Safety Thursday: Load Securement

soeThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program is designed to improve large truck and bus safety in order to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities associated with commercial motor vehicles.

The CSA program carries severe penalties for cargo securement under the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). While load securement violations may seem simple to identify, they are not as easy to spot as some drivers expect. soe2

Per the CSA program, proper load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement keeps a close eye on load securement, but also, the public is vulnerable to road hazards from improper securement.

Areas to pay special attention to are:

393.104 (f) (3) Loose/unfastened tiedown

392.9 (a) (2) Failing to secure vehicle equipment

393.110 (b) Insufficient tiedowns; without headerboard/blocking

393.104 (b) Damaged securement system/tiedowns

Operators should fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the Federal Motor Safety Regulations.


Landstar offers securement training in the classroom and as an online 20160428_102644course. Contact Pete Hitzemann, Laurie Tobias or Lynn Hooper for additional information at 817-685-6253.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday July 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST by calling 877-717-5921.