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Inspecting the cargo on a semi-truck.

Inspecting the cargo on a semi-truck is an essential part of ensuring safety, compliance, and the integrity of the load. Here are the steps to properly inspect cargo on a semi-truck:

  1. Begin by ensuring you have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses, and appropriate footwear.

  2. Conduct a visual inspection of the exterior of the trailer to check for any damage, leaks, or signs of tampering. Look for dents, punctures, loose or missing bolts, or any other abnormalities.

  3. Open the trailer doors and visually inspect the interior. Look for any signs of shifting, damaged or broken cargo, or improper loading techniques. Pay attention to any loose items or containers that may pose a risk during transport.

  4. Verify that the cargo is properly secured. Check for the use of appropriate tie-downs, straps, or blocking and bracing materials to prevent movement or shifting during transit. Ensure that the load is evenly distributed and properly balanced.

  5. If the cargo consists of individual items or packages, check that they are stacked and secured correctly, and that they are not at risk of falling or becoming damaged during transportation.

  6. If the cargo includes hazardous materials, ensure that proper placards, labels, and documentation are present and in compliance with relevant regulations such as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

  7. Pay attention to weight distribution. Make sure the cargo weight is within legal limits and properly distributed to maintain stability during transit. Consult load distribution guidelines and regulations specific to your region.

  8. Document any discrepancies, damage, or issues found during the inspection. Take photographs if necessary to support any claims or reports.

  9. If you notice any problems, address them immediately. Depending on the severity, this may involve contacting your supervisor, the shipping company, or making necessary adjustments to secure or reorganize the cargo.

  10. Upon completion of the inspection, ensure that the trailer doors are closed securely and locked if required.

Remember, cargo inspections should be conducted regularly and documented appropriately. They contribute to safe transportation, regulatory compliance, and the protection of both the driver and other road users.



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