Transport cargo can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. Unfortunately, a significant cause of load shifts is imbalanced or improper loading. A heavy imbalanced load will throw off the trailer’s center of gravity, causing it to tip, jack-knife, blow tires, or cause other semi-truck accidents.
As a truck driver, driving around with heavy loads involves much more than experienced driving. While safe speeds and slow turns are critical, sometimes a load shift can happen and cause serious troubles.
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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.
A shifting load can cause an accident, delay, and requiring a load shift service means expensive downtime. Improper loading is the leading cause of a load shift. There are a few key things to avoid when loading your trailers or flatbeds. Preventing load shifts keeps drivers safe, trucks on the road and customers happy. It’s worth taking the extra time to ensure your cargo is loaded correctly.
In this incident, on November 17, 2020, Team Pro-Enviro got a call for a load shift service in Kent, WA. A trailer loaded with tiles was damaged and needed help. Once we got to the scene, our team put together a game plan for the safest, most efficient load shift and load recovery.
In this incident, on April 14, 2020, Team Pro-Enviro was called in for a load shift service for a step-deck trailer carrying glass sheets. The load shifted and left shattered glass everywhere. There were several slabs of 1/4 inch glass that had broken. After taking a closer look, we discovered a significant amount of glass caught along the curtain area and track. We needed a plan for this cleanup response.
In this incident, on November 23, 2020, Team Pro-Enviro received a call for an emergency load recovery in Kent, WA. A few pictures were sent to us before we left, which let us know that we needed a heavy-duty rotator for this job. We sent an HD rotating crane style wrecker and Incident Commander ahead to the scene. Once our team then arrived, we did a detailed scene assessment.