Load Securement

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This is part of the Vehicle-Related Practices from the IOGP Land Transportation Safety Recommended Practice documented in their Report 365. This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

Only operate vehicles with loads properly secured.

  • All loads are secured to prevent damage, movement, or loss during and after transit.


  • Are competent in load securement.
  • Ensure loads (cargo) are properly secured.
  • Ensure that the loads and passenger numbers do not exceed the manufacturer’s specifications and local legal limits for the vehicle, including consideration for the mass of the vehicle occupants.
  • Ensure that the passenger compartment of the vehicle is kept free from loose objects that might lead to driver distraction or become hazardous projectiles if a rollover or abrupt vehicle manoeuvre occurs. Loose items, including personal items and PPE, are stored in a locker, trunk or a storage compartment of the vehicle. If their vehicle does not have enough storage for these things, drivers make sure that loose objects are secured in a safe and responsible manner.

Supervisors, Managers, Leaders:

  • Ensure and verify that the person in charge of the load securement (e.g., driver, helper, or operator) is competent in load securement.
  • Ensure that axle loading does not exceed the manufacturer’s specifications and local legal.limits for the vehicle.
  • Ensure proper and adequate load securement devices and associated equipment is available and serviceable.

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