Load Restraints: Load Restraint Systems

A proper load restraint system is one of the most important aspects of road safety while transporting heavy goods. Without proper load restraint systems, other drivers and pedestrians are at risk of serious injury.

It is an offence in Australia to carry a heavy load without a certified, secured load restraint in place.

There is a lot of information on the subject, but all official government advice centres around the five, general principles of load restraint. These principles are legally enforced and anyone found not abiding by them faces prosecution.

Load Restraints

The five general principles of load restraint systems are:

  • Driving a suitable vehicle. The vehicle you use to carry the load should have the sufficient weight capacity to avoid accidents and injuries.
  • Load position. All loads should be correctly positioned within any moving vehicle or machine to prevent the load tipping, falling and causing an accident. Different heavy goods should be stored and positioned in different ways – if in doubt, consult one of our All About Lifting & Safety experts.
  • Use a good load restraint. You are also required to use a suitable physical restraint to keep the load in place while moving it. The specific load restraint you should use depends on what you’re transporting.
  • Drive with consideration. While carrying any heavy load, to ensure the load restraint system works, you should drive slowly and carefully. Reckless driving could threaten the load restraint system and cause an accident.

At All About Lifting & Safety, we have over 80 years combined experience in heavy lifting equipment, transport and maintenance. Our experts are waiting to advise you of safe, efficient and high-quality load restraint systems that will keep your equipment and others out of harm’s way.

Not using an appropriate load restraint system could cause harm to others and could mean legal trouble for you. We have the knowledge and skills to make sure that you can move your heavy loads stress-free, so give us a call today.

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