It’s that time of year again!
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has scheduled its annual blitz for June 6-8. There will be nearly 17 Level I inspections every minute across the United States, Canada and Mexico this year.
In 2015, the most common problem drivers faced was failure to prevent shifting/loss of load.
Last year, 18.5% of out-of-service violations was due to tire and wheel infractions.
This year they are paying special attention to cargo securement. Inspectors are looking to make sure the proper amount of securement is being used on a load.
"One of the tricky parts of load securement is determining the correct number and type of tie-downs. One of the most common questions Kinedyne gets from drivers is the difference between the working load limit, aggregate working load limit, and breaking strength." - Deborah Lockridge, from Truckinginfo
6 Things Inspectors are looking for this week:
- Inspectors are checking to ensure product is pushed to the front of the trailer and if not that it has proper straps.
- Also, making sure the condition of the straps is up to standard. This includes making sure they are not overly worn and free of nicks or cuts.
- And depending on the load, confirming there’s edge protection to ensure straps won’t be cut by the load.
The inspector will also be looking to see if the cargo is braced and blocked properly and making sure the tie-downs are not loose.
- They will be verifying the truck equipment was secured properly. Is the spare tire secure? Is the blocking and bracing material on them tied down and secured correctly?
- Another violation not related to your tie-downs, is leaking/spilling/blowing/falling cargo.
- If there is dirt, gravel, loose debris, even a few pebbles on the deck, they consider that loose or blowing cargo. If they find any debris, that will result in a ticket.
Good luck on the roads next week and stay safe!