Broken dunnage hauling coils?

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  1. RedRover

    RedRover Road Train Member

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    Picked up some aluminum coils in Texarkana. Short trip to Memphis delivering in the morning. Stopped and did a load check, cranked down a bit more and carried on down the road. About 20 minutes later I heard a loud snap, sounded like a broken bone. Pulled my ### over to check on the load and the dunnage on a 12k coil in the back of a set of 3 coils snapped right in half. Chains held it, though the back chain was extremely loose. Coil is currently sitting on the deck.

    so a few questions…

    1. The load is tarped. Crank that down and play stupid when I get to the customer in the morning?

    2. Did I just buy 12,000 lb of aluminum?

    3. has anyone ever had good oak 4x4 snap in half under so little stress?

    4. Do I need to call a crane to lift that crap up and fix it or should I just revert to 1?
     
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  3. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    Coil racks too far apart??
     
  4. Iamoverit

    Iamoverit Medium Load Member

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    Usually even the slightest dent on an aluminum coil turns into a damage claim.
     
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  5. RedRover

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    probably so. That or just a knot in the dunnage. Was literally brand new oak 4x4x8.

    mostly just concerned about the cost of the coil and/or a crane in a rain storm in Arkansas now.
     
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  7. RedRover

    RedRover Road Train Member

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    Yea I will get out there and take some in the morning when it’s not raining. Or when I’m pulling a tarp off of it for a crane to lift it and fix the dunnage situation.

    disappointing I know. Lol
     
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    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Brand new just means you havent found its weak bits :p

    Which rack style do you have? (See pic)

    Also, for the racks, any rack placed on the outside of the coils edge is doing more damage than good.

    For a 2 rack setup , always distribute them as close as possible 1/4 of the coils width in from their edges, this gives the most even weight distribition and even if your dunnage breaks, theres no way for the coil to fall down to the deck (see lower part of drawing)


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  9. RedRover

    RedRover Road Train Member

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    A. And closer to no than yes. Interesting and I’m guessing probably expensive lesson. A lesson to be dealt with tomorrow, but a lesson none the less. Still planning on playing stupid at the receiver though. “Oh no how did that happen…” or just not say anything at all…

    could get lucky. I once hauled some eye to the sky coils on skids to California and the fork driver put a fork through the side of one of the coils and immediately signed the paperwork and said I won’t say anything if you won’t. Not my coils buddy set them on fire for all I care.
     
  10. Iamoverit

    Iamoverit Medium Load Member

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    Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes places actively look for damge so they can profit from it. They get reimbursed for the damged coil then turn around and sell it off as scrap or unroll it until the damge is no longer seen then used what's left.
     
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  11. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I’ve never dealt with coils, but I can tell you that where I work, the guys will unload $80,000 transformers all day long and not check a single one for damage or even verify they are the right item before signing for them. If that makes you feel any better.
     
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