. Before a trailer is put into use, a pre-departure checklist should be followed. Some items to check include the following:
According to trailersafetyweek.com, shifting of cargo is one of the most common hazards that contributes to accidents and/or damage to vehicles, trailers and equipment. When cargo shifts, it results in trailer sway or additional stress on the trailer. This can cause cargo to become loose on the roadway, which can create a danger for other drivers. To ensure safe operation when pulling a trailer, the cargo must be properly secured. This can be achieved by the following:
Remember, an enclosed trailer may not be sufficient for securing the load so additional securement is likely necessary to prevent shifting during transit. A good rule of thumb is one tie-down is used for every ten feet of cargo with a minimum of two tie-downs to secure any piece of cargo regardless of length.
According to the NHTSA, when parking a trailer, the following is recommended to ensure safety:
If you or any of your policyholders have any questions regarding trailer safety or would like to request a visit from an IMT Loss Control Representative, please feel free to contact the Loss Control Department.
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