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Curtain Sided Vehicles

April 19, 2010

The Health and Safety Executive aims to cut the risk of loads falling from vehicles. There is a particular worry about offloading from curtain-sided bodywork. The HSE is unhappy that curtains are used as a substitute for a load restraint system.

Loads need to be secured as if they were being carried on a flatbed truck. No curtains, not even those rated as ‘XL’ according to EN 12642, are strong enough for use as load-restraints. The rules say that curtains must not be considered part of the load restraint system. For trailer makers and bodybuilders this means that they need to consider offering a separate and suitable load securing system or lashing points.

Source: AIRSO

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