The Internal Lashing Strap Myth…

There is a common misunderstanding that internal lashing straps (the black strap) is adequate to secure all types of loads on the back of a vehicle. Here is what the DVSA guidance says about light and heavy loads:

Light Goods

You can secure goods or unstacked pallets that weigh less than 400kg per item:

  • Using buckle straps that hang from the roof of the body structure

  • With inner curtains – see light palletised goods

Treat goods and pallets over 400kg – and stacked pallets if the combined weight of the stack is more than 400kg – as heavy goods.

Heavy goods

Secure heavy goods that weigh more than 400kg per item or pallet with:

  • Lashing

  • Load-rated nets

  • Tarpaulins with integral straps

Whatever method you use, it must be able to restrain half the weight of the load to the side and rear, and the full weight forward. This is the minimum standard for normal road driving.

We would also recommend that if you use side nets or tarpaulins then also use an additional ratchet strap over each row of pallets as the side nets provide no restraint to forward movement. The objective is to make sure the load can’t slide topple or fall.

Non-Compliant vs Compliant Load

EN 12642 XL

Our take on EN-XL trailers (as they are often referred to) is that they have their place for a very specific application and quite simply that is – FULL LOADS. It’s a specific type of load too, a positive fit load. Take a look at the DVSA guidance for more information.

There are many situations where an EN – XL trailer DOES NOT offer suitable load restraint, the main ones to consider are:

  • Short loads

  • Uneven loads and gaps between the goods

  • Double and single stacked pallets

If the load can slide, topple or fall – it will require an additional form of restraint.

Policy Development & Training

Once we have analysed your load security we can develop a policy for your load security. This can be for board-level ratification and delivery by your team of staff or alternatively we can assist you with maintaining compliance across your business.

Freight Securing Systems can help you develop your Training program and supporting materials such as Safe Working Practise documents so that every driver and operator of the load restraint system can be fully trained and knowledgeable in the importance of good load restraint practices.

Compliance Management

We are able to provide full training that includes:

  • On site training delivery with full documentation

  • Train the trainer sessions

  • Training documents with graphically designed safe operating procedures and sign off

  • Training videos for induction purposes for agency drivers and new members of staff

  • Refresher training covering the above areas and any new loads being encountered

  • Depot spot checks to see that loads are being secured in accordance with policy