Is it legal to haul lumber boards unsecured in a dry van?

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  1. Bobtail Bobby

    Bobtail Bobby Bobtail Member

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    I have been doing flatbed for close to two years and I couldn't believe what I saw at a lumber mill the other day. I watched a dry van trailer get packed with boards by two fork lifts. One forklift brought a load of boards around to the trailer and set one end of the boards on the trailer. The other fork lift then picked up the end of the boards that was not on the trailer and pushed the load into the trailer. Once they got to the last two loads of boards it was too heavy for one forklift to push alone. So one forklift got behind the other and they both pushed the load in. I watched the truck driver shut the doors on the trailer and drive away without securing the load in anyway. I then got loaded with the same boards and had to spend over an hour securing and tarping. I asked one of the forklift drivers if they loaded a lot of van trailers like that and he said that they do it all the time. WTF!?! Is that legal?
     

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  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    That's got to be a serious pain to unload.
     
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  4. Roberts450

    Roberts450 Road Train Member

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    Anything is legal tell you’re caught.
     
  5. Calregon

    Calregon Light Load Member

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    Kinda like loading a boxcar I guess.
     
  6. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    It’s legal to load that material in a dry van or reefer trailer, but what’s not safe is not using straps or load locks for the last pallet. Also, depending on the height of the pallet and the space between the pallet and the trailer wall, you may need to insert an air bag to prevent the pallet from tilting.

    I’ve had several receivers that did not have docks, and they would use a chain or rope to pull the pallets to the rear of the trailer.
     
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  7. Roberts450

    Roberts450 Road Train Member

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    He’s not talking about pallets of product. He is talking about units of lumber. Hard to tell in his picture but Im guessing they’re 2x6’s or 2x8’s. He would have to clarify but Im guessing they shoved anywhere from 8 to 12 units in there.
     
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  8. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    I loaded lots of containers like that. Fact is, my brakes, combined with the crappy chassis brakes, wouldn't hold the pushing and I had to block the wheels. I put a little sand on the floor so the bundles would slide easier. They were banded together. That was a steel container, and not sure how you'd secure them anyway, they were tight agin the walls. I don't think they would go anywhere. I never had a problem, and yeah, I'd hate to unload it.
     
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  9. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    i picked up 5,200 ferns hand stacked in homestead once. them mexicans had that trailer loaded in 4 hours
     
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  10. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    here at wm. our gm freight is floor stacked. like 2,500 pieces. they have 2.5 hours to unload the trailer.
     
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  11. BUMBACLADWAR

    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

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    It Appears they were "Floor loaded" . No pallet underneath? Appears they were metal banded together at least.Would " venture to say" . ,its still an "Unsecured Load Ticket" waiting to happen. Without a few straps by the doors,metal bands could bust and heavy missile of boards bust thru the back doors in an accident? JMO
     
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