Time to Discuss Cargo Securement

A trucker safely secures his cargo before dispatching

In the hustle and bustle of daily operations, it can be difficult to remind your operations team of every possible risk your fleet is facing. However, when was the last time you discussed cargo securement? Better yet, have you analyzed your Safety Measurement System (SMS) results and recent cargo-related claims to look for loss trends? There could be leading and lagging indicators present that speak to performance issues and preventable losses.

Regardless of whether red flags are present, every day is a good day to discuss cargo securement with your team. Below are some talking points to consider when discussing best practices with your drivers. Additionally, try completing the ‘Call to Action’ items below.

If you are looking for additional training resources, Great West insureds receive a 10% discount with JJ Keller on cargo securement products such as the two shown below. Also, Great West’s Learning Library includes videos on this topic. For additional information, contact your Risk Control Services representative.


Ensure that drivers and load planners are familiar with the associated laws and regulations pertaining to commodity and vehicle weight, including a truck’s unladed axle weight. This includes checking the bridge laws in each state/ province. Great West insureds can also order a discounted copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations on the portal.


Calculating the weight on the trailer’s axles is a much a science as it is an art. Consider the 60/40 rule—that 60 percent of the weight is distributed evenly on the front half of the trailer — as a starting point and go from there.


Securing cargo on flatbed trailers requires a lot of pre-planning. Be sure drivers are well versed in various tie-down options, tarping, and techniques to limit the driver’s exposure to slips, trips, and falls.


The goal of blocking and bracing your cargo is to keep the goods from shifting length-wise, front to back. Train drivers how to pick the best option.

Cargo securement handbook for drivers     Cargo securement for flatbeds

Call to Action

  • Conduct cargo securement training with all drivers.
  • Monitor SMS for preventable cargo securement violations and take corrective action.
  • Instruct drivers to check cargo securement before each trip.

The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your safety representative, or click below to find an agent. 

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