Cargo securing

Safe transport with correctly secured cargo

The importance of securing cargo is still being underestimated in the Netherlands – even though in 2018, more than 1500 accidents involving trucks were caused by cargo not being secured properly. Correctly securing your cargo is therefore an essential part of safe transport. Incorrectly secured cargo can not only result in damage to the vehicle or the load but can also put yourself and other road users in danger.

When you brake at 50 km per hour, cargo that weighs 10 kilos can shoot forwards with a force of 120 kilos. That is why it is important to secure your load correctly. A carrier should secure 80% of the cargo he is carrying at the front and 50% at the side. The requirements for securing cargo differ from country to country. Because of that, the EU has produced a manual based on which we have drawn up a cargo securing checklist. For more information, please contact our specialist Niels Bouwmeester.

“70% of the loads transported by road are secured incorrectly. Most cases involve people using lashing straps incorrectly or overloading fixing points.”

Niels Bouwmeester – cargo securing specialist

Consequences of poor cargo securing

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A quarter of all the accidents involving trucks are caused by cargo being secured incorrectly and shed loads. Then there are all the consequences of those accidents.

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Long tailbacks

A shed load causes long tailbacks, delayed delivery and irritation for road users and the customer.

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Material damage

Damage to the load or the vehicle or even the vehicle being declared a total loss and salvage operations.

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Bad image

Negative publicity and dissatisfied customers: a shed load is the last thing that you want for your company image.

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High insurance

Damage to a vehicle will lead to the insurer charging a higher premium or increasing the excess.

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Chance of fines

The fine for not securing cargo on a vehicle properly or at all can be as much as € 2200.00.

Cargo securing checklist

1. What type of load are you going to be transporting and what does it weigh?

2. Is the vehicle of the correct type for the load to be transported?

3. Can form-fit loading and securing be carried out?

4. Have the right certificates (EN 12642 L/XL) been issued for the vehicle body?

5. Are sufficient certified load securing aids such as lashing straps, lashing points and anti-slip mats present?

6. Is the floor of the vehicle clean?

7. If there is any sand, mud, ice or grease on the floor, this will have a detrimental effect on the frictional force.

8. Use of anti-slip mats. Applying friction material in the form of an anti-slip mat will increase the frictional force.

“If the load on our truck starts to slip, dangerous situations can arise. The laws and legislation on cargo securing are also becoming increasingly strict. That is why all our new semi-trailers are fitted with the Multisave load restraint system. This enables us to secure loads correctly using fewer lashing straps.

Jos Otten – MCB

More information about cargo securing?


Our cargo securing specialist will be happy to help you find the right product, provide you with technical advice or help you come up with a suitable solution. For more information, contact Niels Bouwmeester or fill in our contact form.

Niels Bouwmeester

Niels Bouwmeester

Specialist Cargo Securing

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