Steel beam loads killing lots of drivers, any advice?

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  1. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    It starts with the loading. Just like lumber can walk out the center, sometimes beams will also.
     
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I’d imagine dunnage made of pine can cause some problems too.
     
  4. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    Definitely. Proper dunnage in the right places makes all the difference. It all starts with proper loading :)
     
  5. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Thats a sampling bias, while theres no cure for poor driving or crummy securement, if you search for accidents of any type of load you haul, youll find dozens of them.

    Hell, # 1 killer in the home is stairs if i remember correctly, doesnt mean im going to rope off the stairs or remove em from my house. Dont be an idiot and things are fine most of the time.
     
  6. ChevyCam

    ChevyCam Light Load Member

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    I was always taught to drive the load, proper securement checks and maintain a safe following distance. Other than that I chain them down and ride. Longer beams may require stacked dunnage to help with the arch of the trailer. Usually the loader will instruct you on proper places to put the dunnage. Good luck.
     
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  7. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    A key phrase, rule and tool.
    “Stop it before it starts”
    Some loads will take every tool available to secure.
    Bulkhead, cross chain, choke, what ever it takes to keep it on the trailer.
     
  8. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    Just remember to Duck if you slam on the brakes …
     
  9. Long FLD

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    Don’t get lazy with you’re securement. Most of the people have touched on the main things. Depending on what you’re getting I’d out down 6 to 8 pieces of dunnage and strap close to it. I’ll prob get cursed for this, but, we hauled lots of steel beams and tubes at 105k gross in the mountains and we did it all with straps. We didn’t carry chains and binders. Anything can be hauled safely just don’t forget what’s behind you.
     
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