The Cargo-Lashing Expert

Cargo securing for the economically minded

Cargo in trolleys on wheels

Cargo securing for the economically minded

This is post number 25 in a series of cargo securing advice and useful hints. These are meant for people who think economically. They do not like to waste time, muscle power, risk their health or pay fines.

Earlier, in post nr.7, I wrote about friction, the essential part of the most common way of lashing. No friction = no top-over lashing. How about having the cargo on wheels inside the trailer? Many delivery trucks drive around with their cargo in trolleys on wheels so no friction. In many cases the driver relies on the side walls, and

just secure the trolleys from moving backwards with a strap across the load behind the trolleys.

This method has two disadvantages, firstly the track in a box trailer wall is not meant to be loaded in direction across the trailer. Secondly the strap across the load might crush the trolleys or the cargo in it. It would be much more efficient and cause less damages to the cargo if a tarpaulin would be used as a spring lashing to prevent movement backwards. Also other movements would be prevented if the tarpaulin covers the entire cargo in case the walls are not strong enough.


Drive safely,

Cargo Lashing Expert