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The purpose of this section is to visually demonstrate how to properly load and secure flatbed loads common to Nick Strimbu Inc. This overview is not a replacement for commercially available DOT or CVSA documents, but rather a visual reference of the application of DOT regulations.
Rules to live by
Never exceed the working load limit of the tiedown
In order for an article to be tied down properly, the article must have at least 50% of its weight in tie downs
To secure a 28,000 lb article: ½ of 28,000= 14,000, with tie downs rated at 5,000 each, 3 tie downs are required
Articles weighing more than 1,100 lbs require 2 tie downs
A stack is considered an article
Articles of 5 feet (60 inches) or longer require 2 tie downs
An article must have 2 tiedowns within the first 10 ft and an additional tie down for every additional 10 ft. or fraction thereof
Example: 10ft 1in long article would require 3 tiedowns, 2 for the first 10 ft and 1 for the additional 1in
Belly straps do not count towards load securement for length
Always use edge protection
If a securement device is worn or damaged, replace it immediately
Damaged belly straps can place you OOS
Never Use Defective Straps, Winches, Chains or Binders
Inspect tie downs within the first 50 miles of loading, every 150 miles thereafter, and every change of duty
Ensure chains are not twisted; they can loosen during the trip
Inspect chains, binders and straps for damage daily
Use of damaged equipment can lead to insecure loads and violates DOT regulations.
Out of Service Chain Links
Synthetic Web Straps
Cuts and holes at different locations across the width are additive for the length of the strap.
A 4 inch strap is Out Of Service if the total defect size exceeds ¾ inch.
A 2 inch strap is Out Of Service if the total defect size exceeds ⅜ inch.
Sheet & Plate
Pipe, Billet, and Bar
Be aware that rough cut lumber may be longer than marked. This bundle was marked 10 ft and measured 11 ft 3 in. creating an OOS condition.
Improper Use of
Training for the Garmin dēzl™ 780 LMT-S
At its core, the Garmin dēzl™ is a GPS Unit the same as you all know. Whether it’s Google Maps, Waze, Rand McNally, or PeopleNet, the purpose of them is to get you where you need to go in the most efficient way possible. No matter which unit we choose, none of them will be perfect. With that said, the Garmin dēzl™ 780 LMT-S is one of the most highly rated and dependable units we found through our testing. We do still recommend that any and all drivers double check everything. It doesn’t make sense to check your load 3 times but not make sure that where you’re going is the correct place. You have tools like Atlases, Google Maps, and Google StreetView to your disposal: Use them.
This section will contain useful information on how to customize the navigation and user experience of the device. This includes everything from your wallpaper to individual road types and other routes to avoid using.