When it comes to construction and handling, it is easy to overlook “the little guys”: The mechanisms that bring everything together; The gadgets that make for light work.
The right phrase: Load restraint systems. And they’re more important than you realize.
The load restrain systems industry is luckily saturated with options. There’s a solution to almost any lifting or handling problem that you might face.
In this comprehensive guide you will learn everything there’s to know about these systems and the best way to go about sourcing some for your job.
But why is it so important to stay up to date with industry news?
It’s easy to fall victim to cheap knockoffs and when it comes to load restraint systems this is risky business. Quality and performance of products are key. Getting informed about these systems is the surest way to a safer and more efficient workplace.
Here’s what you need to know.
Load restraint systems come in an array of shapes, materials and functions. Depending on the nature of your load you may need one or more of these devices to keep things in place.
We mention where you’ll use each type so you can quickly gauge which is your ideal solution.
Ratchets are metal levers of different sizes and strengths. A strap is usually fed through these devices and cranked into place via the ratchet.
Ratchets also lock and unlock, which makes them reliable devices when attempting to restrain a load. These are ideal for cargo restraint as the ratchets themselves are heavy duty and can handle such loads.
Some pool covers also make use of ratchet and strap systems to hold the net or sheet over the water.
Steel hooks are commonly seen when it comes to any kind of load restraint. Hooks allows for a wider variety of loads to be managed as they offer an alternative mode of connection.
Hooking something before restraining it gives the user more options for getting the load to and from the desired destination. They can also be used in conjunction with pulley or crane systems for much heavier load bearing.
Tie down straps are the most frequently used forms of load restraint when it comes to factory work and construction. They’re the most versatile and easy to use especially when loads are only going short distances.
These forms of restraint are found on sites or in factories, but they’re also commonly used as truck tie downs. These are absolutely imperative when it comes to hosting any kind of load on a truck.
Another popular form of restraint, chains are slightly more durable than straps when it comes to the transportation of certain loads. The beneficial feature is the variety of thickness options you have. There will be one perfectly suited to your load bearing need.
Where Are They Used?
Not sure if this is what your project needs?
Load restraint systems are necessary whenever there’s a load of significant proportion that needs to be held in place or transported. Very often this occurs in big business or commercial use.
However, there are also occasions where load restraint systems become necessary for more personal affairs:
- If you’re going camping, for example, you might make use of tie down straps or cargo restraints to hold your gear to the roof of your car.
- Boat owners also make frequent use of ratchet and strap systems both on & off the water. Vessels need to be tightly tied down when not in use, particularly during times of intense weather patterns.
- When moving house, commercially used restraint systems can come in handy to keep your prized possessions in place while inside the moving van.
The opportunities for use are vast. But take note: As they’re used where other people are involved it’s so important that they’re of sound quality—Safety first always!
How do you get it right?
Load restraint systems are there to ensure the safety of both the object being restrained and the individuals who find themselves in the vicinity of the object. But without these guidelines your people and assets won’t stay safe:
- Be fully informed when it comes to load restraint safety. There’s much information available surrounding the use of these devices and the best way to go about obtaining them. Ask your supplier or browse online.
- Quality of product is an important aspect when it comes to purchasing anything of the load restraint nature. Cheap, poorly designed systems post a threat as they run risk of snapping or breaking while in use.
- Consider the reputability of the company from which you purchase your load restraint systems. Take time to review their safety procedures, customer service and quality guarantees (if any).
There’s no room for taking risks with cargo restraints, tie down straps and truck tie downs showing signs of wear & tear. Use the best in good condition or you’re taking unnecessary risks!
This run down probably has you identifying areas where these systems could be of use to you.
Whatever the scenario, ensure your load restraint supplier is certified, accommodating and reputable. Great customer service is a bonus. The moment you suspect a problem you need them on your side.
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Now, strap & go!