Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly

Regupol® Anti-Slip Mats for load securing

When goods are being transported, acceleration and braking together with lateral centrifugal force or vibration generate forces approaching the actual weight of the load. As a result, the load can slip and cause severe damage to property as well as accidents with casualties.

For example, the load can break through the front wall of a truck and cause severe injury to the driver. Dangers are also involved in unloading loads which have slipped. Frequently the load also falls from the vehicle and causes a hazard to other road users. Incorrectly load securing is often also damaged themselves. In Germany alone, this results in load securing damages amounting to several hundred million euros a year. Incorrectly load securing is estimated to cause approx. 20% of all accidents in heavy goods traffic.

Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly

Important information

Article 22 (1) German Road Traffic Regulations

The equipment for the load securing and loading devices are to be stowed and secured so that they cannot slide, fall over, roll backwards, fall down or cause avoidable noise even dur-ing emergency braking or sudden evasive action, in compliance with state-of-the-art technology.

Article 23 German Road Traffic Regulations

The vehicles's driver is responsible for ensuring that his vision is not impaired […] by the […] load, equipment or condition of the vehicle. He must ensure that the vehicle, train or towing combination and the load securing are in full compliance with the regulations and that the load does not jeopardise the vehicle's roadworthiness.

Article 31 (2) German Road Traffic Regulations

The owner must not order or permit the vehicle to be used if he knows or must know that the load securing is not correct or that the roadworthiness of the vehicle is jeopardised by the load or occupancy.

An entrepreneur is therefore already in violation of the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations by failing to use a vehicle with the necessary equipment for adequately load securing.

Article 412 (1) German Civil Code

Unless indicated otherwise by circumstances or traffic customs, the consignor shall load, stow, fasten and unload the goods in a manner safe for transport. The haulage contractor shall ensure that the load securing is safe for operations.

Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly
Consequences of Securing Cargo Incorrectly