Chances are if you’re reading this, you have some cargo to load. Loading cargo can be a difficult process and can lead to problems if done wrong. For an easy and hassle free production, it’s important to load cargo correctly.
What is your cargo going on? Plane? Car? Van? Trailer?
It’s important to know how you’ll be transporting the cargo, as every mode of transport has their own way of doing things. Loading cargo correctly on to your chosen vehicle is the most important part of travelling when distributing items. Doing this wrong, could lead to damaged products and a knock on your reputation if your loadings are for business purposes.
When you have determine the best vehicle for transportation, it’s important to make sure the bodywork of the loading platform is clean. Gritty surfaces can damage boxes and containers as well as not allowing the cargo to rest on a flat surface.
You need to determine how to get the cargo into the place it will be stored until you get to where you’re going. Is the cargo too heavy to lift? Do you need machinery or smaller vehicles to help you?
If you are lifting the cargo be sure to do the correct way. Only lift what you can manage. Keep any boxes close to your body and stand with your feet apart, don’t bent your back or twist when lifting whatever it is you’re carrying.
If the cargo is too heavy to lift or is unimaginably able to be lifted, then you should determine the optimal loading method to suit your cargo. Machinery or forklifts, or any other way you have on hand that would work safely.
You need to secure the cargo once you have loaded it. There are many methods to do this, including headboards, curtains, blocking, direct lashings, over the lashings and combinations of all of these. The way you secure your cargo depends on the cargo itself, you have to determine what kind of secures your cargo can stand and if you feel confident in using them. The amount of lashings or other secures you use is again up to you to determine, but it I important to add this up so you don’t end up with cargo going on the road not secured.
Another way to secure cargo, but one that should be used with the above mentioned fixtures, is anti-slip mats. These are really helpful, especially if your surface is quite a slippy, open space. Placing these on the floor before the cargo, will stop them moving too much during transport. It’s up to you how many to use.
Using this as a brief guide should help get you on your way, safely and securely.