It has been estimated that up to 25% of accidents involving trucks can be attributed to inadequate cargo securing.
Since 2002, European member states have taken practical steps towards improved road safety by developing guidelines and rules for cargo securing. However, the problem remains due to a lack of both knowledge and solutions.
SERCO, which specialises in the design and manufacturing of insulated and dry freight fibreglass truck bodies and trailers that are relied upon by Southern Africa’s leading transporters and long distance haulers to carry everything from frozen ice-cream to day-old chicks, has drawn on its in-house design capabilities and extensive experience in this area to produce a unique strapping system to secure pallets, trolleys and general cargo in new trailers delivered to Shoprite.
Managing director Clinton Holcroft said Shoprite approached Serco for a solution to the challenge of securing mix loads of trolleys and pallets. “We proposed the strapping system which was demonstrated and has been rolled out for trial on approximately 25 trailers. Initial indications are that it is proving to be effective in comparison to the traditional shoring bars.”
The straps are semi permanently fixed in position with bolts using an Allen key at predefined positions to eliminate removal and the incorrect positioning of securing points. This system prevents roll-tainers and pallets from moving during transit thereby reducing damage to the inside of vehicles and to the cargo itself.
The straps, which can be fitted to existing vehicles, are stowed on the cargo track when not in use to ensure they do not hamper loading and offloading operations.
Holcroft said a simple visual instruction sheet is also fitted inside the body to provide guidance for operators.