Northwest and their drivers must ensure that all cargo transported is contained, immobilized or secured in accordance with National Safety Code Standard 10. The following are some general guidelines for ensuring cargo is secured in a safe manner. Generally, cargo transported on a commercial vehicle must not:
● leak, spill, blow off, fall from, fall through or otherwise dislodge from the commercial vehicle
● shift upon or within the commercial vehicle to such an extent that the commercial vehicle’s stability
● adversely affect maneuverability
Drivers must inspect the cargo and its securing devices at multiple points throughout the day including during Pre Trip Inspections, and Loading and Unloading. Drivers must re-inspect cargo when any one of the following occurs:
● within the first 80 kilometers after beginning a trip
● change of duty status (e.g. from “driving” to “on-duty not driving”)
● after driving for 3 hours
● after driving 240 kilometers
An employee or driver will not use any vehicle to transport goods unless:
● the vehicle is constructed to carry the goods
● there is equipment on the vehicle, or attached to the vehicle, capable of securing the goods to the vehicle to prevent the load from shifting, swaying, blowing off, falling off, leaking or otherwise escaping.
Drivers are not permitted to transport any cargo unless it is properly secured.
Bungee cords to affix cargo such as shovels, brooms, chock blocks, etc. to tractors or trailers is not permitted per NSC regulations. Additional cargo must be secured with the use of ratchet straps.