No one wants to face the dangers or problems of unsecured cargo. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these accidents. Ratchet straps are the best option to keep any type of freight secure during transport. That is what they were designed to do. However, they will suffer from wear and tear over time. In order to be sure the straps do their job properly, be aware of some factors that could compromise their performance. Inspecting the straps and the transport vehicle or trailer before each use will improve and enhance a safety.
Ratchet straps come in two designs: endless and with hooks. Each requires the user to inset one end of the strap through the ratchet. It is important to test the strap to ensure that it was inserted properly into the ratchet. Misfeeding into a ratchet can cause the straps to come apart or jam. If the ratchet jams, the strap may have to be cut, making the strap unusable. Another important precaution when using ratchet straps with hooks is to be sure they are hooked to permanently affixed anchors on the truck or trailer. Failing to hook them to a secure object will cause the cargo to break loose during transport.
If the webbing of the ratchet straps looks like it has excessive wear, it is best to retire them. Any weak spot in the material will most likely tear and break apart, not a good situation for any type of cargo being shipped. The hardware should also be inspected regularly. If it looks worn or faulty in any way, avoid using them.
Ratchet straps were designed to make shipping freight safer and easier. Sometimes we take their ease of use for granted which can cause harm to both the items being shipped and the people handling them. Neglecting to check the equipment and the transport vehicle before each use can lead to a dangerous situation.