On Sept. 28, 2018, Team Pro-Enviro was called to help after a semi-truck carrying agricultural tires lost its load. The tires slipped off the semi-trailer on Northbound Interstate 5 in Kent, WA. Team Pro-Enviro responded quickly with a Century heavy-duty tow rotating boom truck to help with the load shift service.
The cargo was quickly lifted and placed onto a nearby flatbed tow truck, then transported to a secured storage yard. There, we conducted a quick cargo reload service and properly secured it for its final leg of the journey.
How To Prevent Load Shifts
Team Pro-Enviro doesn’t just offer cleanup services for oil spills and leaks; we can also help with cargo spills, and cargo reload. Unfortunately, when a load shift occurs, it can risk causing an accident and causes delays. However, you can take a few steps to help prevent this from happening and need a load shift service.
Most importantly is to balance the load without overloading anything. An overweight load can cause a load shift, the brakes to fail, and increase the stopping distance. Balance is equally key to ensure the cargo is not off-centre, which makes turning more difficult if not dangerous. The final step is properly securing the load by ensuring it’s braced and tied down the right way so nothing shifts.
The Danger of Load Shifts
Load shifts are dangerous in more ways than one. If the load causes an imbalance, there is a risk that the truck will rollover. That is dangerous to the driver and anyone else on the road. Spilled loads can also create hazards on the road, such as broken glass, spilled planks or, in this case, tire spills.
A loose piece of cargo could also fall free and crash into cars behind, causing injury and accidents. Professional cargo reload services ensure your load is properly tied down and safe. To prevent an accident requiring this service, always ensure your loading staff are well-trained and double-check every load before departure.
Team Pro-Enviro Performs Load Shift and Recovery Services
Pro-Enviro is a division of Pro-Tow 24 Hour Towing. The Pro-Enviro division specializes in motor vehicle fluid spill response, recovery, and cleanup. Another big part of what we do is load shift and load recovery services.
If you’re load shifts, or you need cleanup response, contact Pro-Enviro!