Proper Cargo Securement of Fruit Bins. Background. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) new cargo securement rules, January 1, 2004 Letter to FMCSA from WSP seeking guidance as to proper method of securement of fruit bins
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CFR 393.100 - …cargo must be secured to prevent load from leaking, spilling, blowing or falling from the motor vehicle.
CFR 393.102 – Securement systems must provide a downward force equivalent to at least 20% of the weight of the article of cargo…
CFR 393.106 – Cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle…
CFR 393.110 - ...the minimum number of tiedowns required to secure an article, or group of articles against movement depends on the length of the article.
3/8 inch wire cable that criss-crosses at the front and rear of the load.
Cable hooked to corner iron then to side of load.
Continue to use 3/8 inch cable criss-crossed in front and rear with cable running the length of the top row of bins.
In addition, one tiedown for every 10 feet of article length or fraction thereof (with headerboard).
3/8 inch cable
One extra tiedown within the first ten feet if no headerboard or bulkhead.
Without 3/8 inch cable configuration, you will need tiedowns on every stack of bins (with headerboard).
Tiedowns on every stack of bins. One extra tiedown on first stack (without headerboard).