One of these things is not like the others….

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  1. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Light Load Member

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    after about 1100 miles this happened. The manufacturer uses a nylon band in the front and back to secure the transformer to the pallet. The front band failed on this transformer which almost led to 550 lbs of transformer escaping off the back of the load and potentially killing someone behind us.


    We got it secured for the last 100 miles.
     
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  3. The one california kid

    The one california kid Medium Load Member

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    Good heads up! I know it's s thank-less job, but THANK YOU for caring about the safety of the general crazy public motorists, and me! (If you see me out there, which is rarely)
     
  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    This is a TERRIFIC EXAMPLE...for others....of what to potentially expect....when doing flatbed duty.

    GREAT SAVE there....:thumbup:

    -- L
     
  5. FLHT

    FLHT Road Train Member

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    One would think that their should be a better way for the shipper to secure their product.
    They used to lag screw them to the boards and the screws would split the wood.
    Looks as if they found another cost saving Best Practice adding share holder value.
     
  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    My drivers would not be allowed to have that load on their truck without running another strap over the row. I am surprised that nylon strapping is even allowed as a primary means of tying it down on the pallet.
     
  7. broke down plumber

    broke down plumber Medium Load Member

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    Sure seems like a cheap securement for what i would think is a relativity expensive piece of hardware .
     
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  8. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    I HATE when that happens....
     
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    It shouldn’t be for flatbed freight, IMHO.
     
  10. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Light Load Member

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    IMHO the blocking is insufficient as well , maybe Thicker boards like 2x4s
     
  11. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    2x4s and real screws would do the trick, nails and pallet top wood is just not quite enough.

    Better places use a stronger strap and better blocking, or have tabs to lag to pallet, cant strap over top of them.

    1, would tip outside edges towards center loosening strap completely creating 0 securement
    2, anything that messes with the integrity of the transformer top would result in exploding transformers when put in service
     
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